Dogs run around endlessly, hoovering up your floors and nibbling at dead, half-eaten rodents on their walk. This understandably gives humans the impression that their stomachs are somewhat invincible to most things on this earth. However, unusual-looking excrement can often be a sign they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. It can indicate a serious underlying condition, but this article will offer you guidance on how to care for dogs with peculiar looking stools.
White objects in your dog’s feces can often be a sign of something sinister. One such sinister cause is tapeworms. Tapeworms are highly contagious and are picked up when your dog comes into contact with an infected host. The white in the stool is usually the tapeworms themselves or their eggs.
Fortunately, an article from the ‘Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice,' outlined a number of straightforward steps you can take to care for a dog with tapeworms. The first thing to do is consult your vet, who will give your dog de-worming medication to kill any worms. But you must also clear up any feces from the house and garden promptly, plus keep their area clean and disinfected, to limit the spread of the worms.
Another common cause of white specks in dogs’ stools are roundworms. These parasites feed off your dog’s intestines and insides and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. The white in their stool is likely to be the worms or eggs, but you must treat the issue promptly, as hundreds, if not thousands of eggs can hatch each day inside your dog.
The Veterinary Journal was quick to detail the problem and offer a number of steps owners can take to care for dogs suffering with a roundworm infestation. Treatment from your vet is the first port of call, but then try to keep interaction with any household pets or other dogs to a minimum to prevent the infection spreading. Wash their bedding and disinfect their area, plus keep them away from densely canine populated areas, such as kennels and dog training classes.
Dogs’ stools often reveal a tremendous amount about their diet and health. Inconsistent stools, or stools containing unusual colors, are often signs of a poor diet, that is lacking certain nutrients. When your dog has all the vitamins, minerals and fiber it needs, the stool will be brown and solid.
Thankfully, you can tweak your dog’s diet with a few simple steps. Aim to give your dog a balanced diet of raw, lean meats, fresh fruit, and vegetables, and avoid starchy foods like potatoes. A diet containing these things should lead to healthy looking, if not unpleasant smelling, stools.
The Fecal Conclusion
White in your dog’s stool should never be ignored. It is often a sign of a serious underlying condition, like an infestation of tapeworms or roundworms. These can be treated with de-worming medication from the vet, plus proactive cleaning and monitoring steps by owners. Problems with your dog’s stool could also be a sign of a lack of key nutrients. Feeding your dog a balanced diet of raw, lean meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and avoiding starchy foods, may relieve any stool inconsistencies and peculiarities.