Why does my dog ​​poop blood

Every dog ​​has to. Feces may seem unimportant; But did you know that your dog's poop can be a great indicator of their overall health, and even some health problems can be prevented if you can spot the signs? That's why we at Purina (in your veterinary practice) would like to talk personally about the secrets of dog poop.

The next time your dog is out for a walk, take a look at your pup's pile. This will give you a good idea of ​​your dog's health status.

1. What should dog or puppy poop look like?

Every dog ​​is unique, so your dog's measure of normal, healthy stool may differ slightly from that of another dog. Keep an eye on your dog's usual routine and poop habits so if anything changes you will know what to tell your veterinarian. Remember: if you notice any changes in your puppy's routine, speak to a veterinarian.

The color
Dog or puppy poop should be colored chocolate brown. If your puppy eats food with additional coloring, some of them may show up in your dog's feces as well.

The texture
There's a reason dog poo is sometimes called sausage. Dog poop should be shaped accordingly and keep its shape. If the poop is round, it is possible that your puppy is becoming dehydrated.

The size
The size of dog or puppy poop depends on the amount of fiber in their diet. The size increases with the fiber content in your puppy's dog food. As a rule, the volume should be in relation to the amount of feed. If this doesn't seem to be the case, this should be discussed with your dog's vet.

2. What is in my dog's feces?

When picking up your dog's poop, pay attention to its appearance and texture. Mucus in dog feces could indicate an inflamed colon, while lots of weed could mean that your dog has eaten too much weed or has a gallbladder infection.

3. The consistency of the dog poop

When you bend down to clear your dog or puppy's poop and feel its consistency through the plastic bag, you notice it. Dog poop should be compact, moist, easy to grasp, and feel a bit like modeling clay when crushed. Diarrhea, or watery feces, is an indicator of an upset bowel and can be a sign that something is wrong with your dog's tummy. And if your dog's poop is hard or dry, it could be due to constipation. If you find that the consistency of your dog's feces seems strange, be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian.

4. The causes of constipation

Constipation in your dog can be caused by several factors:

  • too much or too little fiber
  • not enough exercise
  • blocked or infected anal glands
  • excessive self-care (when there is dog hair in the stool)
  • insufficient grooming (if there is matted hair on your dog's back)
  • Objects like gravel, bones, plants, or plastic that are trapped in the digestive tract
  • a side effect of medication
  • Dehydration (a possible symptom of more serious illnesses)

5. The causes of diarrhea

There are many factors that can cause diarrhea in a dog or puppy:

  • a stressful event like adopting a new dog, taking in a new family member, moving house, etc.
  • quick change to a new dog food
  • Eating food for people
  • new drugs
  • Drinking water from a pond or stagnant body of water
  • It could also be an indicator of another disease or infection.

If your dog has had diarrhea or constipation for a long time, contact your veterinarian.

6. Color palette for dog poop

Take a look at our handy dog ​​poop color palette to learn more about what the color of your dog or puppy poop is suggestive of.

Chocolate brown:
This is exactly the color your dog's poop should be: a healthy chocolate brown. This is a good sign that your dog's tummy is healthy and doing what it should.

Green dog poop can indicate that your dog has eaten too much grass or has a gallbladder problem.

Orange or yellow:
If your dog's feces are orange or yellow in color, it could indicate a biliary or liver problem and is definitely something to bring up with your veterinarian.

Red stripes in dog poop:
Red streaks in your dog's feces can mean there is blood in it. If you discover blood in your dog's stool, it is a good idea to check your dog's anus for cuts to see where the blood may be coming from.

White spots in dog poop:
If your dog's feces have white, rice-like patches on them, it could be due to worms. If you suspect your dog has worms, you should contact your veterinarian right away to establish a schedule for deworming your dog or puppy.

If your pup's feces are black it could be a sign of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Greasy and Gray:
Gray, greasy bowel movements can indicate a biliary or pancreatic problem.

7. There is blood in my dog's feces, what should I do?

Sometimes blood in the puppy's feces, e.g. B. Noticeable as red stripes, be a sign of a slight injury or trauma around the buttocks or rectum. This is usually just a tiny trace. Check your dog's buttocks area to see if there is anything obvious to see. Bright red blood in your stool indicates fresh blood and sometimes it can be due to problems in your gut. Sometimes, but not always, the piles can be liquid. It is best to have the blood tested by your veterinarian. Take a sample with you if you can.

8. Why does my dog ​​eat feces?

When dogs or puppies eat feces it is also known as coprophagia. But why do they choose to eat their own feces? Well, to be honest, experts still don't quite know. Some theories suggest that this is how your dog is trying to get more nutrients out of what he has already eaten. But there are currently no studies to confirm this. Perhaps our dogs just smell and taste good and there is no explanation for the dog's taste ...

How can you stop your dog from eating feces? As with many things, you may need to try a little, but we recommend clearing up dog poop immediately, giving your dog the "off!" teach and spray taste repellants on the feces. Of course, it's always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian if you have any questions about this.

9. Why is my dog ​​sliding around on his butt?

It can be normal behavior for dogs to slide around on the floor, especially if they have problems with loose bowel movements. It is therefore important to closely monitor your dog's behavior and stool. That way, if your dog is feeling uncomfortable and sliding on the buttocks becomes a routine behavior beyond initially wiping the buttocks after a bowel movement, let your veterinarian know. The behavior may indicate pain under the anal glands.

10. Why does my dog's faeces change after changing the food?

When it is time to change your dog's food, it can affect his bowel movements, at least for a while. Just as we humans have a settling-in period when we eat from a new kitchen in a foreign country, your dog will experience something similar when you start with a new food.

To avoid nutritional disorders, you should make a slow, measured change from his old food to his new food over a period of 7-10 days.

11. My dog ​​has had diarrhea since the day I had it, is this normal?

Whenever you have a new dog, the important thing to remember is that moving to a new house is a stressful time not only for us, but for your new pup as well. Being in a new environment can cause both stress and abdominal pain. Make sure you change your food gradually over a week to 10 days. If the situation does not calm down due to the change in diet, you should consult your veterinarian. With our practical guide, you will find out more about how to really welcome your dog and help him feel at home in no time at all.

12. My dog ​​ate something on his walk, should I expect a loose chair?

Dogs are natural scavengers and often and happily explore everything. Sometimes that means they eat something bad along the way. Depending on your puppy's gut activity, signs may become apparent shortly after eating. Often times this occurs in the form of liquid feces. If this continues, contact your veterinarian. Make sure there is enough fresh and clean water available to maintain moisture.

Would you like more advice and tips for puppies? Read our tips on all things to do with a puppy's toilet to learn more.