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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** Usually the mucus in the stool means that there is inflammation in the colon (colitis). Now, there are a few things that can cause colitis. It can be a dietary issue, either something different they ate or dietary sensitivity/allergy; intestinal parasites, stress, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), masses in the colon, fiber responsive diarrhea and liver or pancreatic problems (not as often). In most cases, adding some fiber to the diet helps. A teaspoon of either Metamucil or pure canned pumpkin over each meal does the trick. If this doesn't help, or there is some blood in the stool, vomiting or lack of appetite, then your vet needs to examine him and run some tests to rule out some other issues. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns before rating. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the update. It sounds more like a fiber responsive type of diarrhea. I wouldn't give any amoxicillin, unless your vet prescribed it. The goal is to re-establish the normal bacteria in the GI tract. Amoxicillin may just kill the good bacteria as well. I would probably prescribe metronidazole instead and get him on a probiotic. This really depends on what the underlying cause is, though. If there is something going on as noted in my previous post, then anything you do may just be a temporary measure. Hope this helps.
You would have to get a prescription for metronidazole from your vet. Dose would be based on his weight, so I am not sure what he weighs. I have always likes Fortiflora as a probiotic. 1 packet over food daily. You can and should continue to pumpkin with each meal for now.
Yes. The Fortiflora probiotic is over the counter. You can even buy it online at some website. I know Amazon.com has some. You can give 1 packet a day. I would probably use it for 2-4 weeks. You can give the pumpkin at the same time as well. Hope this helps.