- Dog Mucus -
Fighting Illness and Phlegm in Throat
Why does Fido get dog mucus? That throat phlegm and even nose mucus?
You may be able to fix it naturally without a trip to the vet if there is no fever present. (See how to take a Dog Temperature.)
First, let's take a look at the cause.
Mucus is not a disease. It is a symptom! It's the body at work surrounding a toxin in self defense and preparation to get it out of there.
There can be phlegm in the throat to be hacked up for removal, mucus forming a dog eye discharge, or slimy poop.
What Kind of Toxins Create Dog Mucus?
Anything from food, dust, cigarette smoke, cold viruses, kennel cough (also a virus) and allergies. Anything the body sees as a toxin needing extraction.
Getting the Phlegm Out
The point here is to help the body heal itself. You can make your dog some healing broth as explained in Fasting for Health. Here is one example:
- Six cups water, 2 potatoes, 2 large carrots, 2 stalks celery and 2 cloves garlic. Simmer it for an hour and drink it warm or cold. (You can add a whole piece of chicken for flavoring if your dog isn't a big veggie eater yet, but take it out of the broth along with the vegetables for now.)
- Vitamin C for dogs - Help the body heal itself and give your dog a good quality Vitamin C up to every two hours during the day:
Puppy - 250 mg
Med Dog - 500 mg
Large Dog - 1000 mg
A dog's body makes its own vitamin C unless sick or on a poor diet. Don't give a high dose at one time or diarrhea will occur.
Since the body will pass any unneeded vitamin C, it is not toxic. Diarrhea is the sign of too much so just lower the next dose.
- The next thing you can do won't be too hard on you, especially if you like a hot bath. Take a nice hot steamy bath with the door closed. Bring your dog and a toy (for the dog, silly) in the bathroom so the steam can help him cough up that mucus.
My Thoughts on Mucus
I always knew I was getting sick when mucus showed up. That nagging cough; needing to blow my nose so often that the skin around my nose felt raw. Often, like dog mucus, it was my only symptom. I hated it.
Now I feel differently. I can't say I embrace mucus. It's still pretty nasty stuff but I see it as my body at work. I picture an unseen force surrounding the invader to keep it from getting deeper into my body and causing me harm. I am grateful for how hard my body works to protect me.
And I would never take any medicine to make it dry up so I had to actually digest whatever bad guys it has cornered. Instead I let my body work for me and appreciate it.
When Dog Mucus Continues
If the vitamin C and steam don't do the trick, please take a look at what you are feeding your dog. He may not be getting the nutrients he needs to fight disease.
Here's a human food example. We often continue to eat or drink mucus producing foods because we don't listen to our bodies telling us no.
One of my favorites (not) is orange juice. You get a cold, drink orange juice and get more phlegm!
Likely it's because the product is no longer orange juice due to the pasteurization process (meaning sterilized which kills the nutritional value) so what's the point anyway?
Try eating a whole organic orange. You'll get the vitamins, phyto-nutrients and fiber.
Mucus in Dog Poop
If your dog alternates having diarrhea and mucus in his stools, he needs more help. If you or your vet suspect IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) there are specific foods to eat and supplements that can cure it! All without giving him harmful toxic drugs. Start by reading Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs and give me a shout if you need help.
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