View Full Version : Mucus in stools (sorry!)

14th October 2007, 11:06 PM
OK this is really gross I know, so if you're reading this while eating, please stop!

We changed Lucy's diet to NatureDiet and James Wellbeloved a few months ago. So far so good, she adores it, it doesn't make her sick, and no loose stools. However, her stools are frequently covered in mucus, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. She doesn't seem in any discomfort. Any thoughts? I'm not worried about her, she seems so well, but just want to check that this isn't a symptom of something more serious or something that requires a visit to the vet.

Thanks :)

14th October 2007, 11:25 PM
Oh please, never apologise for discussing stools with other dog lovers... :lol: Tara and Lisa and I know that at some point during any lunch or dinner together we will all animatedly be discussing dog poop! :rolleyes:

On to the subject at hand (so to speak) -- sometimes that's from their anal glands and you want it to be there. :lol: I find their stools can vary anyway and sometimes they are more mucousy. I would guess a lot also depends on say treats or extras added to the food from day to day. A raw diet when I fed that, always tended to produce dry hard poops but adding in treats could easily make them vary.

15th October 2007, 06:06 AM
Indeed we love talking about our dogs poops. The more graphic the better. :p

Yeah, I don't think it is anything to worry about. In a book I recently read "Give your Dog a Bone", the author/vet mentions this & says it is common with a switch in diet and is nothing to be concerned about.

Cathy Moon
15th October 2007, 11:24 AM
As long as her stools are firm, I wouldn't worry about it. :)

15th October 2007, 12:49 PM
Ah! My day is complete, a poop discussion!! :lol:

As the others have said this is perfectly normal, the only time to really worry is if they are very hard and dry (constipation) or very loose and with blood in them (Diarrhea)!!

21st March 2009, 12:14 PM
So glad I found this thread!
Thanks all for the open and honest discussion on these boards. I am changing Scooby's diet from Burns to James Wellbeloved hypoallergenic gradually and noticed better stools but with some mucus. He's also having a little Manuka honey each day so I guess that could be making a difference. As he's happy and eating well I guess mucus is just a reaction to different food.