Mucus in a Puppy's Stool

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Intestinal parasites can cause mucus in a puppy's stool.
Intestinal parasites can cause mucus in a puppy's stool. (Image: puppy image by Karol Grzegorek from Fotolia.com)

A health problem in a puppy can be frightening for a new dog owner. If a puppy develops mucus in its stool, a veterinarian can diagnose the cause of it and prescribe a treatment regimen to restore the puppy to full health.

Mucus in Stool

Mucus in a puppy's stool is an indication that the puppy is experiencing a health problem within its intestinal tract. If the mucus is consistently present, then the problem could be serious.

Symptoms

Mucus coats the outside of a puppy's stool in a slick covering. The mucus can be mostly clear or bloody, according to "Puppies for Dummies."

Causes

Intestinal parasites like the protoazoan giardia and whipworms can cause mucus-coated stool in a puppy.

Treatment

Giardia is treated with prescription medications like fenbendazole and metronidazole. Whipworm is also treated with medication, and heartworm preventatives can prevent reinfection in a puppy.

Considerations

Intestinal parasites that cause mucus in a puppy's stool are contagious. In addition to treating the puppy, it is important to thoroughly clean the puppy's environment to protect it and other animals.

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References

  • "Puppies for Dummies"; Sarah Hodgson; 2006.
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