Our furry friends can’t tell us when they have an upset stomach or aren’t feeling 100 per cent, so examining their poo can actually tell you a lot about their health.
According to a recent survey*, 75 per cent of Aussies aren’t certain about what they should be looking for when it comes to healthy pet poo. While it may not be your favourite thing to do, you really should be examining your pet’s poo on a weekly basis, suggests Dr Veronica Monaghan, Chief Veterinary Officer at Greencross Vets.
Now, Petbarn and Greencross Vets are launching a campaign to ‘check it before you chuck it’, in a bid to increase awareness about your pet’s gut health.
“We know poo can be a taboo subject but it’s the first place a poor diet shows up when it comes to our furry friends. With this new campaign we hope to open a conversation with our customers about their pet’s poo,” Dr Monaghan says.
How to tell if your pet’s poo is healthy
Since many of us aren’t quite sure how our pet’s poo should look, any health issues can easily go undetected.
“Just like us humans, your pet’s poo offers clues about whether they have a healthy digestive system. A healthy dog or cat will produce less smelly, smaller and firmer poos that are comfortable for them to pass and easy for you to clean up,” Dr Adam Sternberg, Regional Clinical Director at Greencross Vets, explains.
If you come across a something that you’re unsure of, Dr Stenberg says a simple stool test at your local vet can help determine if there’s anything wrong.
What to look for
These handy charts from Petbarn gives a comprehensive overview, including colour, contents and texture, of what you should be looking for when it comes to your dog or cat:
*Results from a recent survey of 500 cat and dog owners within Australia by Lightspeed Research.