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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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He's, hehis stool is half black half brown solid though 6

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JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: hehis stool is half black half brown solid though 6 moth old puppy otherwise normal
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: charm
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Charm?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month 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.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.
Hi Alison,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin