Dog stool normally contains some mucus, but excessive amount of mucus in the stool may indicate a medical condition and will need medical attention.
If your dog has mucus in the stool, this is what you can expect to happen next:
Medication: A small amount of mucus in the stool of a dog who is otherwise feeling fine (eating well, happy, active, no diarrhea, etc.) does not require treatment with medications, but a probiotic supplement may help. More severe cases will require medical therapy that varies with the underlying cause.
Diet: Sometimes switching to a highly digestible diet or adding additional fiber to the diet will help dogs with mucus in the stool. Boiled white meat chicken (no skin or bones), white rice, and a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on the size of the dog) of canned pumpkin is a good, homemade option that can be safely fed for a few days.
When abnormal amounts of mucus appear in a dog's stool over an extended period of time, your veterinarian will need to look for an underlying cause. He or she will collect a complete health history, perform a physical exam, and then may want to run some combination of the following tests:
- ***** examinations
- Blood chemistry panel
- Complete blood cell count
- A urinalysis
- Abdominal x-rays
- Biopsy of the intestinal tract