The Many Colors of Dog Poo

Dog pooping

Dog poo can come in a variety of colors. It is important to know when one of the colors is a sign of a medical issue. Paying attention to your dogs poo doesn’t sound like the most fun but it is an important sign of their overall health.

The Black Poop

Black poop is bad. If your dog has black poop then this typically means that there is blood in their poo. This is often a sign of gastritis or other gastrointestinal issues. If you see black poo you should call your local Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.

The Green Poop

Green poop can mean parasites or giardia, a gastrointestinal infection. It can also mean that they have been eating a lot of grass or having an allergic reaction to something. If your dog poops green one time, it is likely just too much grass. If you notice that they are pooping green regularly you will want to talk to the vet. If your dog has green poop and is vomiting they might have been poisoned and you need to go to an emergency veterinary clinic immediately.

The Yellow Poop

Yellow is mucus. If your dogs poop is a mustard yellow, or there is a yellow discharge, this is mucus. Dogs can have mucus in their poop due to food allergies, parasites, SIBO, and gastrointestinal issues. If you see this you will want to take a sample and give your vet a call.

The White Poop

White poop is often a dietary issue. It can indicate a diet that is too high in calcium. If your dog is on the BARF diet you may see this happen. Too much calcium can lead to constipation. White poop can also be a sign of anxiety or stress. If you think their calcium levels are fine, pay attention to see if they have signs of anxiety or have been having behavior changes. Read our blog about anxiety in dogs to help you calm and relax your pup.

The Grey Poop

Grey poop is problem poop,. Often grey indicates an organ problem such as gallbladder, pancreas or liver. You will want to call your Albuquerque vet to have your dog examined for a more serious health issue.

If you have any concerns about your dog’s poo, please call your local Albuquerque vet immediately. For more information about your dogs poop and to see the fecal scoring chart check out this great blog on healthy dog poop.

Vetco During the CoronaVirus

The recommended shut down has been extended to May 15th. At Vetco, we are doing our best to support our community during this very trying time. To keep our staff and our customers safe, though veterinary services are considered an essential business, because we are a well animal clinic and do not take emergency veterinary patients, we are honoring the Governors recommendations for business and keeping our doors closed. We are offering coupons to help with the financial burden that the Coronavirus is putting on all of us, so when we do open our doors you can save some more money on our already low cost veterinary services.

Take care of each other and stay stay.

Why is Your Cat Afraid of Cucumbers

Have you seen the hilarious viral videos of cats getting scared and jumping like crazy because they see a cucumber sitting behind them? I have watched hours of these videos where a cat is eating or just sitting and then they turn to see a cucumber laying on the ground behind them and jump many feet in the air, sometimes they hiss and arch their backs, or run out of the room. They are really funny. I wasn’t sure it would work so I gave it a try with my cat and sure enough, he jumped about 2 feet in the air.

But what is it about a cucumber that makes a cat get so freaked out? According to animal behavioral scientists, a cucumber resembles a snake…to a cat. Cats are genetically programmed to avoid snakes and when they see one they go into full freak-out mode. They jump in the air to avoid being bitten.

The downside to this hilarity is that it triggers their flight or fight the nervous system and puts it on full alert. It can take hours for your cat’s body to calm back down after doing this. Because of this, and despite how funny it is, we do not recommend scaring your cat with a cucumber. Ultimately it is more mean than funny….to the cat.