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dog urine is very orange in color

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dog urine is very orange in color
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Chris replied 7 years ago.
Orange urine usually indicates that there is a large amount of a substance called bilirubin in the urine. Bilirubin is released into the bloodstream from hemoglobin when red blood cells break down. The liver then takes up the excess and makes it water soluble so it can be released in the urine. A small amount in the urine of a dog can be normal, but if there is enough for the urine to be orange, it indicates that there is excessive bilirubin in the bloodstream, which also causes jaundice. The dog's skin and the whites of its eyes will usually also have a yellowish color at that point.

This is a serious problem and means one of two things:

1. The liver is not functioning properly
2. Red blood cells are being damaged rapidly in the body

Both of those are bad situations and the dog needs to be seen for a physical exam and some blood tests and urinalysis to get to the bottom of what's going on.
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