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How to treat mucus in your dog’s poop?

How to treat mucus in your dog’s poop?

Yes, today we’re talking poop - specifically mucus in your dog’s poop. This is to help you understand what causes this, and how to support your dog’s digestion to keep them happy and healthy. 

Firstly, if you see mucus in your dog’s poop, it’s not something that should be ringing alarm bells - it’s actually quite normal in small amounts. Often it’s the normal lubrication (slimy stuff) that occurs in your dog’s intestine as the poop passes along its way. However, large amounts of mucus could indicate a more serious health concern with their digestion and so your vet should be contacted if you notice blood in their poop, vomiting or sense they have abdominal discomfort.

These larger amounts of mucus can be an indication of Colitis, which occurs within their colon caused by excessive inflammation. If you’re seeking your vet’s advice, they may want to discuss their diet and parasite treatment history and also run some tests - like faecal samples, blood tests or even an ultrasound or x-rays to rule out cancer.

When should you see your dog’s vet? If symptoms are visibly showing in your dog’s stools for more than 2 days.

What are the causes of mucus in your dog’s poop?

Inflammation in your dog’s colon can be caused by a number of different issues, including:

  • Parasites like Whipworms, Roundworm, Tapeworm and Microscopic protozoa called Gardia.
  • Stress, because when your dog is stressed it affects their normal digestive mobility, causing loose stools and possibly blood appearing.
  • Bacterial infections like E Coli or Salmonella can be a cause of colon inflammation. Dogs that eat RAW are often at a slightly higher risk.
  • Ingesting spoiled or contaminated foods when scavenging by eating things like manure, discarded rubbish, etc.
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) can appear in varying levels of severity, however Hypoallergenic diets are often recommended

 

How to treat mucus in your dog’s poop?

Depending on the underlying cause of your dog’s Colitis (the main health issue related to excess mucus in their poop) will result in different treatments. Anti-parasite products would be most likely (though not always) recommended by your vet, to treat worm or Gardia infections. A change in diet would probably be advised for dogs with IBD - a temporary switch to bland foods might be a consideration as a solution if symptoms are not bad.


Can you treat poop mucus with home remedies?


As previously mentioned, if your dog seems happy and their usual self, then that’s a clear sign that things aren’t serious. In this case, some bland foods might be enough to calm the mucus production and let their normal digestive system get back on track.

Another option is introducing “good” bacteria. The best thing with this is that it’s widely available and doesn’t require a prescription from your vet. The beneficial bacteria can help support your dog’s natural gut environment and balance out any of the nasty bacteria they may have ingested or somehow got into their system. 


How to prevent mucus


• Annual faecal examinations are recommended, especially if your pooch is prone to digestive problems as these check for parasites
• Beneficial bacteria and other helpful ingredients like beta-glucans, vitamins, etc.
• Ensure your dog doesn’t eat contaminated food and scavenge through rubbish bins


When would you need to consult your vet?

If your dog is presenting these signs alongside the mucus-poop, you must immediately contact your vet:

  • Vomiting
  • Large amounts of very watery stools
  • Blood in their stools (either fresh red blood or dark black digested blood)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Collapse


We hope this helps you understand what mucus is and how it can occur in your dog’s poop. Drop a comment below to share any tips or if you have experience with your dog…

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