What to Do if Your Dog Has Mucus in its Stool

No one wants to see their dog sick, but let’s face it: it happens. The key is to catch the problem early, get help from a professional if you need it, and work on a treatment plan as soon as you can. If your dog has mucus in its stool, there are some things you can do to figure out what might be wrong and how to (hopefully) fix it.

When to see the vet

If your dog has mucus in its stool, you should take it to the vet. This is especially important if it’s a puppy or an older adult dog, as both age groups are more susceptible to intestinal parasites and other gastrointestinal problems. If your dog has other symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, fever, or a history of allergies, then definitely get them checked out by their vet.

What causes mucus in stool?

There are many possible causes of mucus in a dog’s stool. The three most common are gastrointestinal infection, intestinal obstruction, and food allergies. The presence of parasites in the bowels can also lead to mucus-like stools as well as diarrhea and vomiting.

Finally, if your dog is older than 10 years old it may have developed intestinal cancer or other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

Can you diagnose it yourself?

  • Stool: The appearance of your dog’s stool can help you make a diagnosis. If it looks abnormal, it could mean there is an underlying problem with the gut. Telltale signs include diarrhea, which may contain mucus or blood; diarrhea that lasts longer than two days; or constipation (a lack of defecation).
  • Mucus: If you notice mucus in your dog’s stool and/or vomit, this is another indication that something isn’t right with its digestive system. In most cases, the larger volume of mucus means an infection in the digestive tract—though this isn’t always true—so look for any other symptoms like vomiting or nausea as well before deciding whether to seek veterinary care.
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Treatment options and home remedies

  • If your dog is having difficulty defecating, see your veterinarian to determine the cause and treatment options.
  • Mucus in the stool is a symptom, not an illness or condition itself. Therefore, you must treat the underlying cause in order for mucus in stool to disappear.
  • You can give honey to dogs for medicinal purposes (like coughs or sore throats), but don’t use honey as a treatment for diarrhea because it’s difficult for dogs to digest.

See a vet if the problem persists or gets worse.

If the problem persists or gets worse, it’s time to see a vet. You’ll need to find one that’s comfortable examining dogs with mucus in their stool. They might also be willing to perform additional tests such as an endoscopy or biopsy if necessary.

If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to ask your local veterinarian!