My Dog’s Stomach Is Turning Purple. What Do I Do? (2021)

For dogs – any changes can go overlooked for days and even weeks at a time, thanks to the coat covering their bodies. If one day you were cuddling with your dog and came across some purple patches on its belly, you would be alarmed as any fur parent will.

The first thing to do, especially if you do not know how long your pet’s stomach has been discolored, is to make an emergency trip to the veterinarian. This will ensure that you have some peace of mind while your dog is diagnosed as quickly as possible – avoiding any potential complications.

Unless your dog has recently been involved in an accident or has ingested something toxic, the discoloration can be due to a possible internal hemorrhaging or bruising. Otherwise, your dog might have cutaneous hyperpigmentation.

Cutaneous Hyperpigmentation

Usually, it can be associated with the following: – Bacterial infection – Cushing’s disease – Effects of medications – Genetics – Hormonal issues

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

The obvious indication of your dog having hyperpigmentation is, of course, skin discoloration. When your furry best friend is experiencing this, not only will its skin color change, but the texture also becomes coarser and dense.

Signs of Hyperpigmentation

As soon as you see that the skin of your dog’s stomach is turning purple, contact your veterinarian. Honestly, it is rather complex to identify if it is an emergency case or not, given that hyperpigmentation can be both a cause and a symptom of a more serious medical condition.

Veterinary Management

For your peace of mind, the changes in your dog’s stomach color should not affect the quality of your best bud’s life as long as a diagnosis and treatment are already in place.


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