What is Mucus in Stools?
If your pet has mucus in their stools, this may be an indication of irritation in the stomach and large intestine. Dogs and cats are prone to digestive upsets which causes much discomfort.
Take your pet to the vet if this problem does not clear up after a few days. In the meantime give your furry friend’s stomach a rest by withholding food for 24 hours. Thereafter, feed him a bland diet which contains cooked rice with chicken or meat to soothe the stomach lining.
Gradually return him to a normal diet. However, if mucus in stools persists, your vet will take a stool sample and perform tests to check for viruses and bacteria.
What Causes Mucus in Stools?
Mucus in stools may occur as a result of a number of factors ranging from eating unusual things like rotten or spoilt food, garbage or road kill, overeating, food allergies, ingesting poisons and chemicals as sudden changes in diet. It may also be due to parasitic infections such as hookworm, whipworm, roundworm or tapeworm, diarrhea, colitis, parvo or corona virus.
Help for Mucus in Stools
Depending on the cause of the problem, certain medications and a special diet will be administered. Vital changes to your pet’s diet and lifestyle such as feeding him a healthy, well balanced diet and regular exercise can make a significant difference to the overall health of your dog or cat.
Natural remedies are beneficial in promoting digestive functioning and the production of healthy, firm stools in pets. Herbs and biochemic tissue salts are gentle and safe to use without the negative effects of harsh medications.
Herbal ingredients such as Psyllium nigram, Avena sativa Oats) and Aloe ferox support the digestive system, maintain healthy bowel functioning and also act as a natural system cleanser. Natrium muriacticum is a biochemic tissue salt that is known for supporting digestive and skin health.
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Tips to prevent mucus covered stools in pets
There are certain things that you can do to prevent mucus in stools in your pet and these include:
- Feed your pet high quality, commercial pet food or a well balanced all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients
- If your pet has loose stools, give his stomach a rest by withholding food for at least 24 hours and water for 12 hours – ( unless the weather is very hot – then give small amounts of water often) this will help to ease an irritated stomach
- After your pet’s fast, feed him a bland diet of cooked rice with skinless chicken and follow with a small amount of plain yogurt which contains natural bacterial cultures and soothes the bowel
- Try not to make any sudden changes to your pet’s diet – introduce new foods gradually by adding it to old food – it take about 3 – 5 days to change the diet
- Ensure that your pet is de-wormed regularly
- Keep your pet away from spoilt food and garbage cans
- Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are updated