How to treat mucus in your dog’s poop?
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Today we’re talking poop - specifically mucus in your dog’s poop. This is to help you understand what causes it, and how to support your dog’s digestion to keep them happy and healthy.
Firstly, if you see mucus in your dog’s poop, there’s no need to ring 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. If you notice excessive amounts of mucus, or the addition of blood in their poop you should contact your vet. Vomiting or abdominal discomfort are also reasons to call your vet.
Larger amounts of mucus can be an indication of colitis, which occurs when your dog’s colon (large intestine) is excessively inflamed. Your vet may want to discuss their diet and parasite treatment history as well as run some tests – such as faecal samples, blood tests or diagnostic imaging (ultrasound or x-rays) to decipher what may be the cause of the mucus.
Inflammation in your dog’s colon can be caused by a number of different issues, including:
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your dog’s colitis (the main health issue related to excess mucus in their poop).
Anti-parasitic treatments would target parasitic infections, such as worms or Giardia, whereas antibiotic treatments may be used to treat bacterial infections which don’t resolve after a short period of fasting.
A change in diet would probably be advised for dogs with IBD, such as a trial with hypoallergenic food. And a temporary switch to bland foods might be a solution for many different causes if symptoms are only mild. We would also recommend looking at a probiotic designed for dogs to help re-balance their gut and top up their good bacteria.
As previously mentioned, if your dog seems happy and their usual self, then things are probably not too serious. In this case, fasting for 24 hours, followed by some bland food might be enough to calm the mucus production and let their normal digestive system get back on track.
Bland food ideally should be “gastrointestinal” food from your veterinarian as this is scientifically formulated to ensure the guts can easily digest it, yet it still provides a balanced and complete diet. However, if you’re looking for a home cooked option, boiled chicken and rice is a suitable alternative for short periods of time.
Another option is introducing “good” bacteria, known as a probiotic. Probiotic supplements are widely available and do not 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 that have taken hold and colonised in the guts.
If your dog is presenting these signs alongside the mucus-poop, you must immediately contact your vet:
We hope this helps you understand what mucus is and how it can occur in your dog’s poop.
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