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. Maybe you'll think of mucus in a whole new way.
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.
Oh there was one thing I forgot to mention. What the heck is mucus made from? I hope this makes you see it in a better light. This is only 30 seconds long or so.
Here's an old fashioned, tried and true way to assist when mucus is thick and noisy. This will help thin it naturally so some of it can be expelled to make the patient more comfortable.
Water in the form of steam.
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 but you can get one for yourself as well (just don't bring in your phone or your tablet). Now 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.
My mother did the steamy bathroom for all of us 5 kids whenever we had a croupy cough and it always helped.
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)
Kennel Cough usually lasts 2-3 weeks but it's like us catching a rotten cold. It will go away.
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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.
If your dog is ill, you should get a waiver for vaccination.
In order to help your dog and ease up that 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 #21488 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.
Put all 3 items in your cart. When you get to checkout BE SURE TO JOIN FOR FREE AS A MEMBER so you get the same discount I get. It's 30%.
When you get your confirmation email from NSP my name and personal email will appear in that email. Contact me and let me know what you got along with the age, breed and weight of your dog so I can figure out the perfect doses before your shipment arrives.
Important Information for You
I feel I must share a story with you. A woman purchased these products for her small Chihuahua and sent me a picture of her dog after sneezing. I've never seen so much mucus in my life.
The tiny dog had had numerous vaccines. The mucus lessened but did not go away. And then the woman vaccinated yet again and we were back to square one.
What I find interesting is that every dog these supplements were purchased for was under ten pounds and had been vaccinated yearly for quite some time.
Vaccines do more damage to small dogs since the dose is the same whether a dog is 6 pounds or 125 pounds.
If you believe in vaccines, that's fine but DO NOT PURCHASE these products because I don't think they'll help enough.
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.
If it doesn't resolve itself in a few days please do something proactive. Do a bit of digging to figure out the source of the problem so you can tend to it.