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Evening, my pit left a looking mucus stool when i let her…

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Evening, my pit bull left a gray looking mucus stool when i let her out tonight was just checking ot out to c if it is seroius

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?

Her name id Dackota and she will b 15 in April

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

Not really feeding the same food for yrs ,clean water, she has a good attitude . She ate dinner with no problem

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She doesn't take any medication. She Been healthy as a horse since she survived parvo as a pup.

I'm sorry to hear about your pup Dakota's mucoid stool today, but pleased to hear that she feels well otherwise.

Colitis (an irritated colon) causes the mucous glands to overproduce mucous.

If this is a one time event I would not worry at all.

But if this continues and her stools get loose then this should be addressed.

Colitis can be due to stress, a quick change in diet, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease or even a food allergy. It can also be related to metabolic organ disease (such kidney or liver disease) due to organ wastes irritating the gut or a mass in the intestinal tract.

She should be checked by her regular veterinarian if she's not bouncing back quickly with the suggestions that I give you.

Well worth checking at least a couple fresh stool samples too as parasites are a common cause of loose stools/colitis in dogs and parasite eggs/cysts are shed intermittently. They may be picked up on the second sample or third test if the first is negative.

If she still feels well now though we can try some things at home.

If her appetite is off and if stomach is gurgling she may have some stomach upset and reflux that can go along with her loose stools.

To try and settle her stomach today you can try either:

1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation. They can be given for several days if need be. You can skip this step if her appetite remains fine.

I would not feed her any food for 24 hours. This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility. Small amounts of water or ice cubes given frequently are fine as she needs fluids after all that she has lost with diarrhea. You can give her pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make her intestinal irritation worse.

Today even with the fast you can start Kao-pectate at 1/2ml per pound or 1/2 tablespoon per 15 pounds of body weight every 12 hours. This will coat her irritated gastrointestinal tract as well as absorbing bacterial toxins. You can find kao-pectate at the drug store.

If she has a tense painful abdomen, continues to have diarrhea with no improvement after being on kao pectate for 24 to 48 hours, becomes very lethargic, begins vomiting or runs a fever greater than 103.5F then she really must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Make sure to take a fresh stool sample with you when you go.

After her food fast start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off the meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day. You might wish to add 2 to 3 tablespoon(s) of canned pumpkin to each meal since you are seeing mucous in her stool as fiber helps soothe an irritated colon.

You can also add probiotics to her bland diet to replace the good bacteria lost with diarrhea. Good brand name products include Fortiflora, Proviable or Benebac. They can be found online or at pet stores.

Once she feels better (no diarrhea for 48 hours) start mixing in her regular dog food very slowly, less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert her back.

If she is vomiting and feeling poorly though it would be best that she see her regular veterinarian now as anything you give her orally will just come back up worsening her dehydration.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have already fed her tonight so I shouldn't feed her in the morn?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She's not acting like shes in pain, or upset stomach shes actually snoring right now.

I would see if she has another abnormal stool.

If her stools are normal tonight and tomorrow you may not need to do anything.

But I gave you recommendations in case her symptoms continue.

If they do, then don't feed her breakfast, and follow my instructions.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok will do. Thx for ur help.

My pleasure, glad to help.

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