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Why Is My Dogs' Poo Yellow and What Can I Do To Help?

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Did you know you can tell a lot about your dog’s health and wellbeing from checking the colour of their poop? We know it can be quite alarming to examine your dog’s feces and discover your dog has yellow poo…

Interestingly, the colour of a dog’s poo may be a precursor of health problems, and if you know what to look out for, this can serve as a useful indicator of when it’s time to seek the help of your vet.

Do you ever encounter bright yellow dog poop and are worrying why this is happening? Read this article where you’ll discover what is causing the problem and ways to prevent this from happening in the future.

If your dog's poop is consistently yellow, it is important to consider several possible causes. Here are some potential reasons for yellow dog poop:

Why Is My Dogs Poo Yellow:

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1. Diet: The food your dog consumes plays a significant role in their stool colour. Certain dog foods, especially those with high-fat content, can lead to yellow or pale-coloured poop. If you recently changed your dog's diet or introduced new food items, it could be a contributing factor.

2. Bile: Bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It aids in the breakdown of fats. Sometimes, when the digestive process is accelerated, the bile may not have enough time to break down completely, resulting in a mustard yellow dog poop.

3. Intestinal issues: A dog’s yellow poo can indicate issues with the intestines. Conditions such as malabsorption disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, or infections can affect the digestion and absorption of nutrients, resulting in yellow stool.

4. Liver problems: The liver plays a crucial role in digestion and the production of bile. If the liver is not functioning properly, it can affect the colour and consistency of your dog's poop. Liver diseases or conditions can lead to yellowish or clay-coloured stools.

5. Parasites or infections: Certain parasitic infections, such as giardiasis, can cause yellow or pale-coloured feces in dogs. These infections can interfere with the normal digestive process.

Yellow Mucus in Dog Poop:

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Not every bowel movement that’s yellow and has mucus is going to warrant a vet visit. There are some instances where you can monitor your dog or try some at-home treatments such as probiotics. This is especially true if your dog isn’t showing any other signs. A little inflammation may not be a bother at all and will clear up on its own within a couple of days.

What Does Healthy Dog Poop Look Like?

dog poo colour chart

When Should I Be Concerned?

It's important to monitor your dog's overall health and behaviour in addition to the colour of their poop. If your dog's stool remains consistently yellow, or if your dog displays other concerning symptoms like diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or lethargy, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian for a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis. The vet will be able to assess your dog's specific situation and provide appropriate treatment if necessary.

Thank you for reading our article touching upon why some dog poos are yellow and how to identify the reason why. Let us know your experiences and how you dealt with it in the comments below!


Article written by Hayden Lloyd - Founder HWL Pet Supplies Limited

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