We’ve all fed our dogs something we shouldn’t at some point and in the vast majority of cases nothing bad ever comes of it. However, we’ve had a few questions specific surrounding yellow poop after being fed a simple chicken and rice dish.
In other cases, rarer cases we might add, a dog might be recommended a chicken and rice diet to help combat a pre-existing bout of diarrhoea and then the yellow poo rears its head. If either of these situations matches you and your dog then you’re in the right place as we dish the dirt on the mystery of the chicken and rice yellow poo.
What do we mean by “chicken and rice”?
When we’re discussing chicken and rice for dogs we aren’t talking about wet food or kibble which is designed for dogs but uses chicken and rice ingredients. Instead, we are specifically talking about chicken fillets and rice which has been made for human consumption but is instead fed to a dog. Not necessarily on a plate or all dressed up like we would expect but the core ingredients.
Why would a dog eat chicken and rice?
There are two reasons why a dog is eating chicken and rice – you have given it to them as a special treat or as an unfinished dish or you’re feeding your dog this meal as a result of advice from the vet.
The second reason is the one to focus on here – the vet recommended. Chicken and rice are sometimes recommended to owners of dogs who are having tummy trouble (diarrhoea) as a way to get them to actually consume food, get their nutrients and to not aggravate the digestive system any more.
When dogs get tummy trouble it can lead to a lack of appetite, especially their own wet/dry food… but give them a whiff of human food and they’ll gulp it down. However, human food can often make things worse and not better and this where chicken and rice comes in. This meal is very bland at the best of times but still packs all the necessary nutrients to keep them going along with a lot of ingredients unlikely to make things worse (unless they’re allergic to grains, in that case, check out the best grain free foods to go with the chicken instead).
But, this can lead to bright yellow poo. You’re here because you want to know if this is normal or not.
What’s up with yellow poo after chicken and rice and is it normal?
To observe yellow sometimes quite bright like a korma poo after chicken and rice is normal and is a side effect of the dish teamed up with an already upset tummy. The colouring comes from the chicken as opposed to the rice and you can even see the same effects from other poultry such as turkey or duck. This colouring of the poo should pass as the dog feels better and is back on their normal foods.
Yellow poo in dogs not on a chicken and rice diet suggests a different digestive problem or that they have ingested something they shouldn’t.
As a guide, here is a handy go to guide to identify potential problems in dogs by looking at their stools;
Yellow or greenish stool indicates rapid transit (small bowel)
Black, tarry stool indicated bleeding in the upper digestive tract
Bloody stool red blood or clots indicate bleeding in the colon
Pasty, light-colored stool indicates lack of bile (liver disease)
Large, grey, rancid-smelling stool indicates inadequate digestion or absorption (malabsorption syndrome).
Watery stool indicates small bowel wall irritation (toxins and severe infections)
Foamy stool suggests a bacterial infection
Greasy stool often with oil on the hair around the anus: indicates malabsorption
Excessive mucus a glistening or jellylike appearance; indicates colonic origin.
ODOUR (the more watery the stool, the greater the odor)
Foodlike, or smelling like sour milk suggests rapid transit and malabsorption: for example, overfeeding, especially in puppies
Putrid smelling suggests an intestinal infection.
Several in an hour, each small, with straining suggests colitis (inflammation of the large bowel)
Three or four times a day, each large suggests a malabsorption or small bowel disorder
Yellow poo is a normal and expected side effect of a chicken and rice diet. They should not be fed chicken and rice outside of treatment for diarrhoea and should pass as soon as their diet is back to normal. If you have genuine concerns please go straight to a vet.
Ronnie is the JugDog site editor and a dog expert who has lived and worked with dogs his entire life. Living in St. Helens, UK with his wife son and Jug Dog Jeff Ronnie spends most of time researching the answers to the burning questions of the dog community as well as reviewing the latest and greatest dog products.