A dog’s poop can alert an owner to health issues. The consistency, shape, content, color, and size of a dog’s stool change for a variety of reasons. These changes can be a sign of a gastric issue, a sudden change in diet, an infection, or a parasite. Mucus-covered poop is one of the more alarming issues for owners. A couple of mucusy stools doesn't necessarily require a trip to the veterinarian. But longer bouts of the issue can indicate that something’s just not right with your pet. A veterinarian should evaluate the dog’s health.


1. Normal Mucus

Some mucus expelled with a dog’s poop isn’t unusual. A canine’s lower intestinal tract normally produces a clear, jelly-like mucus. It has a slimy appearance. This mucus lubricates the colon and helps the dog’s stools pass easily through its system. The mucus also helps prevent constipation. Occasionally, this slimy mucus accumulates at the end of the GI tract or coats the stool. The dog will expel this with their poop. In most cases, the mucus is sporadic and is a normal part of your pet’s elimination process.

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