Your pet’s stool should generally have the same color, size and consistency each time they go. Abnormalities in the color and consistency of your pet’s stool may indicate an underlying problem! Therefore, it is important to monitor your pet’s stool and watch for changes.
Many things can cause variations in your pet’s stool, including:
- Dietary indiscretions (Eating things they aren’t supposed to.)
- Change in diet
- Infectious disease
- Intestinal parasites
- Inflammation conditions
- Bowel obstruction
If your pet is experiencing vomiting, diarrhea and refusing food/water they should be seen as soon as possible by your veterinarian. When you make this appointment, you will be asked to bring a stool sample. A tablespoon sized sample is generally plenty. It is also best to bring as fresh a sample as possible. Some other diagnostic testing may include blood work and x-rays.
One tool to help evaluate your pet’s stool is the fecal scoring chart we use from Purina.
- Score 1: Very hard and dry, often expelled as individual pellets, required much effort to expel from body, leaves no residue on ground when picked up
- Score 2: Firm, but not hard, pliable, segmented in appearance, little to no residue on ground when picked up
- Score 3: Log shaped, moist surface, little or no visible segmentation, leaves residue on ground, but holds form when picked up
- Score 4: Very moist and soggy, log shaped, leaves residue on ground and loses form when picked up
- Score 5: Very moist, but has a distinct shape, present in piles rather than logs, leaves residue on ground and loses form when picked up
- Score 6: Has texture, but no defined shape, present as piles or spots, leaves residue on ground when picked up
- Score 7: Watery, no texture, present in flat puddles
When using this tool to help describe your pet’s stool Score 2 is ideal.
If you have any questions or concerns about changes in your pet’s stool please call to schedule an appointment today!