Does your dog’s poop look funky? Here’s the scoop on
doggie-doo of every color and how to tell normal dog poop from problem poop:
Normal Dog Poop
It varies from dog to dog, breed to breed and can change
depending on the type of dog food being eaten. In general, color should be
medium brown and neither too soft and liquidy (diarrhea) or too hard to pass
comfortably (constipation). Pay attention to your dog’s “healthy”
poops (color, consistency and frequency) so you can
recognize when there’s a problem.
Black Dog Poop Or Very Dark Dog Poop
Black stool in dogs may have a “tarry” or “sticky”
consistency, which may be a sign of a gastrointestinal ulcer or a stomach
ulcer. Many human medications can cause stomach ulcers in dogs, especially
aspirin. Never give human meds without consulting your vet.
Red Dog Poop Or Streaks Of Blood In Stool
This can indicate bleeding in the GI tract. Streaks of
blood in your dog’s poop may be colitis (inflammation of the colon), a rectal
injury, an anal gland infection or possibly a tumor.
Pink Or Purple Dog Poop
Anything that resembles raspberry jam (sorry to ruin your
toast) could indicate hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). A large number of dogs
die each year from HGE but most will recover with prompt treatment. Seek emergency
Grey Or Greasy-Looking Poop
Doggy-doo that appears fatty, glistens or comes out in
large, soft amounts could indicate Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Commonly referred to as maldigestion, EPI is a disease in
which the pancreas does not produce the necessary enzymes to digest fat. EPI is
treatable, so see your vet.
Green Dog Poop
Dog green poop can be common if your dog eats large
amounts of grass.
However, it can also be a parasite, rat bait poisoning or
other internal issues. If your dog has green poop, see your vet to be safe.
Orange Dog Poop
It could indicate a liver issue or biliary disease, or it
could just mean that your dog’s food moved too quickly through the GI tract to
pick up the bile. Bile is what changes poop to the normal brown color we
expect. If your dog has orange diarrhea, contact your vet.
Yellow Dog Poop
Yellow mucus usually indicates a food intolerance,
especially if you’ve recently changed your dog’s diet. Take a look at what your
pet’s been eating and try to rule out any new ingredients that could be causing
stomach upset and mustard-yellow dog poop.
White Specks In Poop
Worms often look like white grains of rice in your pup’s
stool. This is treatable, so see your vet.
WHAT IS COPROPHAGIA?
Coprophagia is the scientific name given to poop eating
(sorry if you’ve just eaten); although coprophagia is upsetting and revolting
to us; it is a common problem in dogs and puppies and there can be any number
If your dog is eating poop, it is always a good idea to
have him/her seen by a veterinarian. Your vet will help determine if there are
any medical conditions or behavioural issues causing your dog to be excessively
hungry. A Complete Blood Count can also
help determine if the dog is anaemic or has a bacterial infection.
The vet may also recommend a urinalysis, or faecal fat
test (measures fat in the stool sample), and a faecal exam (checks for
These diagnostic tests can help narrow down the cause and
may reveal underlying health issues.
Dogs that are anemic may need B-12 injections.
Intestinal parasites – The parasites are feeding on the
dog’s nutrients causing him/her to be super hungry. Parasites should be treated
with a de-wormer and your dog’s bedding, toys, and bowls will need to be washed
in hot water. Flooring should be cleaned
and disinfected to help eliminate any remaining eggs. Dogs should be regularly
Endocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) – this Is a
disorder where the pancreas is not producing digestive enzymes; the food being
ingested is not broken down nor are the nutrients being absorbed (the dog is
starving) – Treatment of Coprophagia in Dogs with Endocrine pancreatic
insufficiency is usually treated by replacing digestive enzymes using freeze
dried pancreas extracts from pigs and cattle. The extracts are sprinkled on the
dog’s food usually 30 minutes before feeding.
The dog will also be placed on dietary supplements and vitamins.
Underfed – Not feeding the dog the right amount of food
or giving a poor quality diet – Dogs diagnosed with deficient diets will need
to be fed a better quality commercial food. It is recommended that you read the
ingredient label; the first ingredient should be a protein not a “by-product”.
Dietary supplements and vitamins may also be prescribed if the food source does
not contain them.
Malnourished Taste – Cat faeces may actually taste good
to a dog
If you have a new mum and pups in your home you may
notice that the Dam (mother) will often eat their puppies poop – this is done
to clean the den; this is a normal behavior in dogs and should stop once the
pups are weaned and more self sufficient.
Prescription medications can also make a dog very hungry
– this needs to be discussed with your vet.
Behavioural reasons for coprophagia in dogs: include
abused dog that was not being fed – these dogs may get used to eating their own
poop in order to obtain some form of nourishment – Puppy mill puppies that were
neglected and overcrowded causing anxiety issues will often eat their own poop
and this then becomes a habit that is hard to break.
Seeking owner’s attention or just boredom (no activities
or playtime) this is often seen in Kennelled/isolated dogs where isolation is
extended for a long time. Your vet may suggest more playtime and walks, and
less alone time. Dogs that are exercised
and played with tend to be more content. If your dog persists in eating faeces
the veterinarian may recommend a dog behaviourist to help stop the behaviour.
Recovery of Coprophagia in Dogs that were diagnosed with a medical condition
will need follow-up visits to monitor their progress. Dogs that were diagnosed
with a behavioural problem will need their owner to have patience and breaking
the habit will require consistency.
Dogs are pack animals and do not do well being isolated
They require love, activities and attention.
In addition, it is important to ensure that you pick up
faeces from the yard as soon as you can and regularly clean your cats the
litter box if this is a source of poop eating.
Providing toys as well as teaching your dog the command “leave it” may
also help him to stop eating faeces.
There are also deterrent soft chews made of natural
ingredients which may help the dog not to eat his own faeces.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET?
Do you walk through the park or woodland and get fed up
of seeing dog poop everywhere? It’s not
the dog’s fault, it’s the fault of those who will find any and every excuse
under the sun not to pick up their dog’s poop – Here are just two excuses
people use for not picking up.
It Is A Natural Fertiliser – This Is NOT True,
Because Not All Poop Is Created Equal as we shall
see. If it was, then we wouldn’t have to
invest so much time and money in the sewage treatment of our own waste.
Other types of manure such as cow or horse has a very
different make up from dog waste because their digestive systems and diets are
For example, Cows are herbivores whereas dogs are
omnivores and their diets are very high in proteins. Though dogs waste is high in nitrogen and
phosphorous it can have the opposite effect of fertiliser and can actually burn
your lawn if you don’t pick it up. Worse still, it can cause all sorts of
issues for local watersheds, because once it gets into the water it can cause
all kinds of sickness both for other animals and humans too.
It Will Wash Away In The Rain – Again NOT True!
This is not the case with dog poop – the fact is that dog
take over a year to break down naturally. And the other down side is
that bacteria in the poop and any parasites it contains
will linger in
the soil for several years after the poop has finally
waste is even more full of disease causing bacteria and
other types of waste).
These bacteria and parasites are harmful to humans and
to other dogs. Dog
waste is full of E. coli, salmonella and is a
common carrier of the following: Worms (several types),
Coronavirus (NOT COVID 19), Giardiasis,
Cryptosporidiosis, and Campylobacteriosis. These bacteria and
parasites can actually linger in the soil for years after
waste has disappeared.
IF YOU DON’T PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG, YOU ARE PUTTING
OTHER PEOPLE AND
OTHER DOGS AT RISK OF GETTING SICK – BE A RESPONSIBLE
CITIZEN – BAG IT
AND BIN IT !!!
NB – Canine coronavirus (CCoV) is not the same virus as
that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CCoV does
people. CCoV causes gastrointestinal problems in dogs, as
respiratory disease, it is spread by dogs eating poop or
contact with another (infected) dogs poop.
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