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

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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.


  • Kedhari | 14/06/2019

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

  • Karen Teters | 21/06/2019

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

  • My Pet Child | 21/06/2019

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

  • Paula | 06/09/2019

    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.

  • Fran | 24/09/2019

    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 | 31/08/2019

    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

  • Jennie Lee | 14/09/2019

    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.

  • Kristine C | 07/04/2020

    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?

  • Kristen | 23/04/2020

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

  • Nathan | 17/06/2020

    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?

  • Suzie H. | 22/03/2021

    Check your yard for rabbit poop. My 5 month old puppy won’t stop eating it & it’s caused him diarrhea for 3 weeks straight so far. Starting to make some progress, but he is now in a cage muzzle outside to stop him from finding & eating the rabbit poop.

  • Jeff Blair | 24/08/2021

    I have a 6 year old Rottie, who has suffered from gastro issues forever, finally on chicken and rice until i can come up with a new diet. So on chicken and rice he is obviously doing much better, he is not having abdominal pain and is digesting the food with no discomfort. Today i added a few tablespoons of mashed broccoli very cooked and he pooped some different shades including yellow. It is soooo stressfull! He is my boy, i cannot imagine life without him. Vets ignore everything i say and i always feels i wasted my time. Also, since he is on chicken and rice he no longer has a steady stream of clear liquid coming from his nose. I’ve asked every single vet about that and its always the same generic insulting response “he’s a large dog, they drool a lot” WRONG! in his case excessive drooling is a sign of nausea, and the simple fact that pepcid helps that should make this easy. Anyway, I’m open for suggestions. Times are tough, can’t afford to run to the vet again for the same ol same ol

  • Rodrigo | 04/10/2019

    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?

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  • Victorine Du Preez | 27/04/2020

    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?

  • Sue | 04/10/2020

    So many of us searching out yellow poop 🙁 Mine started throwing up over a week ago, she wawas so sick that Friday morning I thought shshe was going to die. We’ve had all the tests including an ultrasound and x-rays, she’s on antibiotics, omeprazole, cimetidine, metacam… Still sick and starving.

  • David | 15/10/2020

    Sue you should have her tested for parvo. My pup just went through it and it was the same constant diarrhea and vomiting. He’s just recovered from it after 8 days in the hospital.

  • Joanna | 03/11/2020

    @Nathan and @ Kristen,

    Did you guys find out what was bothering your dogs?

    I have a 10 month old cavapoo and similar story. She had diarrhea, put on meds. Was good for a few days and then had loose stool that turned into diarrhea again. I put her on a rice diet but that doesnt seem to have firmed up her stool and it seems to have different colours (I recently added chicken broth as she was getting bored of the rice).

  • Laura | 14/11/2020

    I have a 4 month old Bully and a 2 year old Bully. We came home one night and found puddles of throw up and diarrhea everywhere and so monitored her (4 month old) the whole week and she seemed to be getting better but still had some diarrhea here and there. Then 6 days after initial vomiting, she threw up so much and it smelled like feces so we took her to the ER…parvo negative and got xrays done for blockage. Everything seemed normal. Vet prescribed Metronidazole and chicken and rice. The next following day our 2 year old bully couldnt poop so I put her on chicken and rice also and omg they both were having very yellow, mucus filled poop…no idea whats going on. Days later our 2 year old was throwing up yellow foamy liquid and mad diarrhea. They are both on the meds now and have orange poop. Im putting them back on theur raw diet as I think it will help but has anybody found out the issue with their dog? Im so worried

  • Julie Burton | 15/11/2020

    I amazed how many people are reporting similar symptoms in their dogs. I have a 5yr old IGxManchester. She has had almost florescent yellow jelly poo for about a week. I have taken her to vet twice. Will take her again on Monday. Met another dog walker who said her dog had exactly the same symptoms. What on earth is going on?

  • Ashley | 26/12/2020

    Same. Both my dogs started getting severe diarrhea, vomiting. Put on a course of metronidazole for 2 days. D stopped while on the drug. Two days after drug finished, D back in both of them. Put back on 7 day course on metronidazole. Orange poop while on drug. We will see what happens when the antibiotics run out this time. Did anyone ever get to the bottom of what their dogs had on here?

  • Billie | 04/01/2021

    My English Pointer is having the same problem. He’s been on chicken and rice since Saturday and not seeing much change in his stool except that it is orange-yellow. It’s not slimy any longer, but still not firm. My vet said to give him Fiber One cereal or any cereal high in fiber so I’ve added that to his rice for a change in the mornings. If not change tomorrow I plan to call vet again. Surprised that after your dogs have had the meds that they go back to the same issue.

  • Claude | 25/01/2021

    My Poodle is 12 weeks old, and been in my home for about 2 weeks. Trying to figure out his feeding has been a little stressful. After 2 vet visits, metaclopramide and some probiotics, he’s now eating, drinking and going to the bathroom regularly but as I’ve transitioned him off of his vet-prescribed gastro food, his stool has gotten progressively yellowish, looser and he sometimes has, what looks like, tiny chunks of something grain-like in it.

    I have been including rice in his diet to help so that could be the source of the tiny pieces, but i was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?

    The chunks do not appear to be white specks and they are not moving.

  • Angela Smith | 26/05/2021

    I think the rice like bits in the poop is worms. That’s what I’ve always been told to look out for. It can be the eggs I believe, that’s why they’re not moving.
    My dogs have been on chicken and rice for too long. When I put anything else into their diet they get mucus and blood.
    It’s so worrying. I’ve tried pureeing veggies but it still makes them sick.
    I’m quite desperate now. Any tips welcome 🙏

  • Gretchen Cingari | 25/07/2021

    My dog doesn’t tolerate chicken but he does turkey and rice with about a tablespoon of sweet potato or pumpkin for nutrients. I found other than apples most vegetables cause gas for him

  • Susan Slowes | 15/02/2021

    My 11 year old chihuahua has had diarrhea on and off but no other symptoms and is behaving normally. As soon as he goes off metronidazole he gets diarrhea again. I’ve got him on a bland diet of boiled white chicken and boiled white rice and today his stool was very yellow!

  • Cheryl | 16/02/2021

    Try Doggy Greens by Five leaf Pet Botanicals. I have given it to my dogs and it’s great for overall health. They have a variety of supplements and for different issues, but the doggy greens can be given for over all heath. I recommend giving this to your dog once daily. Google this company and the products.

  • Lisa P | 17/04/2021

    For anyone questioning metronidazole (flagyl), this med will turn urine and stool an orangey yellow color. Also, bland diets of chicken and rice will do the same because it’s a diet change in your dog. My Labrador went on a chicken and rice diet and only pooped once a day while on it, in smaller amounts but it’s because this diet lacks the bulking ability of kibble. Also, any pancreatitis/liver issues can change stool color. Flagyl in humans changes urine to tea color.

  • Bruce m Fournier | 10/05/2021

    my 14 yr old cockapoo never sick one day. sudden shut down of his immune system, platelets down to 17, watery stools I thought i was going to lose him, doc put him on prednisone, and metronidazole, and after weeks his blood work is normal, tested negative for every thing under the sun. the reaction was from a flea insecticide they prescribed, the park we were using had an infestation of ticks. He still has loose bowel movements so the old chicken n rice came into play again, but after a few days he is still not firmed up to normal and i see rice in his stools. its an epidemic of something we are all seeing.

  • Memy | 09/12/2021

    Would be great to tell us which flea insecticide.

  • Amanda | 07/07/2021

    My 5 year old golden/lab mix is having a very similar experience here in MN! She has been having diarrhea on and off for a couple of months now. In early April it first presented and we got her on metronidazole and the powder on her food, gentle prescription canned food, and her stools firmed up almost immediately. She tested negative for Giardia and any other fecal bugs though. However, not long after the treatment ended, it came back. We have now done 3 rounds of the metronidazole since early April and she will get better and seem great for a week or two, and then it comes back again. We had her fecal panel run again a couple weeks ago and it was all negative again. It is super liquidy and mucus-y this week and seems to be getting worse. I stopped all her normal food and treats and switched to boiled chicken and white rice last night and she had pretty orange liquid diarrhea twice this morning. She’s been waking me up in the middle of the night to go out multiple times a week. We’re going to head back the vet tomorrow if nothing improves with the chicken and rice diet, but this is definitely stressful! I feel so bad for my girl and want her to feel her best of course, I will try anything. I just really hope its not something severe.

  • Joe | 09/07/2021

    My cockerlier pretty much went from firm normal poo to diarrhoea in a matter of hours. She woke up in the middle of the night and barked to go outside, eventually let her out and she had diarrhoea, let her back in then an hour later was vomiting, then went outside and had diarrhoea again. Took her to the vet and they couldn’t find anything wrong on an examination and prescribed a pro biotic. It’s now been three days on a chicken and rice meal and she’s still having yellow cow pat like poos. She’s active, alert and the vomiting hasn’t happened again since that first night but something just isn’t right. It sounds bad but don’t really want to have to pay another £70 to a vet just to be told what I already knew to do. So I’m kind of stuck.
    It sounds like a stomach bug of some sort, since many of us are experiencing it. She usually eats dried acana dog food of different varieties. The only change in her behaviour was starting a week prior to this, I’d feed her, and she’d sometimes eat a bit and then stop and after 2 minutes or so return to it, which she normal never does. I put this down to the heat we’ve had recently, but now I’m not so sure.

  • Ken | 21/07/2021

    Could some of y’all post updates? My pup has been having the runs off and on for three months. On chicken and rice again but this time he is having mustard yellow poop with rice like bit in it

  • Gretchen Cingari | 25/07/2021

    For all the people that are doing the chicken and rice diet chicken is the number one allergy for dogs please try another nominal protein I’ve had great luck with turkey.

  • Mary Beth Calor | 01/11/2021

    My dogs are older, 10 and 11 years old. I have been feeding them only chicken (skinless, boneless breasts). My chihuahua had a runny yellow bowel movement. My Brussels Griffon is fairing better. I switch them from dry dog/wet dog food due to my Brussels had bloody diarrhea. I am at wits end. I thought that this diet would be bland enough to help their digestive issues. Help????

  • Becky | 14/12/2021

    Interesting. We are dealing with the same. Been on flagyl for a week- good to know that can turn the stool colors because of it. My GSD mix has been having loose yellow/orange stool for almost 3 weeks! She’s lost 7 lbs and I can see her ribs. This is so scary and stressful. I’ve been feeding her only chicken and rice but we just switched her to hamburger and rice yesterday because of the possible chicken allergy.
    We did a fecal test- nothing, no parasites.
    She does like rabbit poop though 🤢Wondering if maybe this is a side effect from medication like her monthly heart worm meds or flea/tick meds? Or from her shots? We are awaiting a GI panel (Blood test) to see if it’s due to a pancreas deficiency that some GSDs have.

  • Becky | 16/12/2021

    Just wanted to follow up. We got the results from the GI panel (bloodtest) and my 11month old pup has EPI- exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Her pancreas has atrophied due to an autoimmune disease and her cells make very little of the enzymes she needs for digesting protein and fat. Normal range is 5-35 and her level was 0.7.
    I guess this disease happens the most in GSDs but can occur in other dogs as well. Signs of it are yellow/pale/grey fatty/cowpie-looking diarrhea- sometimes undigested food will be seen. This diarrhea will be in large volumes. (Her’s would be a couple of normal-ish looking stools followed by looser and more yellow stools that looked like cowpies, and she just kept going. I felt like she was pooping out her entire intestinal length!) A voracious appetite but getting skinnier and skinnier despite feeding more. Eating poop. Yup- her own, the cat’s, rabbits. Basically anything she can find. And overall being obsessed with finding food. Lethargy, tiredness. Dull coat.
    I’m so glad we got this figured out. She needs special enzymes you can only get from the vet. She’s had 3 good enzyme filled meals now and has been napping peacefully. I can tell she is more calm when she is awake too. I hope you all figure out what is going on with your pups. This has been an extremely stressful and difficult thing to go through.

  • Amelia | 20/12/2021

    4 year old golden retriever female. Shop ran out of their (I have 2 goldens) regular diet (they’ve been on it for years) and I had to buy a different one from same brand. She developed diarrhea a day later. Took her off food 12 hours then gave boiled hamburger and rice. She firmed up. Integrated her regular diet and all seemed fine, then it started again. Got Interceptor + dewormer. Same results: firmed up then issues on integration. Put her on Panacur for giardia. Will try integration again.

    Can’t understand how a food they’ve both eaten for years could suddenly cause this reaction in just my female.

  • Amber | 30/01/2022

    We are having same issue, suddenly our dog didn’t feel like eating on a Sunday. Not like her at all, she really likes to eat. Then the next day she threw up and starting having large amounts of runny poo. Withheld food, started chicken and rice. Would throw up only on occasion but otherwise she acted fine. She was eating, except for the mornings she would throw up. Poo was starting to firm up, then got worse again on the weekend. Called the vet, they took images of her and said she had a lot of inflammation and gas, but otherwise pictures look normal. Gave her anti-naseau, probiotics, and metronidazole. And special food, mixed with chicken and rice after a few days. After a few days stool is firming up again, then she puked and gets diarrhea so bad, just pure liquid pouring out of her. Take her back, they do more images, blood work, give more metronidazole, anti-naseau, dewormer and an even more expensive hypoallergenic food. They said her image’s were fine, blood work is great. They doubt she has parasites bc she takes heart guard but wanted to try it. I haven’t even tried the hypoallergenic food yet. She’s been on just chicken and rice for 5 days, and just like before her stools firm up slightly and now they are getting runny again. Still on metronidazole. Now she’s so naseaus she won’t eat breakfast. I’m at wits end. I’ve already spent over $500 in the last 2 weeks. We are starting week 4 of this.

    Has anyone found any resolution for their pups, bc this seems to be a common thing looking at this thread. Also has anyone elses pup with these issues been exposed to COVID-19? Ours was, my house was sick with it for 2 weeks before our dog got sick and our vet just dismissed the idea. I don’t get why, it’s been shown other animals can get COVID-19 why not our pets that live in our houses and share the same air?? They didn’t want a stool sample, but I think I will take one and demand they test it for something viral.

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