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Old 09-06-2017, 10:15 PM
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Unhappy Gurgling Tummy and Mucus/Slimy Poops

I'm at my wit's end. Three times in the last 1.5 months my dog has gotten brief bouts of something? He wakes up and is hesitant to eat his food (which is a big deal for him because he is extremely food motivated). He eats it after a while, but very slowly compared to normal. He will then proceed to poop a combination of regular poop and mucus, sometimes all mucus, sometimes it is a dark red color (but I honestly do not think it is blood). Sometimes it is normal colored. He does NOT have diarrhea. He does NOT vomit. However, for the rest of the day his tummy gurgles on and off, sometimes causing him pain because he whines and shrieks and cannot get comfortable. He also has a really nasty "skunky" smell emitting from his butt. I know what my dog's farts smell like, and this is not that. It literally smells like a skunk, as far as a skunk smells. He gets over this within 24-36 hours and is not lethargic at all during the "mysterious sickness" (still goes on walks, runs around, etc).

He is 4.5 years old. He is a 15 pound wiener dog. He has been on the exact same food since we adopted him at 8 weeks. His food is corn, soy, and wheat free. He rarely gets treats, even rarer so does he gets human food. He has not tested positive for any parasites or blood or fecal problems.

Has ANYONE had this happen to their dog? If so were you able to determine what one earth could be causing this? I've gone to three different vets who all just tell me to put him on a probiotic...

I just feel so helpless because I cannot seem to figure out anything that could be causing this. Thank you anyone for your input.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:30 AM
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Sounds like bouts of colitis. Although usually that does not clear up on it's own in such a short amount of time.

My dog did have similar signs when he had colitis, but in his case his stool would start out normal then as the day progressed get more "slimy" looking. That steadily got worse over the course of a few weeks. Then he went off his food, and he dearly loves meal times. He would also hide, at first I put down the hiding to the thunderstorms we had been having, but he would also hide when it wasn't storming. One other thing I also noticed is that his stool smelled horrid and I didn't have to get close to smell it.

I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with colitis. The funny thing is that he did not present with a lot of the classic symptoms like true diarrhea, and through most of it did not appear to be in too much pain.

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Colitis/Symptoms.aspx
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs | petMD

Could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome - which is just a catch-all term that means something is irritating his lower GI tract.

When our dogs have an upset stomach we skip a meal to let their stomachs calm down, then put them on a very bland diet for a few days. A one-to-one mix of plain cooked chicken and plain white rice. Some vets say to boil the chicken to remove any fat, but we tend to just microwave it and let the fat drain completely. Then we gradually wean them over to their regular food, over a week or more.

You might want to put him on a different dry food that has a little more fiber and less fat content.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:15 AM
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Ben the rescue is never off his food. But after he came home he kept having bouts of horrible mucous poop. I tinkered with his diet to no avail. Then I wormed him. We've had perfect poop ever since!
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