Having a pet can be rough. Sure, they’re cute and cuddly and give you unconditional love, but you also have to do gross things for them. Like check dog poo for signs of unhealthiness, for example. Or watch your cat go to the toot so you can make sure they’re pooping normally. Pet parent life is strange.

Pet owners also need to check their pet’s poos more often, looking for signs their dog/cat might be unwell or need nutritional care. I , for one, had no idea what I needed to be looking for when it came to healthy pet poo. No more!

COLOUR

The colour of your pet’s poop can be the most revealing of all. If you’ve noticed something a bit off, below’s a lil’ cheat sheet that can provide some insight.

DOGS:

Brown: Healthy turds are light to dark brown in colour.
Black: Indicates bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract, like mouth, stomach or small intestines.
Red streaks: Also not good, as it indicates bleeding in the lower digestive tract.
Grey or yellow: This relates to bile in the stool and potential liver, gallbladder or pancreas problems.
White spots: Your dog could have intestinal worms.
White and chalky: Doggo’s diet could be too high in calcium, which may lead to constipation.

CATS:

Brown: Healthy turds are light to dark brown in colour.
Black: Indicates bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract, like the mouth, stomach or small intestines.
Red streaks: Also not good, as it indicates bleeding in the lower digestive tract.
Grey or yellow: This relates to bile in the stool and potential liver or gallbladder problems.
White spots: Your cat could have intestinal worms.

THE ULTIMATE POOP:

We’ve all given birth to the perfect poo, and the same thing can exist for your animal counterparts. Keep reading to see what a perfect cat or dog bum baby looks like.

DOGS:

Odour: A non-offensive, mild stank.
Colour: Light to dark brown.
Coating: Non-existent coating, however, it should be moist and shiny.
Contents: Lil’ bit of hair and grass is A-OK.
Frequency: 1-3 times a day.
Texture: No residue when picked up, but pliable.
Size: Proportionate to pooch.

CATS:

Odour: A non-offensive, mild stank.
Colour: Light to dark brown.
Coating: Non-existent coating, however, it should be moist and shiny.
Contents: Lil’ bit of fur is A-OK.
Frequency: 1-3 times a day.
Texture: Firm, but mouldable like kid’s play dough.
Size: Proportionate to kitty.

Happy pooping y’all. That goes for you humans too.

This article is in partnership with CGU Insurance, helping rescue Australia’s lost ambition.