Ok folks – we need to talk about poop. This new blog series will discuss several topics on this subject as it’s one of the most important things you want to talk with me about. Today we’ll tackle this question: When should I be concerned over a color change in my pup’s poop? Let’s break it down categories:
Change in color – Food related? The first question I ask is this – what have you fed your pup in the last 12-24 hours that may have caused this change in color? For example, I’ve had many conversations with clients when I deliver food (especially in the winter months when there is snow on the ground) to take note that they have a recipe with beets in their food delivery. I point this out because it can be quite alarming when you take your pup out for their evening or morning walk and during their potty time, you notice a red tinge to either their urine or poop.
I recently had this exact conversation with a client while dropping off her pups’ food. She goes on a few walks per day with her dogs and is in tune with their potty. I took out a package of food and held it in front of her and said this: I’ve given you a few bars this time with beets. Remember, this will cause potty and poop to look red. When you see the snow changing color to red, don’t be upset. Ask yourself if you fed them the beets bars for their previous meal. I know some other dog food makers are eliminating beets from their recipes due to this fact, but to me, they are a super food that is extremely beneficial to your dog’s health. A little red poop and potty is a small price to pay.
So, before you freak out, take a moment to ask yourself – what did Fido eat last that may have caused this change in color? Odds are – it was the beets! Or in some cases, green tints can be caused by spinach, orange tints by carrots or sweet potatoes. Look, we don’t do the boring brown food here at Your Pet Chef so there will be excitement from start to finish – literally!
2. Change in color – Medications related? Another question I ask – is your pup taking any new medication recently? For example, many people give their pup a PepcidAC to decrease acid reflux. Did you know that this can cause your pup’s poop to become an almost black color? Once again, seeing black poop in the snow can be alarming. Take a moment to think about any changes in supplements or medications before becoming upset.
We hope you have enjoyed the first installment of Let’s Talk about Poop Baby. Join us tomorrow when we tackle this question: When should I be concerned? If you’d like to get your dog on the psychedelic poop program, start here.