It can be odd to see your dog passing stool that is a yellow color. Typically, you expect a normal brown poop, but that yellow color can be disconcerting. It’s important to remember that any time your dog’s stool is not a normal brown color, you should watch him as well as his future stools more carefully.
Dog stool can change color for a variety of reasons such as simply eating something that was not a food item, or he may have allergies to his food – in which case you may consider something more friendly for their diet. Other reasons can be more serious like liver, pancreas, or gallbladder problems, intestinal infections, gastroenteritis, or irritable bowel syndrome. When you see a lasting change in stool color, it’s important to take your dog to the veterinarian to get him checked out.
Why Do Dogs Passing Yellow Stool?
There are quite a few reasons why a dog would have a yellow stool, and some of the reasons are pretty serious.
Eating Non-Food Items
When we say non-food items, we mean grass, a stick, or something they picked up off the floor in your house. Any consumption of something that isn’t food and shouldn’t be eaten is called foreign body consumption. Basically, it is items that your dog’s system cannot digest.
When a dog has a problem with his liver, it can cause jaundice, which is a discoloration of his skin, urine, eyes, and feces. Damage to your dog’s liver can happen as a result of cancer, drugs, toxins, disease, and inflammation that is caused by fungal and bacterial infections.
Gastroenteritis is the inflammation of your dog’s intestinal system, which refers to the intestines and stomach. Causes of this condition can include reaction to medication or food or an infection from parasites, viruses, or bacteria.
Inflammation of your dog’s pancreas will happen due to digestive enzymes leaking into the tissue of the pancreas. Lack of appetite, depression, and abdominal pain as well as diarrhea and vomiting will occur in some dogs while chronic pancreatitis may cause diabetes in your dog.
Problems with your gallbladder will occur when your dog has a stoppage of bile that flows from his gallbladders to his intestines. These issues can happen after trauma to his gallbladder or if there is an obstruction like gallstones, a tumor, or congealed bile turning his urine, skin, eyes, and feces yellow.
This type of infection can be parasitic, fungal, viral, or bacterial. If you leave an intestinal infection untreated, it can become very serious for your dog.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Causing yellow mucus in your dog’s poop, irritable bowel syndrome needs to be treated early to stop it from progressing into a very serious health issue for your dog.
So, What Does Dog Poop Color Mean?
As long as we’re talking about poop colors, what do the other color of poop indicate for your pup? You’ll be comforted to know that most of the mild changes in the color of your dog’s stool are probably due to a dietary change, are isn’t something you should be concerned with. However, the consistency and color of your dog’s poop can be an indication of a more serious health issue, so it is important to keep an eye on it if you notice any color changes.
Here’s a summary of what different colored dog poop could be telling you.
If you’ve noticed that your dog’s poop isn’t looking normal, then here’s a little background on what each color means and what it could be telling you about your dog.
So, what is “normal” dog poop? The color can actually be different depending on the dog and breed. It can also change based on what type of dog food they eat. But, in general, it should be somewhere around medium brown. The poop should also not be too liquidy and soft, which would be diarrhea, or so hard you know that he passed it uncomfortably, which would mean he’s constipated. Always keep an eye on a healthy poop from your dog as far as frequency, color, and consistency, so you will be able to notice when there is actually a problem.
Very Dark or Black Dog Poop
You may notice a sticky or tarry consistency in black dog poop. That’s because the black color is the result of partially digested blood. When you see black stools, it could be a sign of an ulcer in your dog’s upper gastrointestinal tract, like a stomach ulcer.
There are several medications for humans like aspirin that can cause a dog to have a stomach ulcer. Plus, there are also medications made just for dogs that can increase the possibility of a stomach ulcer in a dog if he takes it for a long time. Remember that you should never give medicine that you take to your pup without first talking to a veterinarian.
Red Streaked or Bright Red Dog Poop
When you see a bright red color in your dog’s poop, that is a sign that there is some undigested blood in your dog’s GI tract, particularly in his lower GI tract. When you see blood streaks in his poop, that could be a sign of something like colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon, a tumor, an infection of an anal gland, or an injury in his rectum.
Purple or Pink Dog Poop
If you notice poop that looks like raspberry jam, that could be hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, or HGE, which is a possibly fatal disease that could cause your pup to suddenly have diarrhea and vomiting. Most pups that have HGE tend to recover when they receive prompt treatment. So, it’s important to get emergency medical attention when you notice this color poop.
Greasy-Looking or Grey Poop
If your dog’s poop is glistening, fatty, or appears soft and large, this could be a sign of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or EPI. It is commonly called maldigestion, but EPI is a serious disease where the pancreas won’t produce the enzymes necessary to digest fat. This disease is treatable and can be caused by a fatty diet.
Green Dog Poop
Commonly observed as a result of puppies eating grass, green poop could also be a sign of an intestinal parasite or poisoning by rat bait. Always see the vet if you notice that your dog has green-colored poop.
Orange Dog Poop
Indicating a biliary disease or liver issue, orange dog poop may also mean that food has moved too quickly through your dog’s GI tract on its way to pick up bile. Made in the liver, bile is what will change the color of your poop to the expected brown color, so if your dog has orange diarrhea, take your dog to the veterinarian.
Yellow Dog Poop
Indicating a food intolerance, yellow mucus often appears if you have recently made a change to your dog’s food or diet. Make sure you look at what your dog has been eating to try and rule out new ingredients to his diet that could be upsetting his stomach and giving him yellow poop.
There are also home allergy tests you can administer to your dog to see if he has any environmental or dietary allergies. Even with the at-home allergy test, you will want to take him to the veterinarian so you will know for certain which of the ingredients is causing your pup to have stomach issues.
Poop that has White Specks In It
If your dog has poop with white specks, that means he has worms. To be specific, we mean tapeworms. These worms often look like grains of rice in your dog’s stool. This is a treatable condition with dog dewormer, so it’s important to take him to the veterinarian.
Why What Food Your Dog Eats Matters
The best prevention of stool issues is to be aware of exactly what your dog eats. Here are a few tips to help you keep an eye on his diet:
Always feed your dog a diet that is consistent and features the highest quality dog food.
Remember to limit the amount of human food your dog ingests. Even people’s food that is pet-safe can cause your dog issues if he has a sensitive tummy, allergies, or if he just has too much of it. Also, make sure your kids and other members of the family know exactly what your dog should be eating.
Keep your dog from going through the trash and your compost pile.
Know what’s in your yard as far as trash and plants that are growing, especially if your dog spends a lot of time outside in their invisible dog fence. There are several types of plants, including berries and mushrooms, that can make your dog really sick if he eats them.
Keep pest-control chemicals, car care products, lawn and garden products, cleaning products, trash, and medicines out of your dog’s reach since they can all pose a serious threat to your pup’s health if he ingests them. Use this rule of thumb, if you don’t want your kid to eat that food, then you don’t want your pup to eat it either.
What to do if your Dog is Passing Yellow Stools
You may notice periods of yellow stool and diarrhea cycling in and out of your pup’s life. It may last through only or two poops before disappearing again. This is pretty normal for some dogs, so it’s not necessary to worry unless your dog’s condition starts to deteriorate.
But, if you notice that yellow stools are continuing after one or two days, or if your pup’s condition starts to deteriorate immediately, make sure you take him to the veterinarian for a professional medical evaluation. The reason for the yellow stools may be a minor condition, but it could also be a larger health issue that you will need to have treated immediately – you dog insurance will come in handy here.
Your vet will check out your dog and perform some testing to find out what is causing your dog’s yellow stool. Often, your vet will end up ruling out different reasons as he tries to determine the cause of your dog’s yellow stool. Your vet will then treat the cause of your pet’s yellow stool with dietary supplements, medication, dietary regimen, or surgical procedures as needed, which are based on his diagnosis.
Prevention of Yellow Stool
When you notice that your dog has a yellow stool, it’s important to closely monitor his lifestyle and diet to prevent it from continuing to happen. If he does have an issue with his gallbladder, pancreas, or liver, a dietary regimen evaluation will be needed to make sure he is getting the balanced diet he needs without all those extra carbohydrates and fat that he may not be able to digest easily.
You will want to monitor his home environment carefully as well as any areas where he plays or exercises to eliminate possible non-food items that he might be interested in enough to eat. Also keep up with regular trips to the vet, parasite control, and vaccinations to help reduce any opportunity for a parasitic infection to form in your dog’s intestinal tract.
You can also do at-home exams regularly to help locate any painful areas your pet may have that could be related to an internal problem that will need a vet’s attention. You can also incorporate this type of exam into your normal time with your pup during play and cuddles.
Why is my dog’s poop yellow?
If your dog has yellow poop, it can just be a sign of an upset stomach. If the yellow poop lasts a couple of days, your veterinarian may want to do some tests to check out his gallbladder, pancreas, or liver for other issues.
Is yellow poop bad?
Not always. It could just be a sign that your dog has eaten something that is upsetting his stomach. Now if it lasts a few days, then it could be something more serious like a problem with his pancreas, gallbladder, or liver. Just keep an eye on it and take him to the veterinarian if it doesn’t clear up in a day or two.
What color poop is bad for dogs?
Black or maroon poop can be signs that your dog is bleeding in his small intestines or stomach while poop that has red streams may be a sign of bleeding in his color or lower gastrointestinal tract. Yellow poop can indicate problems with a dog’s gallbladder, liver, or pancreas while white spots in a dog’s stool could mean he has worms.
What does yellow diarrhea indicate?
Yellow diarrhea can be a sign that your dog has an upset stomach, so it’s important to watch what he eats to see if something isn’t agreeing with him. If it persists for a few days, definitely take him to the veterinarian to see if there is a larger issue with either his liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.