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Pet poo facts: things to know about poo

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The ins and outs of your pet’s poo

Pet Poo Facts: Things to Know About Poo.

It’s not one of the most enjoyable things about being a pet parent but cleaning up poo – also known as ‘stools’ or ‘faeces’ – is unavoidable.

While unpleasant and a bit smelly, it’s a task that can give you an insight into the health of your beloved pet.

The following information will help you understand what changes to look out for, allowing you to recognise some problems early on to give your pet the best chance of a quick diagnosis and treatment.

It’s important to check out your pet’s poo

As a pet parent, you’ll be up close and personal with your pet’s poo on a daily basis – when cleaning out their litter box, picking up mess in the garden or scooping up poo when out for a walk with your dog.

This is the perfect time to give your pet’s poo a quick check – looking for clues as to your pet’s state of health.

Get familiar with what is normal for your pet – their normal poo frequency, consistency, colour and volume – as well as how easy or difficult it is for them to defaecate (or pass a stool).

By knowing what’s normal for your pet, you’ll quickly be able to notice if anything is out of the ordinary.

How often is normal?

Most pets will defaecate once or twice a day but each individual is different, so going more or less often could be normal for them. You should talk to your vet if:

Consistency and colour

Changes in consistency from day to day can be completely normal for your pet, depending on their diet.

The colour of your pet’s poo will probably be a shade of brown but it can also be lighter or darker, or even flecked with different colours, depending on the food they’ve eaten. Talk to your vet if your pet’s stools are:

Intestinal Parasites

A bit about intestinal parasites and poo

If you’ve never seen worms in your pet’s poo it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have parasites.

The following intestinal parasites can infect dogs and cats:

Protect your pets from parasites

We understand you want to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal worms, so protect your pets with Advocate, Drontal Allwormer, or Profender for Cats.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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