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If a dog has excessive phlegm, is it ok to scoop it out with a finger or give them lemon juice to clear the problem?

asked 2015-12-09 18:06:54 -0500

Health question for bulldogs and french bulldogs. They get phlegm build up sometimes. I read that both methods are OK but would love a second opinion.

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answered 2017-02-24 22:54:11 -0500

No! Don't give your dog lemon juice, it's acidic and can burn their throats. And don't scoop out any mucus, no matter where you find it. If your pet has any kind of discharge, from the eyes, nose, mouth, or otherwise, there is an underlying health issue going on, and you need to visit your veterinarian. There's lots of scary and harmful information online about "at home remedies" for pets, but the only thing you can rely on is getting an informed diagnosis for the health problem you're facing. From there, with medications or treatments, the infection or other issue should clear up. Even if you could just scoop it away, this won't fix the underlying problem, and your dog will be even phlehm-ier the next day.

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answered 2015-12-09 22:14:59 -0500

I've never heard of lemon juice, but I'm sure they would welcome a finger scoop to get the goop out.

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