Most pet parents likely never give a single thought to their pet’s number twos — but a pet’s stool can reveal a lot about his health. While the color and consistency of a healthy pet’s stools can vary depending on diet, there are a few changes that should raise a red flag:
Hues that could mean trouble:
- Orange: Destruction of red blood cells or bile duct obstruction
- Yellow/Green: Rapid bowel transit time, typical of diarrhea
- Neon Blue or Green: Exposure to rat poison
- Grey: Bile duct obstruction or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- Black: Can indicate digested blood
The Softer Side: Regularly soft stools could indicate bowel disease. Watery or greasy-looking stool should be addressed by your vet.
The Hard Line: Conditions like kidney and liver disease and diabetes can cause dehydration, leading to rock-hard stools and constipation.
Unwelcome Additions: Call your vet any time you see blood (bright red or black) or visible parasites (worms).
Don’t be embarrassed to mention your concerns to your vet — it could mean the difference between catching a condition early or having your pet’s health go down the toilet.