It is hard to find a dog ho is unwilling to eat his dinner, and they are ever ready to indulge when it is treat time. As much as dogs eat during the day, many pet parents get concerned when their furry buddy fails to poop after eating. It is important for pet owners to understand, when it comes to having bowel movements, some dogs tend to have to go more often than others, one of the best things that people can do is monitor their dogs’ bathroom habits, so that they learn what is normal bathroom behavior for them. Here is some more information every pet owner needs to know about their dog and why they don’t always poop after they eat.

Why does my dog not poop after eating?

There are any number of reasons a dog might forgo the opportunity to poop after he eats. If a dog chooses not to have a bowel movement after eating, a pet parent should not feel the urge to rush them to the veterinarian. It is not abnormal for a dog to skip going to the bathroom for a day or two. It is important for people to monitor their pets bowel movements and observe its appearance. If it appears to be a different consistency or a different color, then there may be some cause for concern.

What should my dog’s poop look like?

Inspecting a dog’s poop is probably not on a list of things the average pet parents want to do, but it is necessary in terms of the things people need to do to ensure that their pets remain healthy and happy. There are four top characterizes of a dog’s bowel movements, they are: consistency, color, coating and content. It is important for people to understand what they need to look for in each of these characteristics. 

What should the consistency of my dog’s poop be?

If a dog is healthy the consistency of the poop should be somewhat firm. It should not be so hard that the dog has difficulties eliminating their bowels, as that would be an indication that they are constipated. Healthy dog poop should resemble the consistency of bread dough, or clay. Healthy dog poop also should not have the appearence of having any type of a coating over it.

What color should my dog’s poop be?

The color of a dog’s poop can vary based on what they eat. Normally dog poop can be anywhere from golden brown to deep mahogany. It all depends on the ingredients contained in the foods they eat. If the color of a dogs’s poop appears as a color other than golden brown or mahogany pet owners need to take them in to see their vet, because it could be an indication that there is something serious going on with their health.

Could the color of my dog’s poop indicate that there is something wrong with his digestive system? 

If a dog’s poop appears to have red streaks in it, that is an indication that he has bleeding somewhere in the lower tract of his digestive system. Hematochezia (btight red blood), can appear in diarrhea as well as in fiem stools. The appearance of Hematochrzia indicates that a dog could have acute inflammatory bowel disease, colitis diarrhea or cancer. Melena occure when a dog has bleeding in the upper digestive tract. 

Melena has the appearance of black ink, and has the consistency of jelly. Melena and diarrhea do not commonly appear together, and when it occurs, the bowel movements are usually fully formed. The condition can occur as the result of a severe food intolerance, however there are a number of serious medical conditions associated with melena, they include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Parvovirus
  • Inflammatoty bowel disease
  • Hemorrhagic-gastroenteritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Vital bacterial infections
  • Cancer

What does it mean if my dog has a coating over his poop?

Coverings over a dogs bowel movements can be due to a number of things. When a sog has a covering of mucus over his poop, that could mean that their colon is inflamed. When this happens the dogs colon wi often secrete excessive amounts of mucus. The discharge  is discharged along with the stool. When a dog’s colon is inflamed, it is often an indication that they have a bacterial infection. It can also indicate that the dog has intestional parasites, ir they are stressed. 

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