Your dog is walking garbage disposal!
Dogs can eat rotten carcasses, drink filthy water … and most of the time they’ll be fine. Dogs’ digestive systems are amazingly resilient!
But every once in a while, the digestive system meets something it can’t handle. And then your dog gets diarrhea.
Whatever caused the diarrhea, you’ll want to stop it FAST! And you’ll want to avoid drugs and chemical fixes that can damage his gut even more.
So I’ll tell you about our top natural remedies for diarrhea in dogs. (If your dog’s got it now, don’t waste time. Click here for the remedies.)
But when you get time, make sure you delve into the causes of your dog’s diarrhea. Then you can take steps to stop it for good.
What Your Dog’s Poop Can Tell You
You can learn a lot from your dog’s poop. So let’s look at what’s “normal.”
Normal Stool Textures
A normal stool consistency is formed but malleable… think Play Doh. It’s #3 on the Poop Ranking Chart.
Crumbly or chalky poop is normal for dogs on a raw diet with plenty of bone. Don’t confuse it with constipation. It’s #2 on the Poop Ranking Chart.
Normal Frequency: Most dogs have 1 to 2 bowel movements a day. … usually around the same time of day.
Soft stool – like soft-serve ice cream (sorry if this puts you off your summer treat!). It’s #4 and #5 on the Poop Ranking Chart.
Loose stool – watery or thin stools. See it at #6 and #7 on the Poop Ranking Chart.
Any of the above with blood or mucus
Abnormal Frequency: Abnormal stools can cause several poops a day (maybe on your rug).
Check out the Poop Ranking Chart Below – I know it’s icky but a picture is worth a thousand words!
How to stop dog diarrhea poop ranking chart:1. Constipation Often looks like pellets Takes a lot of effort to get out Leaves no residue when picked up 2. Normal stool for raw fed dogs Firm but not hard Segmented sections Hardly any residue when picked up 3. Normal stool Log shaped, wet surface Little to no segmentation Leaves residue but holds firm when picked up 4. Soft stool Wet and soggy Log shaped Leaves residue and loses form when picked up 5. Soft stool Very wet distinct shape Looks like a pile instead of a log Leaves residue when picked up 6. Loose stool Has texture No distinct shape Leaves residue when picked up 7. Loose stool Watery No texture Looks like a puddle Can’t be picked up
If your dog has abnormal stools often, he has chronic diarrhea. You’ll need to figure out the cause so you can fix it.
Let’s get to some other things to watch for. The color of the poop can tell you a lot.
What Does The Color Of My Dog’s Poop Mean?
Normal poop can be many different shades of brown. But what if it’s not brown?
If your dog passes yellow stool he has something going on. The most common causes of yellow stool are:
The parasite coccidia
Pathogenic bacteria overgrowth
Changes in the liver
Poop moving through the GI tract too quickly to pick up bile. Bile makes poop brown.
You may see yellow stools with acute or chronic diarrhea.
This usually means your dog ate something with food coloring in it. Or the poop may contain small amounts of blood. This is an acute issue that will often resolve with fasting and a bland diet.
Gastrointestinal (GI) hypermotility can cause green stool. It can be a gall bladder issue if your dog’s bile is not fully digested … or if it moves too quickly through the GI tract. It may be acute or chronic.
If green poop continues for more than a few days, see your vet. But your dog can also get green poop from eating a lot of grass or goose poop. So watch what he’s snacking on in the park. And if that’s the cause, don’t worry.
Treat blue poop as an emergency. It could mean your dog has eaten rat poison (which is usually blue) or a toy. Save the stool … then take it and your dog to the vet. This is an acute issue and needs immediate treatment by your veterinarian.
Black or very dark brown stools often mean there’s blood in the stool. It can be a more serious problem. Keep reading to find out more about blood in your dog’s stool.
White “Rice” Poop
White rice-like pieces in the stool usually mean your dog has tapeworms. The stool may be solid or loose.
Grey, greasy stools may mean your dog has a pancreas or biliary issue.
Pink Or Red Specks In Poop
Red in the stool means there is blood in the stool. Again, I’ll cover this in a bit.
Mucus In Poop
Not technically a color … but mucus is a detoxification response. Your dog’s digestive system is trying to get rid of something. It’s usually an acute issue and will resolve on its own.