Dog mucus has a purpose. Phlegm in throat may be a dog virus but mucus in dog poop is not. Here's what these canine illness symptoms mean and what you can do.
First, let's take a look at the cause of mucus.
Mucus is not a disease. It is a symptom you should pay attention to.
It's the body at work trying to protect itself.
One way is by surrounding a toxin in self defense and preparation to get it out of there or try and keep it out of the tissues.
I always knew I was getting sick when mucus showed up. That nagging cough and phlegm in my throat; 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. That only prolongs the healing process. Instead I let my body work for me and appreciate it.
And I ask myself questions so I can get to the cause. Here's a conversation Sandra (from Dog Nutrition Naturally) and I had about the slimy stuff.
Okay you watched the video right? So we know there is irritation but what might an irritation be? Here's a few common ones.
Like we said in the video, we've seen dogs eat commercial dog food for years until their body cannot put up with the irritants in it. If things don't change - meaning if WE don't change them for our dog's health, they get worse and we often end up with things like IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) which is simply a chronic condition that wasn't addressed.
And luckily there are many times that dog mucus is a very temporary condition. After all, a virus will go away and an occasional case of mucus in the feces from an irritant not regularly consumed will go away as well, while the mucus has done its job of protecting the gut.
Here's an old fashioned, tried and true way to assist when mucus is thick and noisy.
Keep the door closed and run a hot bath. Bring your dog and a toy in the bathroom (the toy is for the dog silly) so the steam can help him cough up that mucus. Do not bathe the dog but taking a bath yourself is optional and relaxing. You two can have quiet time.
You should be alarmed if:
The most common dog virus is Kennel Cough which can happen whether your dog has been vaccinated or not. We know from 40 years of research by noted veterinary immunologist, Dr. Ronald Schultz that the Kennel Cough vaccine doesn't work. (Check out Dog Vaccinations)
We also know that a dog with long term mucus or phlegm in throat - likely stems from over-vaccination. If your dog suffers from this, PLEASE stop vaccinating and read about Dr. Shultz's studies and get familiar with vaccine side effects.
How to Help Your Dog
In order to help your dog heal from long term dog mucus I have some herbal suggestions which are all three of the following. They will help the body with both a dog virus and vaccinosis:
Liquid Silver Shield #4274-1 A patented form of Colloidal Silver which is antiviral, antibacterial and reduces inflammation
Breathe Activator # 1036-3 a potent Chinese formula for acute respiratory congestion...to dilate bronchials, decongest and expel phlegm as it boosts immunity
Una de Gato Combination # 175-0 A detoxifying, immune stimulating antibacterial, antiviral combination of cat's claw, astragulas and echinacea.
You can purchase these through the Three Little Pitties NSP website which will open in a new window when you click. Here's how.
Copy and paste each item into the search box in the upper right. Put all 3 into your shopping cart. Next, sign up as a member. This is free and gives you a big discount.
AFTER your purchase is completed, go back to the home page of Three Little Pitties NSP and leave me a message telling me what you got, the weight, age and breed of your dog and I'll give you the correct dosage.
Why do I only use NSP? The products are consistently tested for purity and potency so I know exactly what I'm getting and what you're getting. They were the first to encapsulate herbs and have been trusted for 45 years.
You can read more about that if you'd like at Why NSP.
Mucus in dog poop only is a different story. If your dog's poop looks slimy and you see mucus, there is inflammation in the small bowel. What has happened is the bowels (lower intestines) are trying to protect themselves.