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My dog has loose, yellowy orange stools that often have a ...

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My dog has loose, yellowy orange stools that often have a mucous like coating. No parasites detected in a normal fecal exam. She is eating and drinking normally. Duration about 2-3 weeks now. Stools have become more formed since starting a bland diet 3 days ago. But color and consistency not normal. What is this ?
The yellow orange color indicates the bile being produced by gallbladder and pancreas in the upper GI area is not being digested. Usually that means the food is passsing through the digestive tract too quickly.
The mucous is an indication of irritation of the intestinal lining a lot like when your nose runs because of irritants.
Even though the fecal exam showed no parasites a common sign of whipworm infection is the mucous encased stools. Whipworms do not lay eggs very often so it may take many fecal exams before eggs are seen in the stool. You could ask your vet about trying a course of Panacur which will kill whipworms and other parasites to see if that clears this up.
Or you may want to run some blood work to see if there is an issue with pancreatic enzymes being elevated or check an x-ray or ultrasound to see if there is an issue with the gallbladder area.
Its possible she is having an issue such as inflammatory bowel from becoming sensitive to an ingredient in her regular food too. You can read about inflammatory bowel here
If you feel your vet has no more ideas to help you then you might want to ask them for a referral to a small animal internal medicine specialist if there is one in your area. They see more of the unusual cases and so may find them easier to treat.
Hope this helps you!
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