Why Your Dog’s Poop Color Matters
If eyes are the window to the soul, poop is the window to the body (yep, we said it). Feces changes based on the health of a dog’ stomach and intestines. But it also changes depending on what’s going on with a dog’s liver, pancreas, and even systemic disease such as infections.
Changes to poop can include texture (solid to loose to liquid), odor, frequency, and contents (mucus, blood, worms). But another important change to look for in your dog’s poop is a change or difference in color.
For example, red feces indicates the presence of blood that has not been digested, meaning it most likely comes from the colon. Dark, nearly black stool means that there is digested blood, usually from a stomach or small intestinal ulcer. Green dog poop can indicate that the dog is eating grass or can be due to the liver not functioning properly.
Your dog’s poop should normally be a shade of brown. The specific shade has a lot to do with the kind of food your dog eats and how frequently he poops.
The mysteries of your pups potty behaviors are many—like, why does your dog spin around before pooping, and why do they have to go on the carpet? Dog owners everywhere have to deal with their dogs business and the not-so-pleasant task of picking up their dogs poop, but what do you do if the color doesnt look right? Does it mean something? Its easy to become concerned when you see your dogs doo has an irregular appearance—and you might recall seeing a bizarre shade in the past: white dog poop. Come to think of it, it seems like white dog poop used to be everywhere—at a local park, in a family members backyard or even in your own backyard, courtesy of your favorite pooch. But have you noticed that white dog poop seems less common than it used to be? Theres a simple explanation for that, so lets get into what the color white means when it comes to a dogs business.
Diet is the most common reason for a dog to have white poop, specifically diets high in calcium. This is common in pups who consume a raw food diet, as they consume whole parts of animals, including the calcium-rich bones. High calcium diets can also result in constipation. If you notice your dog struggling to have a bowel movement or going to the bathroom less, it could be a sign of constipation.
¿WHY Are YOUR DOG’S POOP WHITE?
Veterinarians are no strangers to discolored dog poop, in fact, I’ve spent many days devoted to it. However, one that may surprise dog owners isn’t the brightly colored green or orange but rather white dog poop. Whether you’re looking out a uniformly colored white dog poop or dog poop with white specks, let’s look into possible causes and what you should do.