Fecal chart shows pet health by scoring poop

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Apart from the nonsensical dialogue, the following is a true story. :P I had to give it the words since my dog refuses to speak human to me. The scoring chart appears later in this post if you are looking for that specifically :P

Donna: Oh look, look! That black cat is pooping!

Human: You know it’s rude to stare.

Donna: That’s ok, we’re to the back of him anyway.

Human: Oh geez, that’s not the point.

Donna: Don’t oh geeze me, I can’t think of anyone ruder than you! You stare at me all the time. You even say “poop” very loudly every time I poop! If that’s not embarrassing, I don’t know what is!

Human: Hey, hey, at least I say “poop” and not “BOMBS AWAY!!!!!” ok. And if you would only learn to poop on command, I’ll stop saying it repeatedly right away. :D

Donna: You know something is wrong with the way you are doing it if I’m not behaving the way you want me to. Oh look, the black cat is done! He doesn’t seem that effective, is he? The way he is pawing half-heartedly at the ground? … Oh-oh, he saw us!… He’s  going away… let’s go, let’s go… I gotta sniff the poop!

Human: I can’t believe this… if you go sniff it, people may think it is your dog poop, not a stray cat’s poop.

Donna: Well, pick it up then. You pick up my poop all the time. See, I stay here and sniff nicely while you pick it up. :3

The poop on command, apparently there is such a thing – see video. We’ve not have a puppy so I’m not sure how applicable this trainer’s instruction is, but it does sound logical. Unfortunately, it may be too late for our adult dog since she only goes once a day. :P


Fecal Scoring System for Cats and Dogs

We developed the habit of checking Donna’s poop whenever we pick it up to throw after that time she murdered a beanie panda and started pooping beanie pallets for perhaps less than a week.

Poop scoring chart from Purina

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Normally, it is also a good habit to check just to make sure she is doing ok on whatever food we are feeding her, and also if there are other strange things that she may have ingested without us knowing. So it is useful to at least know what poop belonging to a healthy dog should look like – see this useful poop scoring chart to the left. I’ve shrank the image so it’s small and less offensive :P

Found this chart via Sand Springs Chesapeakes, who also wrote about intestinal parasites that can cause a pet’s poop to be abnormal. I found that gross and interesting, since I’ve not read up on the topic before. :P

According to the company that created this chart, you want your dog or cat to poop something that will score 2 points. Description of the scoring scale follows below.

Fecal consistency is primarily a function of the amount of moisture in the stool and can be used to identify changes in colonic health and other problems. Ideally, in a healthy animal, stools should be firm but not hard, pliable and segmented, and easy to pick up (Score 2).

Score 1
Stool very hard and dry
Much effort required to expel feces from body
No residue left on the ground when feces picked up
Often expelled as individual pellets

Score 2
Stool firm but not hard
Pliable and segmented in appearance
Little or no residue left on ground when picked up

Score 3
Stool log-like
No segmentation visible
Moist surface
Leaves residue but remains firm when picked up

Score 4
Feces very moist (soggy)
Distinct log shape
Leave residue and loses form when picked up

Score 5
Feces very moist
Distinct shape (piles rather than log shape)
Leaves residue and loses form when picked up

Score 6
Feces has texture but no defined shape
Occurs in piles or looks like spots
Leaves residue when picked up

Score 7
Feces watery, flat, with no texture
Occurs as puddles
Leaves residue when picked up

Scoring description quoted from this document – http://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/getresource.axd?category=content&id=1325
Image referenced from – http://www.foothillpethospital.com/pet_info-fecalscoring.html – via Sand Spring Chesapeakes

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15 thoughts on “Fecal chart shows pet health by scoring poop

  1. I couldn’t bring myself to read the scoring system…although I do keep an eye on their poop. My dog Sally would pee on command – I think pooping is a little harder to train though…I mean I think they really have to go in order to do it. Mine are pretty regular,so I know when they are ‘scheduled’.

    • It is harder to train for us! But she does know she only gets to go out at specific times, so she “schedules” herself and does it in the morning generally. But it would be nice for her to learn to poop on command, in cases where we are in a hurry and can’t wait 1/2 hour for her to decide the time/spot is right to poop! :P

      The scoring system is not very pretty… but you probably already know your dog poop well!! :D Have a great day!

    • I know, we do that too! – She poop this morning, she didn’t poop this morning. Her poop was kind of runny. I couldn’t pick it up D: Her poop stinks! Think it’s the new food? – :P Amazing what a dog brings to adult conversation huh? :P Hahahahahahahaha!

  2. As long as we are sharing poop stories, be aware that black cat above, if he/she is like most cats with human companions, will walk in on the human when the human is using the toilet.

    In my instance, Andy uses the occasion to use their bathroom litter box to his personal needs. Dougy walks back and forth under my legs (when I’m “sitting”- ha!), tickling them on the underside in a mildly disturbing yet pleasant way.

    THEN…when I stand up, I have to quickly put the lid down or he and Andy put their front paws on the seat to watch “it” swirl around in the bowl, then go down the drain. They are endlessly fascinated.

    I tell you this so you don’t feel any cat deserves privacy when using the litter box or the great out-of-doors. I note, too, that for all the “cats bury their waste” propaganda out there, my late cat Louie, did but my current cats, Andy and Dougy, do not.

    Unfortunately, cat poop is about the right size for a small dog’s “leavings”, which, if you have a small dog, may result in your poor pup being slandered by some self-righteous person who can’t tell one apart from the other. (Come to think of it, neither can I!)

    • Ah that black cat is a stray and yes, it has dispelled for me the myth that “cats bury their waste”. I’m quite sure I was one of those people who would have blamed poop on the grass on small dogs! D: because of the cat myth and also because it is just common to blame dog owners for not picking dog poop I think. At least, I’ve never heard of people complaining about cat poop outside ever!

      I’m trying not to imagine two cats peeping over the toilet bowl, no matter how cute they are :P Bwahahahahaha! Have a good day :)

  3. Oh, poop! The poop posts are the best. I’ve had to teach Maya to poop on command so that I could pick it up right away before my other dog Pierson eats it. Basically, I just had to get a hang of her poop schedule. As soon as I noticed her pattern, it was easier to know when to give the command and expect a poop.

    • Maybe I should be taking down her pooping times to sort of narrow down her schedule… but then again I’m not that diligent on taking her down at the same time every morning which probably messes up the “schedule” probably :P But it’s very true, we usually do not feel the compulsion to train certain things until it presents a problem, such as Pierson eating poop… ewww Pierson!!! :P Have a good day :)

  4. After working at a vet hospital, I’m actually very familiar with fecal scoring! It’s handy, though kinda gross to describe poop! :)

    With one of our dogs I always say “potty!” (and give a treat) when she goes. She kinda takes foreveeer to go so I’m hoping it will speed things up. Haha.

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