Should I Worry if My Dog’s Stool Has Blood or Mucus?
Seeing blood or mucus in your dog’s stool (poop) can be alarming, but what does it mean and should you be concerned?
What does it mean to see blood or mucus in your dog’s stool?
There are many reasons why a dog’s stool would have blood or mucus. It can indicate:
- An upset stomach from eating bad food
- Inflammation of the colon (colitis)
- Internal parasites (such as roundworms)
- A viral infection (like parvovirus)
- A bacterial infection
- An intestinal foreign body
- Autoimmune disorders (such as inflammatory bowel disease)
Unfortunately, seeing blood and mucus in your dog’s stool is only a symptom of something wrong. It doesn’t identify the actual cause of the problem.
What should you do about blood or mucus in your dog’s stool?
With so many possible causes, ranging from the benign to the deadly, the best thing to do is to take your dog to the veterinarian. After performing a complete examination, your veterinarian will probably want a stool sample. Be sure to bring a fresh stool sample from your dog. Click here to view 7 hilariously wrong ways to collect a poop sample.