Why Is My Dog’s Poop Cold? [3 Possible Reasons]

Cold dog poop is not a good sign and indicates several health issues. Dogs’ poop can be cold if there are complications in the gastrointestinal tract. It can also happen if the dog suffers from any virus diseases, such as cold, cough, sneezing, stool problems, etc.

We know that looking at dog poop or cleaning it is not an exciting task. However, observing what comes out of your pet can tell many things about their health and condition. Recently, while cleaning up my dog Bruno’s poop from the porch, I realized it felt kinda cold. But why is my dog’s poop cold?

dogs poop is cold
Why is My Dog’s Poop is Cold?

If you find out your dog has cold poop, the best thing to do is to take them to the vet immediately. But what about other types of poops? How do you know if they are a sign of good or bad health? Well, that is why we are here today.

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Why Is My Dog’s Poop Cold?

If a dog’s poop seems different than usual, it can worry any owner. And if the dog’s poop is cold, it is natural to panic. So what does it mean if a dog’s poop seems cold?

1. Virus Diseases

Seasonal flu or virus attacks can be the reason why your dog’s poop is cold. But there are some common symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing, etc.

Dogs can easily get these virus diseases, especially during cold seasons. However, it is still necessary to check with a vet to ensure the issues are treated immediately.

2. Gastrointestinal Tract Complication

Complications in a dog’s gastrointestinal tract can be the reason why your dog’s poop is cold. Dogs with such issues usually have a history of poor appetite, vomiting, nausea, etc.

The dog will also suffer from extreme abdominal pain if this is the case. So if you notice these signs, you should immediately take the dog to a vet.

3. Maybe It’s Just A Poop

Here is one more thing you need to think about before everything. How long has passed between your dog pooping and you cleaning it?

There is a possibility that the poop had been lying there for long enough to get cold. It is more common during winter than in other seasons. 

woman holding dog poop in bag wondering why it feels cold

What Does Your Dog Poop Say About Your Dog’s Health?

Only if poops could talk, but since dogs or their poops cannot do that, here is everything you need to know about dog poop.


Poop color relates to what they regularly eat. According to vets, healthy dogs’ poop color is various shades of brown, like chocolate brown to dark mahogany.

But if you are giving the dog colorful dog food, they would show in the poop. And if the poop is coming out in other colors, like orange, green or red, white, or gray, they are signs of various bowel and liver diseases. 


A healthy dog has softer poop and comes out in long shapes. Such poops are easy to scoop out and clean. Sometimes dogs poop with Play-Doh consistency, and that is normal as well.

Anything other than those is considered unusual. However, the consistency may change depending on the dog’s diet and mood. The difference is acceptable as long as it is temporary. But if it keeps going on for a long time, that is something to be concerned about.


It is usual for dog poops to contain fur as dogs lick themselves many times throughout the day. But if the amount of fur seems more than traceable, it means your dog is licking itself more frequently, and it also means the dog is going through allergy or other skin issues.

Other than fur, dog poops can contain grass, but too much grass also means your dog is going through stress and anxiety issues. Also, if you notice worms coming out with your dog’s poop, you need to consult a vet soon.


Dog poop should not have any coating other than just the poop. So if you find sticky, slimy substances or blood in the poop, it indicates a trip to the vet. Another thing you need to pay attention to is that there should not be any smell left after you clean up the poop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is my dog poop white?

If your dog’s poop is white, it can indicate several things. White dog poop means there must be a parasitic or nutrition problem. It can also happen if the dog is suffering from any internal issues. Whatever it is, white dog feces is never a good sign.

Q. Why is there blood in my dog’s poop?

Dog poop contains blood if the dog is suffering from constipation, bacterial illness, food allergies, etc. However, it can also happen due to critical issues, such as injury, cancer, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, etc. Either way, if your dog has blood in its poop, it is mandatory to consult a vet.

Q. How often should a dog poop?

It always varies from dog to dog. Some dogs poop twice a day, while others poop more than twice a day. It depends mostly on what the dog eats and how often. Nevertheless, neither frequent pooping nor less pooping is good for any dog.

Q. How can I make my dog poop?

If your dog is suffering from constipation or pooping out hard stools, it can be really painful for the dog. In that case, you need to consult a vet, and your dog will be provided with stool-softening medicine.

dogs poop is cold
Dogs’ poop is cold

Final Thoughts

Dog feces often indicate various health issues that you may not know about. Unless you took a long time to notice that your dog pooped, it should not be cold. Other than that, unusual poop color, consistency, coating, or content is not a good sign.

So it is necessary to watch what food you are giving to your dogs and monitor their health and behavior. If any abnormality shows up, it is essential to see a vet without wasting time. And that helped me treat my dog early, and he recovered faster.

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Family Dog Expert Author

Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.