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What is Mucus in the Stool?

Some mucus is normal and necessary in order to facilitate the movement of the waste through the bowels. When the amount of this mucus increases in volume or changes color or smell this could signal a problem developing for your dog. The underlying issues that can cause this symptom range from the benign to the untreatable. Because some of the causes of mucus in stool can be time sensitive it's best to contact your veterinarian as soon a possible, especially if the dog has other symptoms such as diarrhea or fever.

Most stool includes some mucus to facilitate its movement through the bowels. Increases or changes in the mucus composition of your dog’s stool may be indicative of underlying conditions.

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Symptoms of Mucus in the Stool in Dogs

Mucus within the stool generally isn’t a problem by itself. If it is much larger amounts than you normally see or if paired with the following symptoms, a call to the veterinarian is warranted and a stool sample should be gathered.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Accompanied by diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Only mucus is being expelled
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • The mucus has a color
  • There is a change in color in the stools
  • Vomiting

Types 

There are changes to the feces that may occur concurrently.

Black and tarry

  • This color and texture are generally caused by blood from the stomach or upper intestine
  • If you see this kind of stool, collect it and call your veterinarian as soon as possible

Blood in stool (red)

  • This is fresh blood in the stool which may indicate bleeding in the lower intestines
  • Collect a sample and seek emergency medical attention

Diarrhea

  • Diarrhea is most often caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but there are other triggers
  • Dogs with diarrhea are at high risk for dehydration and should be monitored closely
  • If blood clots are also seen the situation should be treated as urgent 

Grey and greasy looking

  • Usually caused by too much fat in the food 

Worms

  • Worms in the stool are parasites
  • Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for prompt diagnosis and treatment

Causes of Mucus in the Stool in Dogs

There are a number of things that can cause increased mucus in the stool, ranging from the benign to the lethal. 

  • Blood in the intestine
  • Changes in diet
  • Colitis
  • Eating inappropriate food items
  • Food allergies
  • Foreign object
  • Overgrowth of bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Polyps or tumors
  • Stress
  • Toxins
  • Viral or bacterial infection

Diagnosis of Mucus in the Stool in Dogs

In order to make a diagnosis your veterinarian will want a full history of the animal, as well as a general physical exam. Questions regarding your dog’s diet and appetite will be asked, as well as inquiries about whether any vomiting or diarrhea has been recently observed. A biochemistry profile, complete blood count, and urinalysis will be ordered to determine the underlying cause. A colonoscopy and a fecal float may also be recommended. The fecal float test can help your veterinarian to determine if adult parasites are present in the canine’s system and the colonoscopy allows a visual inspection of the large intestine to detect tears or other inconsistencies. If a definitive diagnosis has not been determined by this point, additional tests will depend on symptoms and on the results of previous tests. If foreign objects or tumors are suspected x-ray and ultrasound imaging may be used to try and detect them.

Treatment of Mucus in the Stool in Dogs

Treatment of mucus in the stool will depend on the underlying cause. As the causes of increased mucus in the stool can cover a large range of underlying causes, the treatments are also many. In cases of indiscriminate eating or stress, it may clear up with no further treatment. A short term change to bland, easily digestible foods may be a beneficial change, and in some mild cases your veterinarian may even recommend Imodium to counteract an upset stomach. If your pet has a viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infection, the proper medication to clear up the disease will be prescribed, and if food allergies or sensitivities are diagnosed then a hypoallergenic diet may be recommended. Probiotics may also be recommended to help the patient recover, especially after antibiotic or antifungal treatments. If a tumor or another growth is involved, it is likely to require excision which may be followed by chemotherapy.

Recovery of Mucus in the Stool in Dogs

Depending on the underlying cause, recovery and management methods can be extremely variable. You will need to make sure that you make any changes to your dog’s diet or environment as recommended by your veterinarian, and if your pet was prescribed any medication it is imperative that you give them the entire course to prevent reoccurrence of the problem. The dietary and lifestyle changes for some patients may be short-term or life-long dependent on the symptom’s cause. Although some issues are mild enough not to warrant a return trip to the veterinarian, many other disorders that can result in additional mucus will require an additional visit to check how the patient is responding to treatment.

Mucus in the Stool Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Anubis
German Shepherd
11 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

Hi I have a 11w lab German Shepard mix last night he started vomiting and had a fever with slightly loose stool very sluggish almost 24 hours later he is now pooping a tanish mucus nothing else he has slightly perked up will drink an pee but does not want to eat his food

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Daisy
lab/shepherd mix
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence of bowel
Diarrhea

I just brought a 9 week old lab/sherpherd mix puppy home 2 weeks ago. For the first week she was crate trained and had no accidents. Last week we switched her dog food from Pedigree Puppy to a brand from Tractors Supply made specifically for lab puppies and since she has had accidents in her crate every night between 2:30-3am. So I started feeding her earlier in the day and having her last meal around 5pm...she still had poopy accidents in her crate. While I'm at work I leave her in the garage with access to some yard space...after about 10 hours she usually has 8-10 piles of bowel movements. Most are soft and mucous-like. I do feed her Nyla bone treats-Filet Mignon flavored and she loves them but could they be the cause? I also gave her worming medicine this past Sunday to see if perhaps she had worms but I haven't seen any in her feces. The mucous is real thick like-like a mucous plug. She shows no other symptoms...no fatigue, no bloating. She has scooted her butt on the ground a couple of times. Any suggestions?

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Paisley
Australian Shepherd
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

My 8 month mini Aussie has been kind of slow these past couple days and is avoiding her food and water. She pees very little at a time and usually twice with in 3 minutes of the first. She's had diarrhea and solid stole but the solid was covered in mucus but no blood. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you!

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Trouble
Miniature Pinscher
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Lethargy
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

Wormer that covered hook worms

I have a 12 year old min pin that woke up this morning with bloody mucus stool. He is lethargic and running a fever. I talked to my vet and he said to worm him but I'm not sure how to help him otherwise. Is there anything else I can do for him. How long will it take before I get him to start acting normal again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Trouble examined by a veterinarian, and to have a stool sample checked to see if it actually is a problem with parasites, as that sounds quite severe to be caused by just parasites. He may need further diagnostics, lab work or x-rays, to determine what is happening with him. He may need further treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Wheeler
Shepherd
One Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog's second poop of the day has been half solid half mushy for about 4 days now. When we go out in the morning he has a normal stool. Today I noticed some mucus and was wondering if it might be stress induced since he was with my parents for a week, even though he has been to their house and knows them. He doesn't have any other symptoms and is eating and drinking normally. He has a normal temperament. He is about 1 and doesn't have any medical conditions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Soft faeces and the presence of mucus may be due to stress; however other conditions including parasites, some infections, diet, poisoning among other factors may also contribute to this symptom. I would keep an eye on Wheeler’s bowel movements for the time being but if there is no improvement during the week you should pop to your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, if you haven’t given a worming tablet recently I would suggest you do so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Chihuahua
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool with little mucus.

My dog has had really lose stool but now it has Hardened and has a little mucus in it. Also this morning she woke up and was crying and had like a little foam. Now she is eating and drinking and playing just fine but still has the kinda lose stool. Should I be worried and take her to a vet or should I just watch her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I think that you mean she vomited this morning? If she is vomiting and having loose stool, she should probably see her veterinarian. Possible causes can be parasites, dietary indiscretion, systemic disease, intestinal disease, or food intolerance. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, narrow down the list of possible causes, and get her some treatment, if she needs it.

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luna
Maltipoo
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Diarrhea
white sticky foamy vomit w/o food

Hi i have a 4 month puppy, im taking care of a senior dog and my puppy ate his food. Then, she vomited twice (i could tell she ate the other dogs food because it looked like carrots and the dog food shape) then she vomitted 2 and it was white. She took a nap and within an hr she was back to normal very playful. Then, she had diarrhea it was a brown colour, then about an hour later she pooped out a white liquid. She doesnt seam to be in pain, i touched her belly and such and she still acting normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sudden change in diet may cause gastric irritation leading to vomiting and diarrhoea; for the time being make sure that Luna is remaining hydrated and starts to eat her regular food. Ultimately she ate a different dog food not anything toxic, but if the vomiting and diarrhoea last longer than a day offer her a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice to reset her stomach and then reintroduce her regular food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ruby/izzy
Border Collie
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

i have 3 border collies. two of them, a male named Cullen and a female named Ruby are 8 and are litter mates. Izzy is 6 and has the same mom. a week ago ruby started have some mucus at the end of an otherwise normal poop. Izzy started a few days ago with the same thing. No urgency to go out, no blood, eating like normal (put them both on chicken rice and a little pumpkin for 24 hours after a 12 hour fast and all seemed fine. a few days later when i add their normal orijen to the mix. both are still having mucous covered stool at the end of a normal bowel movement. I took stool samples to vet and they did a comprehensive but it came back negative. the only difference between the two girls and my boy cullen is he is not scavenger. They have a tendency to eat bunny poop and grass. they are house/yard dogs and are never left alone outside. recently we have had deer in our suburban back yard and they have been leaving their poop which i clean up before dogs come out. I am just at a loss any help or ideas. One other change is that my three small grand kids have been here on and off for 2 weeks and the dogs had to be gated. could the change be stress?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems to me that the change may be related to eating other animals feces, as that is the only difference between the dogs and your veterinarian has looked at a fecal sample for parasites. If it is not something that affects their lives greatly, and they seem fine otherwise, this may be something that is going to happen as long as they are eating the rabbit and deer feces.

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Zoey
American Staffordshire Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting yellow bile,
Vomiting
Mucous in Stool

Medication Used

Probiotics
Pepcid

My 8 year old american staffie was diagnosed with 4 mast cell tumors two years ago. It has since then increased in size, popped up new ones, and re-growth in areas of excision before. She is now vomiting every day and her stools are primarily mucous. I understand the cancer may have spread to her GI tract. Despite her cancer progressing and spreading; she is still happy to see us when we get home. Do you think it is time to help her pass on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deciding on when to assist Zoey on her final journey is never easy and we can be blind when we look at our loved ones seeking out the positive points and disregarding the negative ones; I cannot tell you when the time will come for Zoey but you will notice changes in behaviour and she would distance herself from you. Regular examination by your Veterinarian to check her progress is important and they will be able to advise you when is the best time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements Mucus
Loose Bowel Movements

For the last few weeks we have experienced bouts of runny, mucusy diarrhoea. I try the starving for 24 hours and then start her on Rice and cooked Chicken for a day, before putting her back on her normal diet of Chappie dried Food. Things appear to be alright then the diarrhoea with mucus starts again. I did mention it to the Vet, last week, who gave her Milbractor(worming tablet I think). I am worried about going back to the vet and what they might say, she does get very stressed when I do take her to the Vet surgery and she is 10 years old. By the way during all this time she doesnt demonstrate any other signs of ill health.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for diarrhoea and the presence of mucus in the stool which may include infections, parasites, dietary issues, foreign objects, poisoning, digestive issues among other causes; if treatment hasn’t been effective so far, a faecal test may be valuable as well as other tests. Without examining Callie, I cannot give a cause for the diarrhoea; continue to feed boiled chicken and rice in small regular portions and allow her to rest, a faecal test may show if there are any protozoan parasites present (you can collect a sample jar from your Veterinarian - no needs to stress Callie). However, if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rena
Akita
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool
Mucous in Stool
Blood In Stool

My dog pooped twice this morning, which is unusual for her. The first was normal. The second was soft but still in form with mucus and a small amount of bright red blood. There also appeared to be a small clot in on the surface of the feces. This bowel movement seemed to come on urgently as she popped up from laying down to defecate immediately. Otherwise, she is acting normally, eating and drinking normally. I didn't see her eat anything she shouldn't have over the past day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This may have been a one time event for Rena, sine it came on so suddenly and she seems fine otherwise. If it continues, or she becomes lethargic, starts vomiting or doesn't want to eat, then she should be seen by a veterinarian to be examined and have a rectal exam to make sure that everything is okay.

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Honey
Yorkie
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

yellow mucus
Yellow mucus diarrhea foamy vomit

6 year old yorkie. 3 days ago, vomit and diarrhea. Yesterday, no symptoms. This morning, foamy vomit, large clump of yellow mucus in stool. Midday, still mostly yellow mucus. Tonight, passed smelly gas once and moments later felta wet spot on the bed, brown liquid like liquid poop. Her stool is initially firm then diarrhea at the end. Good appetite. Drinking fine. Playful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Honey has an upset tummy which may be due to a small infection, parasite, stress, dietary issues, poisoning among other issues; try to keep her eating and drinking and look for improvement, if she continues to vomit and have diarrhoea you should check in with your Veterinarian for an examination and a faecal test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My yorkie has the same symptoms, nothing has changed, and she is an indoor dog. I've given anti-diarreah meds for dogs. She is playful and active. I'm thinking it may be something she ate, that she wasn't supposed to food wise. We don't give table food. The only difference I've noticed us she naps a bit more, but its been very cold and rainy here.

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Ivy
Beagle
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pink or red blood
Little blood
Muscus

Medication Used

Dewormer

Our 2 month old pup has had a bit of mucus and blood in her stool the last two nights. It is not every time but it has happened twice in the last 6 poop. She has a great appetite and drinks water. She is also playing with the other dog like normal. She shows no signs of discomfort or slowing down. Today the bit of blood and mucus was much less then yesterday. I spoke with the vet and they saidnto watch hydration and energy level and it's not changing. She's had three designers so far and I'm worried if I should do another. Again less blood then before, doesn't always have blood or mucus in the stool, and always energy eating and drinking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blood may be present for a variety of reasons which may be due to infections, parasites, dietary changes, poisoning, colitis, foreign objects among other causes; if Ivy is her normal self, keep an eye on her and ensure she is hydrated as per your Veterinarian’s instructions. If this continues, you should pop into your Veterinarian for an examination; you should continue with any worming medication you are currently using and look out for other symptoms which may help indicate a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Beagle mix
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
mucus
foul smelling

Hello my dog has been pooping out mucus sacks filled with poop that is diarrhea. It smells very bad nothing in his diet has changed. It has been doing on for about 3 days now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mucous along with diarrhoea may be attributable to a few different causes including infections, parasites, colitis, foreign bodies, food intolerances and other causes; it would be best to have a stool sample checked for parasites and to get a round of antibiotics in case of infection. A general physical examination may also give your Veterinarian an idea of the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cache
Pitbull bulldog terrier
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

White mucousy stool

My pitbull puppy who is 3 months old. Had gotten into the dentastix and ate 4 pounds worth. We took him to the vet and they induced vomiting, upon leaving they had put a fluid sac on his back towards his neck. Since then, he's had diarrhea, about 5 minutes ago we took him outside and I noticed a white mucous in place of stool. It was a small amount, but he had another movement moments before that which was diarrhea but nothing alarming like this. He acts and eats fine, no behavorial changes at all. Our female pit puppy was in the same situation, but her stool is normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mucus is usually caused by irritation to the gastrointestinal tract which may include ingestion of large amounts of different foods or treats, medical treatments as well as infections, parasites, foreign bodies among others. If Cache is acting normally, keep a close eye on him for the time being; but if you notice pain whilst defecating, reduction in appetite, behavioural changes or you’re generally concerned visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Chihuahua
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool
soft/watery stool
Soft stool
mucus
Mucus in stool

I noticed my puppy Penny has been pooping like normal, but there is mucus as well as faint traces of bright red blood. Her poop looked normal this morning, but then a couple hours later I saw her poop had the mucus and blood in it. I'm concerned that it may be something serious, but it may be her diet. She has been eating grown up dog food for the past couple days because I ran out of puppy chow. I thought maybe it would be okay just until I could get her more food...but now I am not so sure. Could it be the food? Or something more serious? She isn't up to date with all of her vaccines either.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Penny isn't up to date with her vaccines, that is worrisome. Puppies are very susceptible to infectious diseases, and Parvo virus can live in the environment for months. If she seems normal otherwise, it may have been the food change, but it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible just to make sure, and to get her caught up on her vaccines if everything is okay.

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sophie
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucous in stools and loose stools

Medication Used

none

All four of my dogs are on the same diet; Darwin's raw food; organic, free range beef or duck or turkey or bison with some organic veggies in there, not more than 25%. Recently, all four developed mucous in their stools accompanied by loose stools, but not outright diarrhea. No other symptoms presented. They all had appetites, were playful and seemed to act normally. But the mucous is persisting. I've had all four dogs' stools tested for parasites by the vet and all four came back negative. Not sure what to do here, as this is not normal for my dogs. On the Darwin's diet, their stools are usually perfect, in fact a bit hard, if anything.
Please advise.
Thanks much!
Jody

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If all four dogs are affected and their stool came back clear for parasites, it may be that there is some spoilage from the food (try a different batch number), irritation from the environment or viral infection. I would look more towards the food, different batch number or a different ingredient list just for a week or two to see if there is any improvement in the firmness of the stool. Increasing fibre content may also help firm up the stool a little bit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

How do you test for a viral infection? Thank you!

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Ruger
German Shepherd
18 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mucus
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Fortiflora
metronidazole
Panacur

18 week old puppy had on and off diarrhea for a week. Took him to the vet, got 1wk oral suspension panacur, 1 wk metronidazole, and fortiflora. Per vets advice, I added rice to the food. Stool firmed up, and medication ended Sunday night (panacur), and monday morning (metronidazole). No missed doses, no change in diet other than adding some rice. Tuesday and today (Wednesday), he would not eat his first two (of four daily) meals. He was a bit lethargic, but still insisted on playing several short rounds of fetch (3-5 minutes, instead of our typical 35-45 minute session). He would not even eat ice cubes, which he LOVES. Around 1 pm on both days, he was normal again. Playful, hungry, excitable. Stool up until today (Wednesday evening), were normal. Then it was purely mucus. Clear, with a slight poop font, but definitely not yellow, green or bloody at all.

Does he need to return to the vet or is he now just not a morning "person"?

Maybe the metro upset his stomach in the mornings and hes afraid to eat breakfast?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what testing Ruger had at your veterinarian, but it might be a good idea to have some x-rays taken to rule out any possible foreign bodies in his intestines. He should have recovered completely with the medications prescribed if it were a simple GI upset, and there are parasites and intestinal problems that can persist even with treatment. It would be a good idea to have a recheck. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Evy
3/4 maltese and 1/4 corgi
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

mucus diarrhea blood

Evy has been having a normal feces during the day, but overnight about twice a week, she has been having diarrhea for the past month. She acts normal and still has great appetite like before. However, she had a diarrhea with mucus like with some red blood last night. Still acting normal and asking for food. I have never seen her had mucus like with blood.
This all started right after she was taken care by our friend for a week while we were gone for a vacation. But it wasn't the first time that she spent time with my friend.
We've also moved from a large backyard home to a much smaller apartment about 5months ago. Could it be due to stress? or should we be alarmed for something else?
we take her for walks at least twice a day, She is still very active.

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Chief
Great Dane
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements
Mucus in stool
Anal Leakage

I have a 3 month old great dane that has had his first round of distemper and is due for the next round this Tuesday. He was treated for hookworms and whipworms the day got him and has been perfectly healthy since. He is fed purina for large breed puppies and as far as we know he has not eaten anything foreign. He is always under super vision or crated. If we walk him it's only outside our apartment to go to the bathroom and then right back inside (to limit the risk of parvo.) for the last two days now he has been having loose / runny unformed stool with tons of mucus in it. no blood. We looked for worms but could not see any. Prior to this he emptied his anal glands on his own while sleeping. (why would this happen? and is it related?) His appointment is Tuesday and my question is it okay to wait to take him until then if he is showing no other symptoms? (no vomiting, lethargy, no loss of appetite ect) and we have a cat I don't want her to pick up any parasites or viruses from him. From this description do you think it is parasitic or colitis related?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for the presence of mucus in the stool which may include infections, parasites, dietary change/intolerance, stress, foreign objects, poisoning among many other causes. I would keep an eye on Chief if there are no other symptoms and speak with your Veterinarian on Tuesday, but if any other symptoms present you should visit them immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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killer
Chihuahua
about 9yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
blood in stools

she holds her tail down real tight and don't wont to stand very long she wonts to set down or lay down her apitite is good ,I was told by a vet 2 yrs ago that she had CHF and they wanted to put her to sleep but until now she has been find,what do you think it is please help me ,her stool is solid at first then she has these drips of running stool with blood

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fresh blood in the stool may be attributable to a few different conditions including a tumour near the anus (anal glands, rectum etc…), foreign objects, colitis, poisoning, parasites among other causes. I cannot say for 100% the cause of the presence of blood in the stool, but I would recommend having your Veterinarian take a look to see if there are any masses or other anomalies there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Poodle
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

my dog has had diarrhea from Thursday night
normal personality, sleeping and drinking. We kept her no solid food for 24 hours I fed her Saturday night boiled hamburg and rice,
today same but not eating
today she has amber colored stool liquid and mucous
squirts all over every two hours, night time is accident time because we are sleeping.
She is 8 years old, mini poodle. Can I give her lomitil? I was thinking she is 18 lbs, may have lost weight with this illness so 1 mg?

She only vomitted twice over the last 3 days no relation to eating or drinking

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Bella, I cannot diagnose or recommend any medications for her. Since her diarrhea has been going on for a few days, and isn't responding to a bland diet, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, have an exam, and get any appropriate treatment. I hope that she is okay!

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Scarlette
Border Collie
7 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

Our 7 year old boarder collie has been having a great deal of trouble passing her stool for about 2 months now. When it does come, it is usually very loose, and covered in mucus. She strains and stains for sometimes 15 minutes, often with nothing coming out. Other times, it just dribbles out of her as she walks around the house, leaving many little drops of diareah, sometimes all liquid, and sometimes it dribbles out while she sleeps. We have taken her to the vet, who did blood tests and said they came back good. She changed her diet to medical food, and has us giving her medication both to help move her bowels, and also to try to prevent loose stool, but nothing has changed, and frankly I'm getting very worried about her. She does eat and drink normally, but she has gotten much more lethargic, and looks just plain miserable. Should I change vets? Please help if you can, I love my dog and hate to see her so uncomfortable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is strange for a dog to strain for 15 minutes to defecate to only produce a few drops of diarrhoea; I would be looking at doing an x-ray of the abdomen to look for any masses or possible obstructions to the gastrointestinal tract. Firming up the stool at this point may not be a good idea if Scarlette is struggling to pass drops of diarrhoea at the moment; I would visit another Veterinarian just to get their take on the symptoms to see what they find. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Labrador Retriever
2 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Pro pectalin

I have a 2 yr old lab who has loss of appetite, lethargic, and when he tries to poop only mucas comes out. The mucas has a slight pink color to it. We went to the vet yesterday. His blood work came back normal and he didn't have any abdominal pain upon examination. The vet gave us anti diarrhea medicine. Little to no change in my dogs status today. He is drinking water and urinating normally. How soon before I need to take him back to the vet? Could he have an obstruction in his lower intestines?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should really give Harley a few days (two or three) before returning to your Veterinarian, however if there are signs of the condition progressing or you have concerns you should visit earlier. Foreign objects, parasites, other obstructions (intussusception) and infections are all possible causes; try to encourage eating with a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice in small regular meals to see if you can stimulate his appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
Jack Russell
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements
normal active levels

My dog has Diarrhea for past 2 days. the first day was loose unformed stool. Frequency is 2 or 3 times a day. Mucus is present in some outings and absent in some. He is on boiled chicken and rice diet with probiotic powder sprinkled on top. He is eating fine and is his normal active self but water intake is low. Stool color is light or medium brown and has gained form at the end of day 2.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of diarrhoea and mucus in the stool which may include infections, parasites (protozoan especially), foreign objects, poisoning, colitis among other issues. You should be cautious with the lack of water consumption as Mickey may require fluid therapy if dehydrated; if you are seeing improvement in the stool you should keep an eye on things but would be good to have the stool checked for parasites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thor
German Shepherd
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My German Shepherd has diarrhea off an on for about a week. We have not changed anything with his food or our normal life routine since we rescued him two years ago. I noticed today while cleaning up his mess that he had mucus in his stool. He eats Purina ONE. No table food at all.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Thor, I cannot comment on what might be causing his diarrhea and mucus, but common causes for this in dogs include parasites, dietary indiscretion, and food intolerance. Since the problem does not seem to be resolving, it would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to determine the likely cause, and give him appropriate therapy. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Lola
Pug
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Greasy stool
Foul smelling poop
Frequent pooping

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

For about three days my dog has been pooping mucus along with her stool. The mucus has increased in the poop. I give her fish oil once a day in her food for her dry skin. I just started the oil about a week ago. We are on antibiotic for vaginitis. We feed her a kibble diet with wet food. It’s a raw based kibble/wet food diet. Grain free.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The mucus might be a result of the antibiotics, or the fish oil. If she is eating and drinking and normal otherwise, and there is no blood in her stool, you might be okay to monitor and see if it improves once the antibiotics are finished. If she is not eating, is vomiting, or there is blood in her stool, or if it doesn't improve once her antibiotics are finished, she should be seen by your veterinarian to determine what might be going on. I hope that everything goes well for her.

She is not vomitting. She isnt eating or drinking much. So She must be dehyrated. Still loose stool with mucus. Pooping very frequently. She did it in her crate last night, and even in the house after we got in from going potty.

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Miles
Aussie
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Puppy started having diarrhea with clear mucus, he’s lethargic, and had fever. He’s eating and drinking. Vet looked at him and prescribed probiotics and antibiotics in case it’s an overgrowth of bacteria. But the diagnosis is not 100% this is his second day with a fever

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are susceptible to parasites, bacterial infections and infectious disease. If your veterinarian didn't do a Parvo test, that would be a good idea to make sure that isn't what is going on, as he will need more intensive supportive care. If he isn't improving over the next 24 hours with the medications prescribed, it would be a good idea to have him re-examined to make sure that he doesn't need anything else, as puppies can get dehydrated to quickly. I hope that he recovers quickly!

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Tank
French Bulldog
4.5 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Diarrhea mucus

Hi there- my friend watched my dog while I was away for two days and since I have been back (it has been 5 days now) he has had loose stool and the past few days it has been an orange mucus color. I have been giving him rice and chicken to help harder his stool but nothing has changed. His demeanor has been normal, playful, energetic and he has an appetite. He has been waking me up in the middle of the night to take him out potty. He can hold his bladder through the night so I am getting concerned that this isn't going away.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Orange stool is normally indicative of a bile duct issue which would need to be seen by your Veterinarian to confirm; blood tests and ultrasound would be the next steps to assist in the diagnosis. Sometimes feeding boiled chicken and rice can help, but it seems you tried it already with no success; so at this point a Veterinary visit is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Golden Retriever
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
mucus

My 3 month old golden retriever was on an antibiotic regimen for vaginitis immediately after we bought her. She came home not urinating correctly so we took her right to the vet. She was on antibiotics for 12 days and has finished the course and had 3 days after completing her antibiotics with no issue. No she is constantly having diarrhea, most recently I have noticed a clear mucus as well. I’m not to sure what to do as she is acting completely normal energy and appetite wise. Thanks for your help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that the antibiotics have upset the bacterial balance in her intestines. Since she is just a puppy, it would be a good idea to have a stool sample checked to rule out parasites, but she may benefit from probiotics and a bland diet. Your veterinarian can help you more with that once parasites have been ruled out. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Bella
Chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

runny,mucosy stool

My 10 pound 1 year old chihuahua 3 days ago had defecated 4 huge piles of loose stool plus vomited once. yesterday only twice which is normal for her and were very very hard. Today first stool very dark almost black then huge amount of very dark vomit with chunks of odd looking stuff in it that i did not feed her. Came home and found 2 piles of runny light brown stool that was mostly clear runny mucus. noticed a small skin tag looking thing right in edge of anus.very smelly diarreah smell around butt, gave bath and still there

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bella needs to be seen as soon as possible by your veterinarian. There are many causes for vomiting and diarrhea, and she needs to be evaluated so that she can be treated. I hope that she does well.

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Ace
German Shepherd
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lost apatite
Quiet, calm, normal energy and appetite

Hello my name is Anna and my puppy is pooping mucus and it's green and he's quiet and not hungry. We are trying to see what to do. My parents gave him a different food and we think it could be that but we don't know.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of green mucus diarrhoea in puppies including worms, coccidiosis or a viral infection (especially serious if not up to date on vaccines); all serious if not treated. This would be something to see your Veterinarian about as parasites need to be checked in the faeces and a general physical examination to make sure nothing more sinister like an infection is present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog had a large amount of mucus in his stool today it's clear and followed by a little more loose stool. He's been eating and drinking fine. Should I be worried?

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Chewie
Weimaraner
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi, we have a puppy that came to us at 10 weeks with hookworm and bloody diarrhea, which was treated right away. Stool sample afterwards came back negative. His stools were normal after that but we would notice the occasional fleck of light red colored mucus (like inside of a tomato) in his stool. It seemed to go away for a while but has come back and he now gets occasional diarrhea and we've seen him poop just mucus a few times. Most of his stools are solid but these symptoms are interspersed every 3 or 4 poops. Sometimes in the mornings, he his stomach/GI makes a lot of gurgling noises and he won't eat or drink until about lunch. He otherwise has a very healthy appetite and high energy. We feed him a grain free all stages food (Pinnacle). He was on the salmon "flavor" but we just switched him to chicken flavor and also increased his meals from 2 to 3 per day to see if it helps. Should we take him to the vet if that doesn't work? And should we collect the mucus for stool sample or a regular stool?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Another stool sample would be useful and you should take one of each really, hookworms do not always shed eggs so even though they are present you cannot know for sure unless the samples are free over a period of weeks. Food sensitivity, protozoa infections, other parasites, foreign objects, poisoning, anal gland issues among other causes may cause soft stool with mucus and blood. Another visit to your Veterinarian would be valuable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cesar
Miniature Schnauzer
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

abdominal pain
Grey stool
No loss in appetite
Playful

My 11 year old miniature Schnauzer has been having digestive issues including diagerrea/vomiting which has gone away and now he is experiencing greyish stool accompanied with some abdominal pain. I can definitely tell when he is in pain because his whole body stiffens up and his ears and tail which are normally sticking straight up are lowered. About a year ago the Vet recommended wet food because dry food started to irritate his stomach causing him to vomit a lot, so I'm not sure if this could be because of his diet. He acts like his normal self, he just gets sudden abdominal pain and has greyish stool.
Thank you for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Grey stool would be consistent with bile duct blockage or a reduction in the production of bile which may indication bile duct problems, liver problems among others; it would be worth having the stool examined and may be a blood test just to check the liver enzymes. Dietary management may help with a lower fat diet, but all this would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian after an examination; it is also possible that Cesar is having some trouble passing his stool (he shouldn’t on wet food) so throwing in some plain canned pumpkin as a source of fibre may help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bronx
Golden Retriever
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi, I have a dog he’s a half retriever. Recently, I noticed that he has a yellow-brown loose stool with mucus. He usually defecate twice a day, some of his stool is hard but the next time he defecates its loose with mucus. He’s still has an appetite and quite active. We usually feed him meat and dog food (beef pro). I’m kind of worried about his stool, what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible reasons for Bronx to be having this soft stool may be parasites, dietary indiscretion, or an intestinal infection. While it does not seem to be an emergency, as he is acting normally otherwise, if that soft stool has been going on for more than a few days, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to check a fecal sample and give him a good exam. They'll be able to determine the cause and recommend any necessary treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him!

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