What are the black bugs in my dog’s poop? The Ultimate Guide

Are there any bugs that are black?

When you see black bugs wriggling around in your dog’s feces, it will most likely be either dung beetles or house ants. In order to know for certain, you’ll have to take a closer look. We know, nobody wants to go poop-diving… but it needs to be done for the sake of your dog’s health.

If, after taking a closer look, you think these bugs don’t look like dung beetles or black ants, you’ll have to collect a sample of the poop and take it to your vet.

It’s worth mentioning here that there can be sometimes black spots in your dog’s poop, which can look like black bugs. These black specks are also a cause of concern as they can be spots of dried blood. Contact your vet if you see these.

What are the main types of bugs that can be seen in dog poop?

To simplify this discussion, we’ll divide the bugs into two types: external and internal. As their name implies, external bugs come from outside your dog; while internal ones occur inside, like intestinal worms/parasites.

The most common external bugs that are found in your dog’s stool are fly larvae, dung beetles, and black ants. Sometimes you might even see slugs in your dog’s poop. As a pet owner, none of these are a cause for concern. These aren’t coming from the inside of your dog. As hard as it is to believe, your dog’s poop is full of nutrients for these bugs to enjoy.

When it comes to internal bugs, however, you should worry about these. The most common internal worms that you’ll be able to see in your dog’s poop are intestinal worms, which include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.

What could the bugs be?

In this next section, we are going to look at how you can identify these bugs and how to stop this from happening again.

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