This morning, he had very dark brown solid stool, but it's all solid and not all of it is dark brown. There are yellow stools also and there's just one stool that's dark brown and it's solid, not liquid.
Please note that I started him on a Rice and a little bit of ham diet two days ago. He didn't poop at all yesterday but that was understandable since he doesn't poop the next day if I started the rice diet the previous day.
When I was walking him this afternoon, he pooped. The first poop was a normal yellow poop, but the 2nd one was a black solid poop. The Third one after that was a mix of little Black and yellow poop covered in clear mucous. No blood or anything in the Mucous. The mucous seems to be normal since my dog usually poops it whenever I start him on the rice diet.
I looked at the black poop and examined it. It's really dry. It's not "Liquidy". I can't quite describe the texture, but it's completely solid and dry. I've tried looking online for images of Black Tarry Poop and I can't quite find anything. For something to be really serious, does all of the dog's poop have to be all completely black?
My dog is acting just fine. He gets excited whenever we go outside, he's very lively when we're outside, he plays and growls (playfully) and chews on his chew toy when I give it to him, and he never fails to play with me whenever I initiate the play time. He gets excited when I bring him his current food (Rice and a bit of ham) and he eats all of it. He's not lethargic or he's not in any pain. He's just his normal regular self.
I've been observing him for two days now after hearing his stomach gurgle loudly for a long while (for around an hour or 2) after he vomited early Sunday Morning. He didn't eat his food the previous evening so I decided to change his diet for a bit to settle his stomach and there's no sign of him being sick or anything.
I'm not sure if it's his dog food that's the problem. Should I be worried about the black stool? I'm not sure when I should worry. Does a dog's stool have to be all completely black to get worried? I'm going to check again tomorrow to see if his stool returns to normal. I was thinking that the black stool was from 2 days ago, when he didn't eat his dinner and vomited. Since he didn't poop Sunday (he pooped in the early morning) and Monday (yesterday) due to me changing his diet to rice all of a sudden, I thought that poop was from 2 days ago that just came out now?
His stomach gets upset whenever it's empty. There were a few times when he didn't eat his food and he vomited foamy liquid. After that, I did my best to make sure he ate his food. For some reason, he started not eating his old dog food. The only way he'll eat it is if I mix something to it, like plain rice, chicken breast, a bit of canned dog food. I feed him dry Canidae dog food. He's been eating it since he was a puppy and he loves it. The last 2 bags of Canidae dog food I bought, he started not eating. I'm not sure if it's the dog food itself. But he does eat all of it if I mix something to the food though.
He's acting just fine so I'm not sure. His next vet visit is around 2 weeks from now (that's when I get paid) and I planned on getting all his vaccinations redone then since they expire this mid Sept.
Ham is not generally something to feed a dog when you are trying to settle their stomach. Ham is high in fat and in some dogs it can cause pancreatitis which can be a serious, sometimes fatal, disease. If you are feeding a bland diet it should be either boiled chicken or chop meat mixed with rice if diarrhea is present.
He's not having any diarrhea. He's perfectly fine. The black stool just surprised me and everywhere I go in the internet, I read that black stool is very serious. But no one seems to point out whether the stools have to be all black or just part of it for it to be serious and the fact that my dog is acting normal and happy confuses me too. My dog's stool is completely solid. I can easily pick it all up with the plastic bag without problem.
As for the ham, I looked at the internet to make sure it's fine for him to eat it and everyone says it's fine. I don't feed him a lot. In fact, I just feed him 2 very small thin slices (normal thin small sandwich slices). I would slice up the 2 slices into very small pieces and mix it with the rice just for flavor. I'd say 5% of it is Ham while 95% is all rice. I have yet to buy chicken breast since I haven't gone to the store yet. But I will take your advice and stop feeding him ham right away.
Hopefully, I'll see normal poop by tomorrow. If not, I will definitely call the Vet and make an appointment (hopefully, it doesn't come to this since I have my money stretched out to survive for 2 weeks).
I'm afraid to feed him his normal dog food since I have a feeling it's what's making him sick.
I took my dog out this morning and he pooped. The poop didn't have some fully black stools on it. There were some spots where it was a bit black, but not too black. More like dark greenish or so, I'm guessing these were leftovers from yesterday. There were some yellow spots on the poo. It was shiny but all still solid, but soft but not so soft that it's hard to pick up. It was mostly orangey with a small tinge of black and dark green, but only in small amount and with a small amount of yellow on it.
I'm guessing my dog's inside is slowly stabilizing. As usual, there are no signs of lethargy or change in behavior. He's still active and playful.
For anyone who has had their dog in a sudden diet of rice, how does their poop look like? What was the consistency and color? Or did your dog's poo remained normally the same after suddenly putting them on a rice diet? I plan on staying with the rice diet for him until I'm able to go to the vet (1-2 weeks from now) to fully know what the problem is and decide from there to change his dog food. Of course, if the black stool is back again, I'm going to have to bring him to the Vet asap. Hopefully, that doesn't happen.
It sounds to me like your dog is fine, especially given the fact that everything else about him is normal. What I would do is check his skin for signs of bruising, check the whites of his eyes for any redness that would appear like he burst blood vessels and check the insides of the flaps of his ears for any dark red spots. Google the word petechia and look at images for it. If your dog does not have anything that looks like that then my guess would be based on your information, the dark stool is not due to a bleeding issue and more likely just due to a dietary issue.
You could call the company that makes Canidae and ask them if they have changed their formula recently. Seems odd that your dog would suddenly stop eating a food he loved when you purchased a new bag. Would make me suspicious of the food. There are plenty of other foods as good or better than Canidae that you can put him on. A rice diet is not meant to be fed for long periods of time. I would start introducing dog food into the rice so he is getting all the protein, vitamins and minerals he needs to remain in good health.
I would also add yogurt to his diet to help replenish the good bacteria he has probably lost during his intestinal situation. If he develops softer stools while doing this add a small amount of canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filler, to help firm them up.
Thanks. That made me feel better. I google imaged the word and I haven't seen any of those spots on my dog's belly or anywhere.
I was giving him rice diet for now since I wasn't sure yet if his stomach is fully stable.
I was walking him this afternoon and trying to make him poop but he hasn't pooped yet. I'm guessing it's because of his diet that it takes awhile for the rice to go through his intestines since it wasn't used to digesting rice all of a sudden. Hopefully, that's the case. As usual, there's no change in his behavior. He's still active and happy. But I still can't stop worrying.
There's one thing I've observed, and that's he has not drank water at all since around Sunday or Monday. I've change his bowl with new fresh water and he just ignores it. Please note that the weather here suddenly became cold. Cold enough to wear sweaters or something thick and long sleeved. This is kind of worrying me atm.
Do dogs drink less during cold weather? He pees just fine. But he hasn't drank water at all since Monday or around Sunday (that's when the weather went cold) so I'm not sure if this is something to be worried about.
I'm thinking that since he hadn't drank water, would this affect his digestion?
I've been thinking of changing his food. But I can't decide or don't know where to start. I need something that's just as good, if not, better than Canidae but for the same price.
Here in the U.S, a 35 Kgs sack of Canidae (beef, chicken, lamb, and Fish meal) is around 50 bucks.
What I liked about Canidae was how it made my dog's fur shiny and smooth. Can you guys please suggest a great dog food that's just like or even better than Canidae but with the same price?
Hopefully, he poops tomorrow. It will drive me crazy until I see him fully returning to normal (poopwise and waterwise)
Lift the loose skin on the back of his neck up into a tee pee shape and then let it go. If it immediately returns to normal he is hydrated and must be drinking enough. If it takes a free seconds to return then he is not hydrated and you need to make sure he is drinking or get him to the vet and have them give him fluids. Dehydration can be a serious thing just like in people.
And yes I notice a big difference in the amount of water intake in my guys between summer and colder weather. That's normal. not drinking at all is not normal.
Thanks, I did the teepee test and his skin goes back instantly in place. His stomach growled very loudly when I woke up this morning but only for around 2-5 minutes. It gets me worried everytime I hear it growling. I fed him his dinner early yesterday since I had night shift at work so I'm guessing it was an empty stomach.
He pooped this morning and his poop was soft but not watery or liquidy. There's no more dark stuff on it thank goodness. It was formed but it was soft though. It has some type of yellow/orangish color on it with normal looking mucous. I'm guessing this was caused due to his sudden diet of rice right? The mucous itself is normal I think. My dog usually gets that whenever I suddenly change his diet to rice.
I'm a bit concerned about him not drinking water. I'll try and see if changing bowls help. This is the 3rd time I changed his bowl since for some reason, he wouldn't drink from the first one (metal)before and when I changed his water bowl, he drank from it and avoided the first one literally. So I'm trying it the 3rd time. I have no idea why he suddenly gets scared of his bowls though. First one was metal, and 2nd one was plastic but I washed the plastic bowl everyday since I know of the bacteria and such.
I added water in his rice this morning to give him some type of water in his system.
To make sure his stomach is fully stabilized, I am still feeding him rice for a day or two. I mixed a bit of his old dog food with the rice and see if that helps with digestion and see if the old dog food is fine. I'm guessing it's not poisoned or anything.
I don't think so. He stays in my room most of the time and when he's outside my room, I am with him at all times making sure he doesn't eat anything that he shouldn't be eating. So there's only one source of water for him, and that is the bowl in my room. He pees normally though and his pee looks like the normal color of pee.
I decided to buy my dog a small bag of new dog food. Eukanuba Pure Chicken and Rice dog food. I fed him a bit of it and he ate all of it happily so this is good news (hopefully).
And also, after walking him this afternoon, he decided to drink water! I was so happy when I saw him drink. I guess it was the fact that he wasn't thirsty after all.
My guess for that was, since I was feeding him rice for most of this week, I'm guessing that he didn't need water. We cook rice by mixing it with lots of water and boiling it. I'm guessing the water itself was absorbed in the rice already and because of the cold weather, he didn't need to drink since there was water in the rice already? That's my guess. But I'm not sure. But we'll see.
This was a huge relief for me. I was worrying like crazy thinking he might get dehydrated. Hopefully, this is a good sign of good things to come. I'll still keep a close look out on him especially his poop.