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my doig ate beetroot leaves, would that cause a pinky normal

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my dog ate beetroot leaves a couple of days ago, would that cause a pinky normal stool but with a pink discharge following the stool like a pink paint

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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

Dr. Joey :

What an interesting question! I assume she is otherwise acting fine since eating the beetroot leaves. The answer is maybe. This is not a documented problem, though. And if related to ingestion, the discoloration should clear within 1-2 days.

Beta vulgaris (beets) will contain both some anthocyanins and betalains, both are pigment type of compounds. One of the specific betalains in beets that is in the highest amounts is betanin, also called beetroot red, which is used as a food additive for its color properties.
Yes, excess intake can color urine and/feces in several species.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi joey, would you say that the liquid she passed after pooing is

therefore fairly normal

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So in your opinion would you say that this appears fairly normal

If she is otherwise acting absolutely fine (no vomit, no straining to defecate, eating well), then I do expect this fluid is associated with the ingestion. It should clear by the end of the weekend. If not or if her stool is worsening (more diarrhea), then she needs an exam with her vet.

Keep me posted!