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Re: Bloody Poop

Posted by Lori Hassell on 10/30/07
(16) Comments

    DROPPINGS: Droppings consist of 3 parts: urates, urine, and
    fecal matter. Check droppings every day. Look for changes in
    color, volume, consistency, and number of droppings. Use plain
    paper to line the cage's bottom tray to make the monitoring of
    droppings easy. Other types of bedding such as wood chips,
    corn cob, etc., are more attractive to look at, but they hide
    the droppings, making it difficult to see any changes. A
    bird's diet will affect the appearance of their droppings. A
    dietary change in droppings is temporary and your bird's
    dropping should return to normal after the food has passed
    through the digestive tract. Any change that lasts for 12
    hours or more should be reported to your vet immediately.

    URATES: The urates should be white and the volume of urates in
    each dropping will vary. The absence of urates for more than a
    half a day requires an immediate vet exam. Any color changes
    should be reported to your vet immediately. Yellow urates can
    be a sign of liver damage, kidney problems, or peritonitis.

    URINE: The clear fluid is urine. The amounts will vary with
    each dropping. Continued large amounts of urine may be a sign
    of stress or digestive problems and a vet consultation is
    warranted. Birds who eat large amounts of fruits can have
    increase in urine output.

    FECAL MATTER: Fecal matter is the solid portion of a bird's
    dropping. The color of fecal matter can range from varying
    shades of green, yellow and brown. Bright red or black
    droppings are signs of serious problems and vet care should be
    sought immediately. Bright lime green droppings may be a sign
    of Psittacosis and should be reported to your vet immediately.
    Certain foods can affect the color. Pelleted diets cause a
    brownish fecal color. Blueberries, pomegranates, etc. can
    cause a reddish/purplish colored fecal matter. Undigested food
    or seed in droppings is another serious of illness which
    requires an immediate vet consultation. Fecal matter that does
    not hold any shape is considered diarrhea which can be from
    bacterial or fungal problems. Fecal matter that is too dry is
    a sign of dehydration.

    PLEASE go get this bird vetted ASAP!

    On 10/28/07, Aly wrote:
    > Brenda,
    > This could be very bad!!! If you seriously think it is
    > blood get him/her to a vet immediately!!!
    > Keep in mind whatever you feed comes out the other end and
    > he/she eats strawberries, spagetti etc. then the stool will
    > be a redish color.
    > By all means, if you know it's blood call an avian vet right
    > away. Don't be sorry and pass it off.
    > Let me know what happens.