Why Your Dog’s Poop Turns Yellow After Being Fed Chicken & Rice
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 (e.g. jasmine 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 boiled 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.