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Hehis stool is half black half brown solid though 6 moth old puppy otherwise normal

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Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Alison, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. In an otherwise normal puppy, the various shades of brown/black in stool indicates the length of time it took that stool to move through the intestinal tract during which bacteria metabolize bile into stercobilinogen - the compound that gives stool its characteristic brown/black color. The longer the transit time, the darker the color. The presence of digested blood is a consideration but I would have expected the stool to be diarrheic in that case (melena). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi Alison,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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