When it comes to pet’s wellness, sometimes the proof is in the poop. A pet’s illness is often hinted on the sudden change in poop’s size and consistency. But what about when the poop’s color changes into an unusual black color? Is black dog poop normal or a should you call for vet’s help immediately? Let’s find out.
Normal stool for dogs should be firm and dark brown in color and the color should be fairly consistent from day to day, provided you fed them with a regular diet. It is a relatively rare occurrence when the dog’s poop suddenly becomes black in tarry appearance. This change in color might be a sign of a number of digestive conditions.
The tarry black dog is known as melena. Melena occurs due to the presence of digested blood in the feces. Typically occurs due to bleeding in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract. Melana could also be a symptom of some other underlying health issue, such as blood clotting disorder or an ulcer.
If you notice that this black dog poop or suspect that your dog is suffering from any sort of gastrointestinal problems, call your veterinarian immediately.