As a dog parent, do you watch your dog closely when she poops? Do you wonder what your dog’s poop color means? Let’s find out.
Brown poop with red streaks – brown is the normal dog poop color. Red streaks could mean an ulcer or wound is bleeding somewhere, from her stomach to her anus.
If the streaks remain minimal then there’s no need to panic. But if mucus and persistent diarrhea accompany the streaks then bring your dog to the emergency pet clinic.
Brown poop with white specks or spots – these white blobs are worms. They sometimes look like thin strands of cooked pasta. With proper de-worming medicine, the condition should stop.
Dark maroon or black poop – means that your pet is bleeding internally and the blood has been digested. Unlike the brown with red streaks, these two colors require an immediate trip to the vet for emergency diagnostics.
Gray poop – shiny, gray poop means trouble in the pancreas. This could be from eating food that is high in fat. It’s a serious condition so bring your pet to the vet. Treatment can range from a change in your dog’s diet or medications.
Green poop – a greenish tint indicates either a normal or a serious condition. Your dog might have ingested too much chlorophyll from grass, vegetables, or leaves. Or, it could be because of rat bait poisoning or gastrointestinal issues.
If you know that your dog has not eaten some green stuff lately, bring her to the vet right away.
Orange Poop – like the green tinge, an orange color could mean your dog ate something of the same tint. Do you add pumpkin, squash, or carrots to your dog’s food? Then there’s no need to worry.
But this color could also mean a biliary problem. Better to be safe and have your vet examine your dog.
Pink or Purple Poop – raspberry-colored diarrhea is an emergency condition. Your dog is pooping pure blood. Don’t waste time, bring her to a pet clinic as soon as you see her poop this color.
White poop – is normal for a dog eating raw food. Unlike the brown with white streaks, this type of poop is pure white.
It could also mean too much calcium in her body. If your dog is not on a raw food diet, check her poop closely. If the color doesn’t change after two to three bowel movements, then it’s time for help from an expert—your vet.
Yellow or light tan poop – suddenly changing your dog’s diet leads to this color. Your dog’s digestive system is delicate. So, if you need to change your dog’s food, do it slowly. Add small portions of the new food each day as you wean her out of the old food.
The color could also mean problems with her gallbladder, pancreas, or liver. Diagnostic tests are needed if the color persists.
So that your dog will consistently give out a normal dog poop color, consider these reminders and tips.
Give your pet nutritious food with high-quality ingredients. Remember that she will poop whatever she eats. So, if you give her good food then there is a higher chance of your pet pooping good, normal stools.
And since we’re talking about food, stop feeding your pooch cooked human foods. These are too rich in spices, fats, and carbohydrates for her body’s digestive system. Dogs eating such human foods generally become obese.
Enforce strict rules with your family regarding what food and when to feed your dog. All the members of your household, especially the children, need to follow the rules. Otherwise, your children might pass tasty morsels to your pet under the table each time you have a meal.
Don’t let your dog eat garbage. Not only is this unsanitary, but she could also ingest bacteria, worms, and other parasites from the trash. Make sure that she cannot get into your home’s trash can. During your walks, avoid places that have garbage so that your dog will not have a chance to poke her nose in them.
Ensure that your pet also cannot eat medicines or chemicals. Keep these in containers that your dog cannot chew open.
As you probably noticed, many of the unusual poop colors are from problems with your dog’s digestive and gastrointestinal (GI) systems. One way to keep these systems healthy is to give your dog probiotics.
Probiotics refer to the good bacteria and yeasts that dogs naturally have in their GI systems. There are billions of these in each animal. They provide a lot of benefits to animals. For example, they help digest food, fight pathogens, and boost the immune system.
But these bacteria and yeasts sometimes get destroyed by illnesses or other causes. Fortunately, there are now probiotic supplements for dogs.
Petaxin’s Daily Probiotic has six probiotic strains. These good bacteria strains boost the health of your dog’s gut and fight bad bacteria.
You may think that monitoring your pet’s poop is a stinky duty. But dog poop color gives a great clue to your pet’s health. So, take a look. If it’s a normal brown then you can scoop it into the poop bag with no worries. If it’s a color of the rainbow, check the list above and act accordingly.