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Why Your Dog’s Poop Turns Yellow After Being Fed Chicken & Rice

Dog Chicken & Rice Meal

Has your dog been pooping neon-like yellow stools after being put on the chicken and rice diet? The relieving news is that it is somewhat normal for this to occur, especially if the dietary change has been made to help your dog’s diarrhea problems.

A quick search on Google will tell you that many other dog owners have experienced the same issue with their dog and turned out to be a false alarm. We do, however, recommend that you still contact your vet in case the yellow stool is an indication of a more serious health problem.

Chicken & Rice for Diarrhea

One of the most common diarrhea protocols for dogs is for them to be fed a bland chicken and rice diet. This is a recommendation that many vets will give to dog patients with upset stomachs.

Rice, specifically white rice, is considered good for dogs with diarrhea because the soluble fiber in the rice absorbs some of the water that passes through the gastrointestinal tract. This helps stabilize the consistency of the runny dog stool. White rice also contains a binding property that helps firm up the dog stool.

Please note the same doesn’t apply for brown rice. It may be more nutritious than white rice but it doesn’t help your dog’s diarrhea problem because it doesn’t have the same binding property that white rice has.

It’s important to note that your sick dog should only be put on the chicken and rice diet temporarily. He can suffer from nutrient deficiencies if he isn’t fed anything else. Once your dog starts to get better, you’ll need to consult with the vet to determine the best way to transition back to your dog’s normal diet.

Why the Dog Stool Turns Yellow

The change in color could have been a result of a number of factors. It could be due to the presence of parasites (such as whipworms) in your dog’s intestinal tract. It could also be a result of your dog’s body reacting to a sudden change in diet.

If your dog has never been fed chicken before then first make sure that he isn’t allergic to it. According to WebMD.com, chicken is one of the most common foods that could trigger an allergy in your dog. Diarrhea is one of several symptoms shown by dogs with food allergy problems.

So what should you do if you start to see yellow poop after feeding your dog chicken and rice? First, don’t panic. Observe your dog to see if he is showing any other worrying signs. If your dog is acting perfectly normal then the yellow or orange poop may have been caused by the dietary change.

If your dog is showing other worrying symptoms like a lack of appetite or vomiting then we advise you visit the vet straight away. Your vet may ask for a sample of the yellow stool to be able to better determine the cause of your dog’s illness.

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Latest Comments

  • Kedhari June 14, 2019 at 7:54 am

    yeah thank you for your instruction I get my dog normal soon bill thank you

  • Karen Teters June 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Currently have dog on rice and chicken per veterinarian’s advice. Should I see rice in the dog stool?

    1. My Pet Child June 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Karen, we suggest you take a stool sample to the vet if you continue to see rice in the stool.

    2. Paula September 6, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Hi Karen,
      Did you find out what the problem was?
      I’ve got a puppy who was put on rice & chicken, who now has rice in his stools too.

      1. Fran September 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

        Hi Paula, I believe this happen to our 9 year old Peke as well. I’m waiting for the night time poop to see if I see the “rice” like substance again. What ended up happening in your case? Thanks

  • kathy hilderbrand August 31, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Hello I currently have my 1 .5 year male husky on rice & chicken to due GI issues. My vet has also has him on metronidazole. He only goes once a day and it’s a bright orange can the meds or rice be causing the bright orange color

    1. Jennie Lee September 14, 2019 at 7:25 am

      My dachshund is on metronidazole too. He has never had issues on chicken and rice before but this is day 2 of the meds and his poop is orange too. Makes me think the meds have some influence.

      1. Kristine C April 7, 2020 at 2:45 pm

        I’m having the same problem. Dog had loose stools. Put on metronidazole and chicken and rice. Poop orange. When dry kibble added the brown returns. He finished cycle of meds then 5 days post meds, loose stool again. Back on meds. Poop orange again.

        He is scheduled for an ultrasound tomorrow. All blood work in average range. Fecal samples clear.
        He is a 5 year old Rotti. Any update on your dogs stomach issues to share?

        1. Kristen April 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm

          Did you get your results back? Im having a similar issue with my Rot pup.

        2. Nathan June 17, 2020 at 4:23 am

          This is happening to our puppy right now! He got put on metronidazole, didn’t poop for a few days, when he did it was orange. Now that the meds are over he was doing fine for a few days and back to diarrhea and a runny stool again.

          He also had clear fecal samples and blood work. Did it end up clearing up for your dog? Did you find out what was causing it?

  • Rodrigo October 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

    My pup is getting this orange watery stool only once at night overnight for a few days now. The rest of the day his stools are normal. Any advice?

  • john April 19, 2020 at 12:09 am

    great

  • Victorine Du Preez April 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I have a 9year old Peke, he was at the vet already due to an altercation with another dog, but he has amazingly been progressing in strength in his legs without the surgery for neurological concerns. However, it seems as though he’s tummy goes stiff just before he needs to go ‘poo’…

    Since the vet visit, about a week ago, his stools were normal, but since this morning it’s been yellow and slimy. Although after he’s done, he’s normal for the rest of the day.

    BEFORE I go to the vet again, just want to know if I need to know anything else?

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