Why Does Your Dog’s Poop Look Like Strawberry Jelly
Isn’t it alarming when you see abnormalities in your dog’s stool? If it’s watery, then you may probably already know how to handle it. But, nothing can prepare a pet owner when they see dog poop that looks like strawberry jelly. Should you rush to the animal hospital right away when this happens?
What is a Normal Poop Like for Dogs?
Before you go into total panic mode, you should first know what normal poop looks like. You should be observing color, shape, and consistency. Normal dog stool is usually rich brown in color, is long and rounded with segments, and it can hold its shape.
Interestingly, did you know that there’s actually a scoring scale used to describe the consistency of dog waste? One (1), which is the lowest, means that the stool is extremely hard. Seven (7), the highest score, means that the stool is runny. Normal stool is approximately two (2) on the said scale.
Consider Stool Abnormalities As Clues
If your pet’s poop doesn’t match the description of what normal stool should look like, then there’s a good likelihood that something is wrong with his digestive system, his diet, or specific organs of his body.
For example, if your pooch passes out green or white stool, it could be parasites or worms. If it’s orange and a little bit runny, then your dog may have a problem with his liver. If it’s firm and gray, then your dog’s pancreas may not be doing its job properly.
But, enough about other types of stool. Let’s focus on dog poop that looks like strawberry jelly. Yes, it sounds gross and the description may have ruined your taste for red jellies, but it’s something that you should pay close attention to because it can be fatal when you don’t bring your dog to the vet in time.
Is My Dog Bleeding Internally?
It’s easy for you to think that your dog may have internal bleeding, but, thankfully, it’s not always the case. What your dog likely has is a syndrome called Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis or HGE. To put it simply, there is something wrong with your dog’s intestines because there is a leakage of blood and proteins into the bowel.
Vets don’t have a strong conclusion on what causes HGE in dogs and it’s still a mysterious disease up to this day. Experts speculate that it could be a response to bacteria. Some say that it could probably be caused by your dog eating something it is not supposed to (foreign objects in the trash, or ingesting a part of your slipper). It could also be caused by food hypersensitivity.
Aside from passing out dog poop that looks like strawberry jam, your dog could also be vomiting, overly verbalizing because of pain, lethargic, or feverish.
Any Home Remedies for Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis?
When a dog has Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis, the main villain of this syndrome will be dehydration. If your dog only has a mild case (as in still active without any loss of appetite, is jumping all over the place), then encouraging him to drink water will be ideal.
If getting your dog to drink enough water at home is turning out to be a challenge, don’t wait for him to be lethargic before you bring him to the vet. On that same note, if your dog is not eating, you should bring him to the vet right away.
What Will My Vet Do When My Dog’s Poop Looks Like Strawberry Jelly?
Your vet will treat the dehydration with subcutaneous fluids (in mild to moderate cases) or IV fluids (in extreme cases). The vomiting and diarrhea will be treated symptomatically, and antibiotics will be given to target the bacteria (Clostridium Perfringens). The good news is the prognosis is good, even in extreme cases, as long as the treatment is prompt.