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My black lab has started having yellow to light color feces.

Customer Question

My black lab has started having yellow to light color feces. Seems hungry all the time.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Madison, age 4. She has a habit of eating anything she can find outdoors.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Madison?
Customer: No diarre
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Is she drinking more than usual?

4- Is she losing weight?

5- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
About week. No pre-existing medical conditions, healthy. Not drinking more than usual. Slight loss of weight. No other symptoms.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

Yellow color feces is often associated with a rapid transit time of food through the intestines. In other words, the intestines are overactive. This can be caused by many different medical conditions like intestinal parasites, infections, or even part of a systemic disease, etc. to name a few causes. Unfortunately, on history only it will not be possible for me to pinpoint the exact underlying cause, I am sorry. In this case, I would recommend a hands-on examination with your family veterinarian and a fecal analysis as an initial screening test. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours, need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Then, offer a small amount of water followed by a diet of rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until the stool is back to normal then wean her back into her regular diet.

3- Supplement with a probiotic, these are friendly bacteria that help with regularity and inflammation. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination and fecal analysis as an initial screening test.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter