What to look for in your pet’s poo
IT'S the new doggie doo do - look before you scoop.
Yet research shows that three-quarters of pet owners don't know what to look for.
Petbarn and Greencross Vets have launched a campaign to get owners to put in motion a new No.2 routine.
According to their stool tool, a healthy canine or feline bowel movement is light to dark brown, moist, shiny and pliable.
Other colours, white spots or red streaks could be a sign of stomach, small intestine or liver problems.
Greencross Vets regional clinical director Dr Adam Sternbergsaid that just like with humans, health problems could show up in a pet's poo.
"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," he said.
But if you get a bit squeamish at the thought you could outsource the toilet task.
Bec Thomas runs Fetch, a business that specialises in pet care, an arm of which is a poo squad service.
"Mostly people don't want to do it themselves or they don't have the time," Bec says of her business.
"And if I notice anything abnormal I will always notify the client so they can keep an eye on their pet."