White Dog Poop: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

dog pooping outside

Do you ever look down at your dog’s droppings and think, “What is going on here?” If your dog’s poop has turned white, then there could be a few explanations.

It might not be serious, but it's important to investigate what could be causing this change in color.

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the more common causes of white poop in dogs so you can better understand what may be happening with your dog.

Read on to learn about potential reasons for this strange occurrence and when should you take action!

Why is my dog's poop white?

white dog poop

Your dog's stool might be white because their diet is too high in calcium or they're consuming too many bones.

It’s important to make sure your pet's diet is balanced and meets their nutritional needs.

While calcium is a necessary nutrient for healthy bones and teeth, too much calcium can result in digestive tract issues.

For example, dogs that are fed a raw diet usually have whiter poop because their diet is higher in calcium and bone. Raw fed dogs are generally very healthy, just be mindful of their stool.

If you notice that your dog's poop is white and chalk like, it might be time to reevaluate their diet and make adjustments as necessary.

After all, keeping your dog healthy and happy is the most important thing.

What causes white specks in dog poop

white specks in dog poop

If you've ever taken a close look at your furry companion's feces, you may have noticed some white specks.

While it's not the most pleasant thing to examine, it can actually tell you a lot about your dog's health.

These specks can be caused by a number of things, from undigested food to parasite infestations like tapeworms.

However, one possible culprit that many owners overlook is their dog's diet. Certain foods, like bone fragments, can be difficult for your pup's digestive system to break down properly, resulting in those pesky white specks.

So, while it's always important to keep an eye out for parasites and other potential health issues, be mindful of what you're feeding your dog as well.

Is white dog poop dangerous?

While it may seem stinky and harmless, it can actually indicate that your furry companion is lacking proper nutrition, dealing with constipation, or worst of all, a parasitic infestation.

If you haven't given your dog any bones, white rice, or other white foods you should contact your veterinarian and have them inspect and diagnose the poop.

Treatment

Treatment can involve a number of solutions depending on the cause of your dog's white poop.

Monitor your dog's diet

dog's raw diet

As a responsible pet owner, it's important to monitor your dog's diet for their overall health and well-being.

Be mindful of the amount of bones or high-calcium dog food that they consume.

While these can initially provide a source of pleasure and nutrition, too much of a good thing can have negative effects on your dog’s body.

Dogs' digestive systems are not designed to handle an excessive amount of calcium in their diet. It can lead to calcium build-up in their body, which can cause various health concerns such as constipation, lethargy, and urinary complications.

Being mindful of your dog's food intake and controlling their access to bones and high-calcium dog food can go a long way in ensuring the longevity of your pet's health.

Deworm your dog

One very common issue that dogs face is being infected with a parasite. Parasites and white worms, such as tapeworms, are not only harmful to your dog's health but they can also be contagious to other animals and humans.

white tapeworm

However, there's no need to worry if your dog gets infected. Simply beginning the deworming process can treat the issue and prevent further complications.

To ensure your dog stays healthy, it's important to regularly deworm them every three-to-six months.

This helps keep them parasite free and happy. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it's important to pay attention to your dog's poop as it can be indicative of their overall health.

Color is important - if you notice that your dog's poo is white, this can signal too much calcium intake which should be addressed promptly.

The size and shape of the poo should also reflect the amount your dog ate; if he ate more than usual yet produced small pieces of poop, this could point to possible issues with digestion.

Healthy dog poop should be solid yet still squishy, brown, and in one log shaped stool.

Read more about your dog's health and wellness in our dog blog and be sure to check out our article "Do Dog Poops When They Are Scared?."

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By Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is a veteran dog trainer, dog behaviorist, and canine nutritionist with 10+ years experience.

Tory has helped countless families have beautiful relationships with their canine companions.

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