Did you know that something as simple as a dog poop color chart can save your pup’s life?
Here’s a fun fact. In the good old days, kings had servants known as the “Groom of the Stool”. Part of the servant’s responsibilities was to monitor the king’s health by observing his bowel movements.
Much like the Groom of the Stool, you can also observe the consistency, shape, and color of your Chihuahua’s poop to identify potential health issues and concerns.
The following dog poop color chart provides a quick summary of the different types of dog poop and what each may suggest about your dog’s health.
Why You Need a Dog Poop Color Chart
- Monitoring Your Dog’s Health: Your dog’s poop color can be an essential indicator of its overall health. Changes in color could signify underlying health issues, such as digestive problems, dietary imbalances, or infections. Having a poop color chart allows you to track any variations, providing early warning signs of potential health concerns.
- Identifying Digestive Issues: The color of your dog’s poop can reveal a lot about its digestive system. A poop chart helps you distinguish between normal variations and abnormal colors, like bloody or tarry stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal problems that require immediate attention.
- Tracking Diet and Nutrition: What goes in must come out. Monitoring your dog’s poop color alongside their diet can help you ensure they are getting the right nutrition. Unusual colors may be linked to changes in their diet or dietary intolerances, allowing you to make necessary adjustments.
- Facilitating Communication with Veterinarians: When you notice concerning changes in your dog’s poop color, a poop chart can provide clear visual references for better communication with your veterinarian. Describing the color verbally can be subjective, but a chart allows you to pinpoint specific shades and patterns, aiding in accurate diagnoses.
- Promoting Preventative Care: Regularly checking your dog’s poop color can be part of your routine preventive care. By catching potential Chihuahua health issues early on, you can seek veterinary advice promptly and prevent conditions from escalating into more severe problems.
Yellow or Orange Dog Poop
Yellow or orange dog stools may indicate that the food is passing too quickly through the dog’s entire gastrointestinal tract. The time it takes for food to pass is referred to as the GI transit time.
A quick GI transit time doesn’t give the intestinal tract enough time to reabsorb some of the fluid from the feces. That’s why you often see yellow or orange dog poop appear in the form of diarrhea.
Yellow or orange dog poop could be caused by an infection or irritation in the dog’s intestines, giardia (an intestinal parasite), and the consumption of non-food items.
White Dog Poop
White dog stools may indicate there’s too much calcium in your dog’s diet. This is more common among dogs that are fed a raw diet (e.g. their meal includes a good mix of grounded bones). While there are certain benefits to feeding your dog a raw diet, too much of it may lead to constipation.
There are two things you can do if your dog is suffering from constipation. One is to pick a raw food meal that has a lower calcium concentration. The other is to integrate food like pumpkin into the dog’s diet. The high fiber content of pumpkins could help soften the stool.
Dog Poop with White Specks
Dog stools with white specks or white polka dots may indicate a more serious health issue, like parasites such as tapeworms in your dog’s intestinal system. The white specks could be the remains of an adult parasite’s segment.
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You should get ready for an emergency vet visit if you start to notice white specks in the dog’s stool, especially if the dog shows other concerning symptoms like a change in appetite or vomiting.
Dark Brown or Black Dog Poop
Healthy dog poop has a chocolate brown color. Anything darker may suggest the presence of blood in the stool. You would think that the stool would have a red color if it does contain blood but that isn’t always the case. When blood is digested, the iron in the blood gets oxygenated and turns a black, tarry color.
Blood can get into the stool due to a number of reasons. Common causes include the ingestion of blood, internal bleeding, and the development of hemorrhagic disease.
Red Dog Poop
Like black feces, red dog poop would also suggest the presence of blood. The consistency of the poop could provide a hint of where exactly the blood is coming from.
For example, dog stools would have a normal consistency and shape, but with a red coating, which may indicate there’s some form of bleeding in the intestinal tract.
Red poop in the form of diarrhea, on the other hand, may suggest the bleeding is coming from somewhere higher up in the intestinal tract.
Grey Dog Poop
A grey dog stool may indicate a bile duct or pancreatic problem. Poop gets its brown color from a digestive fluid called bile. If the bile duct gets blocked or if the liver gets infected then that may cause the dog poop to have a clay-like color.
Another potential cause of grey dog poop is pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes that are also important for breaking down food, and any disruption in its function can affect the color and consistency of the poop.
If you notice that your dog’s poop is consistently grey or clay-like, it’s crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly. These changes in poop color may indicate underlying health issues that require proper diagnosis and treatment.
Green Dog Poop
Green poop isn’t always a cause for major concern. It could be a result of a dog eating too much grass or leafy greens. Some of the chlorophyll, the green pigment, from the grass will pass through the digestive system and give the feces the green color.
If your dog hasn’t been consuming a lot of grass then the green stool could indicate a more serious problem. It could indicate the presence of a parasite like giardia, the ingestion of harmful chemicals or toxins, or it could indicate that there’s too much fat in your dog’s diet.
Unless your dog is showing other concerning symptoms, you may want to wait another day to see if the dog poop goes back to normal. Otherwise, take your dog to the vet immediately and get him checked up for potential health problems.
If you need a dog poop color chart visualized properly, check out the following video:
While we know that “show me pictures of dog poop” isn’t on everyone’s calendars, it’s vital to remember that your Chi’s bowel movements say a lot about its health.
Remember, while a dog poop color chart can be a helpful tool, it is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice.
If you notice persistent changes in your dog’s poop color or other unusual symptoms, consult with your veterinarian for a thorough examination and appropriate guidance.