It can be alarming to see your dog come out bright green feces. Your dog’s droppings can come in different colors over time, and specific colors can give you a clue of what’s going on inside your dog. Green dog manure is something you should not ignore. While it can be innocuous, it can also be a sign that something is wrong with your dog’s health.
Why do dogs poop green? Sometimes, it’s nothing to worry about.
When it comes to green dog feces – “It really includes two things,” says Tracey Jensen, DVM, ccuatui. ABVP, medical director now Wellington Veterinary Hospital in Wellington, Colorado. “The first is that green is a pigment that passes through the intestinal tract relatively unchanged. Chlorophyll is a pigment that can, with sufficient masses, pass through and give stool a green color. “
Therefore, the green pigment in the stool is not always of concern. If your The dog eats a large amount of grass or other vegetable material, it could color his droppings green. Dr. Jensen has also heard of cases occurring after dogs ate large amounts of Greenies junk food. I’ve personally witnessed my dog spit out a real rainbow of colors after stealing and eating my son’s crayons. (That’s a good thing when they’re nontoxic because Crayons are like doggie cracks to him!).
But sometimes it is a sign of something serious.
The more frightening situation is if the blue pigment appears due to the ingestion of some poison by your dog. “A very dangerous pigment that can pass through is the one used in rodent killers,” explains Dr. Jensen. Rodenticide (rat poison) may contain blue as well as green pigments.
If your dog does not ingest a pigment that causes its stools to turn green, the feces could indicate a health problem. “The second reason the stools turn green is because absorption in the intestinal tract is altered,” explains Dr. Jensen. “There is a very important digestive juices called bile that is pigmented for it. That pigment is usually reabsorbed, mainly in the colon, and recycled and reused. Sometimes with colitis – inflammatory bowel disease – the pigment will not be reabsorbed and it will pass through the stool. “
How do you distinguish between two types of green dog manure?
How can you tell if the green dog’s feces are caused by your dog eating some grass… or if it is really sick? “Many times, if the stool is changed shape or has mucus, the blue color you see is because the bile pigments are not re-absorbed,” says Dr. Jensen. “If the stool is of a normal shape and [show] thick green, it is most likely something passed through the intestinal tract, not due to intestinal disease. “
Either way, call your vet when you notice your dog’s green feces. It is difficult to tell if it turns green because your dog eats too much grass or if it ingested rat poison. Bring a new sample so the vet can test it and be able to test the green dog’s feces. If it is poison, time is of the essence. The faster you seek vet care, the more likely your dog will recover. Also, even if your dog only eats a little grass, other complications can occur.
“Sometimes, dogs eat large amounts of grass really is a symptom of digestive disorders, ”Advised Dr. Jensen. “I’ve got one [dog] who ended obstructed after eating a lot of grass – some dogs do it simply because they like to eat grass – so it’s always a good idea to call in.
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This work was originally published in 2018.