What Does Normal Puppy Poop Look Like?

Many of our first-time puppy owners frequently will contact Texas Australian Labradoodles asking lots of questions regarding what is normal and what is not. It is not uncommon to get questions like how to bathe their puppy to prevent water in the ears, best approach to clip their puppy’s nails without injuring their newest addition to their family, or what to do when their puppy doesn’t want to eat. Although we provide ongoing support to the owners once our puppies go to their new homes, we answer many questions and discuss new families’ concerns and give lots of tips daily puppy care, grooming, housebreaking, crate training, etc.

After completing another Open House, we have come to realize that a blog post is needed so that all new puppy owners could use as a reference guide. Although we have to caution, that if you ever become concerned about your puppy’s stools, it is best to take him to be checked out by a veterinarian. To speed things along, you might want to bag a sample of the poop so that your vet can examine it under the microscope and assist him in making the proper diagnosis. If left untreated, your puppy’s health may deteriorate, costing you a lot more than just money.

The Four Cs of Poop

Texas Australian Labradoodles normal puppy poop

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Why worry about your puppy’s poop? Well, because more than half of your puppy’s immune system is contained within the digestive tract. Poop can actually tell you a lot! For example, it can tell you if your puppy is digesting his food properly, his hydration status, if he has eaten inedibles, or if it looks abnormal (clay colored or red/black).

Puppy Poop Color

Texas Australian 4 C's on puppy poop

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Puppies that drink their mom’s milk, eating either puppy food or receive supplemental vitamins and minerals may have slightly unfirm poop. This is due to the amount of oils and fats in their diet. However, if your puppy has loose or water stools, such as with diarrhea, he may be having an issue. This is where your vet comes in because it might be almost impossible for you to identify the problem alone.

Texas Australian Labradoodles what you need to know about puppy poop

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Although puppy and dog food will vary from dog to dog, it is important that you pay attention to your puppy’s feces so that you will know what is normal and abnormal for your pet. However, here is a general rule of thumbs:

Intermittent diarrhea may signify that your puppy is stressed (he might be getting used to his new surroundings) or you’re changing his food too quickly.
Hard poop may indicate dehydration (please ensure that your puppy has access to clean water throughout the day).
Presence of mucus may mean that your puppy is having difficult digestion.
Red or black tarry stools may indicate either upper or lower gastrointestinal track bleed. Rule out any possibilities for bleed, such as straining, excessive diarrhea, etc, before you panic. However, if your puppy is lethargic, vomiting and has diarrhea with terrible odor, take him to your vet immediately as these are some of the symptoms of Parvo, which often is deadly to puppies and many adult dogs. When examining your puppy’s poop, look for worms (they look like small grains of rice).
Undigested food may mean that your puppy is struggling with grain digestion.
Whitish or clay looking stools may be produced by raw meat bone diet.

Perfect Dog Poop

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To ensure proper digestive health for your puppies, ensure that they are fed the appropriate diet, supplements and natural treats. Always monitor your puppy’s stools, especially if you take him to the areas where other dogs frequent, such as the doggy park. Ensure that you puppy has access to fresh and clean water throughout the day, especially on hot days. If diarrhea or constipation occur, give a teaspoon of organic cooked pumpkin puree (once daily) as it is loaded with natural fiber. You can even mix it with a little bit of yogurt for additional probiotics.