The color and texture of the poop of your Shih Tzu can provide you with more information than you think, from clues about their health or type of diet to warning you of the presence of possible parasites or digestive problems.

Not all Shih Tzu poops are the same, not only because of the size or consistency but also because of their color; the feces can vary depending on different factors that we are going to analyze in this article. If there are abnormalities in any of these characteristics, then it’s time that you worry about your Shih Tzu’s health.

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHIH TZU POOPS?

The main reason why one poop is lighter or darker than another is because of the Shih Tzu’s diet. A Shih Tzu that eat natural food such as the Barf Diet have consistent stools, without much shine and natural brown color. However, Shih Tzus that are fed with kibbles have less consistent and much bulkier feces due to the enormous amount of filler used in making this type of Shih Tzu dog food.

HOW MANY TIMES DO SHIH TZUS POOP?

The number of times a Shih Tzu poops per day is an indicator of whether or not they have digestive problems, if they are eating enough, or if they are constipated or sick. Therefore, not only observing your Shih Tzu’s poop texture is important but also observing how many times they poop.

A Shih Tzu poops at least once a day but the number of times they do it is determined by how many times they eat. After all, pooping is part of the digestive process.

Changes in lifestyle can also influence the frequency of pooping. For instance, constipation in Shih Tzus may be a result of an active lifestyle and can result in multiple pooping every day. A day or two without a bowel movement is not a cause for concern but good hydration, regular exercise, and digestive enzymes can greatly help in making your Shih Tzu’s pooping cycle normal.

WHAT IS A NORMAL SHIH TZU POOP?

WHAT IS A NORMAL SHIH TZU POOP?

Picking up our Shih Tzu’s poop is not always pleasant but as responsible owners, we must always do it. You might think that understanding your Shih Tzu’s poop is not something that you need to do but it’s very helpful in determining if your Shih Tzu has eaten something bad or if they’re not feeling so good.

The meaning of your Shih Tzu’s poop can give you more information than you think it would. Generally, you would know that they are fine if you see the following indications on their poop:

  • The color of the poop is brown
  • It is shaped like a trunk, usually in several pieces 
  • You can easily pick it up with a bag

Usually, Shih Tzu poop is light or dark brown, but it should always be brown. The color of the poop always determines what their diet is like. That’s why there are different colors for each food they eat.

In addition to that, you will know that everything is fine with your Shih Tzu because their poop is solid and is shaped like a churro or trunk that you can easily pick up with a bag without leaving any residues on the ground. Also, when it’s inside the bag and you squeeze it, it’s not too soft or too hard and it never loses its shape.

On the other hand, when your Shih Tzu’s poop does not meet any of these considered “normal” criteria, it might be because they have some health problems. Observe whether or not this happens often and if it does, immediately take your Shih Tzu to the veterinarian. You’d know that something is wrong with your Shih Tzu if you observe the following in their poop:

    • Soft, runny, or too hard
    • Has a different color 
    • Small white strokes appear
    • Or when your Shih Tzu takes a couple of days without pooping


TYPES OF SHIH TZU POOP AND WHAT THEY MEAN

TYPES OF SHIH TZU POOP AND WHAT THEY MEAN

MEANING OF POOP COLOR

Your Shih Tzu’s poop won’t always have the same color especially if they’re eating a different type of food every day. Although different, they have some meanings attached to it which is very important to your Shih Tzu’s health.  

White or off-white poop

This is usually observed on Shih Tzus that feed on natural food (BARF). The poop discolors in a few hours, turning white. They can also be due to excess calcium from bone or eggshells in the diet.

Black or dark brown poop

A high amount of meat in your Shih Tzu’s diet can cause their feces to be very dark or black. Also, coagulated blood can contribute that color to your Shih Tzu’s poop, so it is always advisable to consult the vet if your Shih Tzu regularly poops with this color.

Light brown or yellowish poop

Too many products made from milk such as cheese, whey or yogurt can cause the color of your Shih Tzu’s poop to be yellowish or light brown. Some uncommon foods in your Shih Tzu’s diet or an excess of corn in the kibble can also contribute to this color.

Greenish poop

If your Shih Tzu’s poop is green, it might indicate the presence of parasites or that they have eaten lots of grass that causes an allergic reaction.

If this happens frequently, you should go to the veterinarian for your Shih Tzu to take the appropriate tests and rule out any serious illnesses.

Grayish poop

When your Shih Tzu’s poop is gray, it is a red flag to call the vet and do the necessary tests.

Gray stool can signal that your Shih Tzu may have liver, gallbladder, or pancreatic problems. In the case of the pancreas, a digestive enzyme deficiency may be occurring that does not allow the stool to have the usual brown color. The gallbladder may be obstructed and does not allow digestive enzymes to pass into the intestine. Another possible cause is that the liver is not working well as it should.

Poop with whitish grains

This might be a sign of parasites so if you observe this in your Shih Tzu’s poop, you must take them to the veterinarian immediately.

MEANING OF POOP TEXTURE

MEANING OF POOP TEXTURE

Just as the color can give us clues about our Shih Tzu’s diet or health, the texture can also give us important information. This does not mean that we have to be experimenting with our dog’s poop, but when we pick it up with a bag to throw it away, we will know what its texture is. We can also do this with a simple eye inspection.

Pools of hard consistency

Shih Tzus with a natural diet often poops a consistency that could be classified as normal. Their poop is often soft but shaped well and not very fragrant.

Shih Tzus fed with kibbles with high amounts of astringents, such as rice or beet pulp, have poops of hard consistency, although it’s much more voluminous and smelly. Some people mistakenly believe that because their Shih Tzu has hard poops, they are feeding them with good food, when in fact, they are feeding them with astringents which is unnatural for Shih Tzus to consume.

Pools of medium consistency – soft

Shih Tzus that are fed with kibbles that do not contain any excess astringents such as rice will have a soft but not watery poop. This means that the kibble is of good quality and your Shih Tzu’s body is responding well to it.

Pools of watery consistency – diarrheal

When something goes wrong in your Shih Tzu’s digestive system, it usually manifests itself through the appearance of watery and usually very smelly feces. There can be a lot of reasons for this but they should never be interpreted as a normal or healthy stool.

Poor consistency or diarrheal stools can be caused by poor diet, a health problem, or a viral or parasitic problem. Stress can also cause this type of stool.

Very shiny poop, with mucus and/or worms

Very shiny poops tell you that there is an excess of fat in your Shih Tzu’s diet, something that can damage their pancreas. If its appearance is watery or with mucous, it may indicate the presence of some intestinal bacteria that causes the detachment of the flora, it could also indicate the presence of some intestinal parasites like giardiasis.

If you observe the presence of some type of worm in the poop, you should immediately go to the vet with a stool sample. Each type of parasite requires a specific treatment, so only after analyzing the feces can the vet determine which is the best treatment for your Shih Tzu.

Blood in poop

There are multiple reasons why your Shih Tzus poop is bloody. However, it is a veterinary emergency especially if there is lots of blood. Eating dirt, anus injury, parasites, cancer, or a foreign object in the gut are some of the reasons why this happens.

Remember to take a sample of your Shih Tzu’s poop so that the veterinarian can diagnose the cause and indicate the treatment to be made.


CONCLUSION

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your Shih Tzu’s poop is directly related to their diet so make sure to give them a healthy diet to promote good digestion. Regular exercises and a loving environment can also contribute greatly to their health so make sure that you give them all these things to give them a good quality of life.