There’s no way around it: Part of having a dog means you’re regularly scooping up poop.
Even if you have the sweetest, most adorable pup in the world, this task is never fun. But it is important. (And not just because your neighbor gets upset every time you forget.) The color and consistency of your dog’s poop can give you a lot of information about what’s going on inside his body—and whether a health issue could be brewing, says Judy Morgan, DVM, author of From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to what you’re picking up. While the occasional poop problem may not be cause for concern, knowing what’s normal for your dog makes it easy to tell when something is wrong, says Abby Huggins, DVM, veterinarian at Intown Animal Hospital in Atlanta and a representative of Nulo Pet Food.
Here are 6 common signs to look for, plus what they mean.
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