My dog's urine is dark yellow and smells, why?

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Urine that is orange, very yellow or dark brown is an indicator that something is not right with the health of your dog, especially if he does not want to eat. Some Pet-Lovers have also identified this color as 'Coke' and with an unpleasant and very strong odor. In this article we will explain the most common reasons why this situation occurs; if you want a personalized consultation, contact our online veterinarians.

Very yellow pee in puppies, what's wrong?

The problem that causes your dog's urine to be yellow has nothing to do with his age. His pee can appear in this color at any time, only the causes vary. The main reason his pee smells or has an excessively yellowish color is that he does not drink enough water. Focusing on the puppies, it is possible that by adopting him you have saved him from a terrible situation.

Unlike what happens in shelters, there are still people who store them in a storage room waiting to be able to sell them or take advantage of them financially. Unfortunately, they are fed badly and hardly ever receive water. If a puppy does not ingest all the fluids that he needs every day, his pee will concentrate and when he urinates it will look like this.

The explanation of this coloring is simple. Urine is a mixture of toxins and water, if he does not have enough water, everything will be expelled anyway. The problem of condensing too much without having liquid is that it will be accumulating a large number of bacteria inside, which can end up producing a urinary infection. Dehydration does not only have this problem. The consequences of a dog not having a drinker to help if he is thirsty can kill him. That the color of his pee is the warning you need to encourage him to drink more.

Why does my dog expel orange urine?

If your dog does drink normally and has no symptoms of dehydration, you have to worry. This color in urination can mean kidney and even liver problems. These issues can occur in both puppies and adults, but it is a more frequent problem in older dogs.

Stones may have been produced in their kidneys. Although now he does drink and you are sure to always be putting fresh water in his bowl, if the color of his urine is still orange it is possible that the accumulation of debris has formed mineral balls inside him. If this is what happens to him, you will know because every time you take him out to urinate it will hurt a lot.

Some dogs even end up having fear of these walks, staying at home and holding the desire to pee. Many also try to alleviate the pain by licking their genitals, as if it were a balm.

Are there home remedies for kidney stones in dogs?

On the internet, they point to a series of home remedies for kidney stones at dogs, but we recommend that you do not pay attention to any of them. If this is indeed the problem, it will bleed, it will hurt and he will not be able to pee well. If you were in his situation, would you want to go to the doctor to get a definitive solution or just to apply a patch to fix it? The best you can do is put your query to our online veterinarians.

What you can do is preventive work. The key so that your dog does not get stones and his urine is not yellow is to give him all the water he needs to drink, food, recipes and wet cans of superior quality, with vegetables, vitamins and few salts. If you add a good dose of exercise to this, you can prevent the appearance of kidney stones.

My dog urinates a dark brown color like Coke

Other problems related to this color are possible diabetes or liver problems. Severe damage to the liver changes the color of the pee, but not only this organ; it may also have been produced in the pancreas or, as we said before, in those dedicated to directly perform the function of urination.

That is, if you are a good PetLover, if you know that your dog drinks every day and everything he needs, that there are no signs of dehydration and that this orange color has suddenly appeared, he may have damaged any of his organs or that he has diabetes. The best thing you can do in this case is to urgently visit your veterinarian. As it happens when you examine his stools, his pee has to have the correct color and should not smell bad; within a logical order, of course.