Cute and adorable, no one can resist puppies. However, it’s a different story when you have to deal with their poop. They poop, not just once, twice, or thrice, but several times a day. It’s crazy! This makes new puppy parents ask – how often do puppies poop? When is a puppy’s poop normal and how can you tell if it’s too much or too little?
Indeed, puppies poop a lot. But don’t worry, it’s a normal phase in a dog’s life. And like any phase, this will also come to an end. The number of times dogs poop per day will lessen as your puppy turns into an adult dog.
Now, if you're a dog owner who wants to know all the whats and whatnots about your dog’s poop, read on. Here, you’ll find exactly what you want to know plus a whole lot more. This includes the factors that affect the number of times your puppy poops, when to contact a vet, not to mention tips on how to potty train your pup.
How Often Do Puppies Poop?
As mentioned, puppies relieve themselves several times a day. This can vary, of course, for each puppy but the average is 4 to 5 times a day. Some puppies may even poop 5 to 6 times or more a day.
Yes, that’s a lot of poop in a day but don’t worry. As your puppy matures, your pup will poop less frequently. Pups two weeks to eight-weeks old tend to eliminate every after feeding. Once your puppy turns 6 months, the pooping may reduce to three times a day.
Adult dogs (or dogs that are at least a year old), on the one hand, often poop once a day. This can go up to 3 times depending on several factors.
Why Do Puppies Poop A Lot?
Ever wondered where all the poop is coming from and why your pet puppy poops right after eating?
Well, for starters, your puppy’s intestinal tract is not yet fully developed. A puppy’s tummy still can’t digest food thoroughly. And given their size and their high metabolism, the food your pup eats goes through its digestive tract faster compared to older dogs.
Factors Affecting Your Puppy’s Pooping Frequency
Although the average number of times a puppy poops in a day is 4 to 5, this can vary depending on various factors. This includes the following:
Frequency Of Feedings
According to AKC, growing doggos that are 6-12 weeks old will require four small meals a day to meet their nutritional demands. This, however, decreases as your dog gets older.
Given the number of times you feed your pet puppy, it’s expected for most puppies to poop more than adult dogs. Of course, you’ll need to factor in the amount or volume of food your pup is eating. If you give your dog more food than usual, your pup will poop more as well.
Type Of Diet
A puppy’s poop frequency can also increase or decrease depending on the type of diet or food you’re giving them.
If your dog is given high-fiber foods or food that contains a lot of grains, wheat, or cornmeal (ingredients often found in low-end dog foods) then your dog’s bowel movements will most likely increase.
To keep pooping at a normal pace, it’s recommended to give your puppy high-quality dog food that is specially formulated for their age. This will give your puppy the right amount of nutrients they require to grow and develop.
Your Puppy’s Health Condition
Like human babies, the risk of puppies experiencing health issues at an early age is high. And since puppies love to bite and chew on anything they get their paws on, they can easily ingest substances that can result in various health issues like an upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, and intestinal worms.
Health issues like diarrhea and constipation will most likely affect your pups’ pooping routine. It can also change the consistency and frequency of your puppy’s stool.
When Do Puppies Poop?
Yes, a pup poops a lot and most dogs do this dirty deed shortly (around 30 minutes on average) after a meal. As always, this can vary for each dog. For some, this can take longer while others may take less.
How To Know If Your Puppies Need To Poop
Don’t want to be caught off guard when the time comes that your puppy needs to poop? Good thing, there are a couple of tell-tale signs that you can watch out for. These signs will tell you if your puppy is done digesting and is ready to go. Here they are:
- Whining or howling
- Pacing or restlessness
Note that if your pup starts circling, that’s a sure sign that your pet puppy has found the perfect pooping location. Once your pup squats, you can expect to find dog poop in a matter of minutes (or even seconds).
How To Tell If Your Puppy’s Poop Is Normal
Part of the responsibility of being a fur parent is checking out how your puppy’s stool looks and how often your dog poops. After all, your dog’s stool tells a lot about your dog’s overall health.
Unfortunately, finding out if your puppy’s poop and pooping schedule is normal can be a bit tricky since a stool’s appearance can vary a lot. As a rule of thumb, though, a normal, healthy puppy poop would look compact (but not too hard) and well-formed, log-shaped, and chocolate brown in color.
Now if the puppy poop you’re looking at doesn’t fit the description below, you’d find the information below extra handy.
Although a normal, healthy puppy poop’s color ranges from medium to dark brown, there are times wherein a dog’s stool comes in other colors.
If it’s brown with bits of green, then your pet probably ate grass while outdoors. Tinges of white specks on brown poop might indicate that your dog has worms. Although almost all puppies are born with parasites, you’d still want to visit a veterinarian to have them checked and dewormed.
Besides that, your dog’s stool may also appear gray, black, yellow, and even red. It can also contain mucus or blood. If this happens, something’s off. It’s best to seek the expert advice of your veterinarian. This is especially true if your puppy pooped red stool. Red stool equates to blood and can be a sign of internal bleeding.
As mentioned, a normal poop should be well-formed and should look a lot like a log or a tootsie roll.
A puppy suffering from diarrhea will have watery, loose stool. Its bowel movements are also more frequent than usual. On the one hand, the stool of a constipated puppy might appear normal.
The best way to find out if your puppy is constipated is by keeping an eye on how it poops. If your dog is having a hard time defecating and it tends to poop small pieces, your puppy is most likely constipated.
Size Or Amount
As a rule of thumb, large dog breeds are expected to have large poops while small dogs will have small stools.
The only time wherein you can compare the size or amount of poop is If you live in a house with multiple pets of the same breed. However, there’s no need to panic if you notice any significant difference in size or amount since this might be linked to your dog’s diet. To be sure, you can always check with your vet.
Although puppy poop is expected to stink, some poop just smells extremely repulsive, while others can have a very sweet smell. If the poop's odor changed drastically, you might want to visit your vet. Dramatic changes in your doggo’s stool smell can indicate an underlying disease.
My Puppy's Pooping Is Irregular: What To Do?
If your puppy’s pooping seems irregular (think diarrhea or constipation), there are a couple of things you can do to help.
- Changing your dog’s diet temporarily to a bland diet or something with more fiber may help normalize your dog’s bowel movement. This usually contains rice, cottage cheese, sweet potato, or canned pumpkin.
- Feeding your dog food that contains probiotics and prebiotics could also help promote healthy digestion.
- Make sure to keep your dog hydrated by providing fresh, clean water.
Now, if the dietary tweak didn’t help and the pooping of your puppy does not improve after 24-48 hours, contact your vet right away. Stool softener and other kinds of medication should only be given upon the advice of your vet.
FYI: Vets would often ask you to bring a fresh sample of stool to come up with an accurate diagnosis.
Tips On House Training Your Pup
House training a puppy is something every new puppy parent has on their to-do list. This takes time, but it’s always good to train your puppy early. Here are some of the things you can do when training your pup.
Set A Schedule & Develop A Routine
The secret to potty training your pet puppy is knowing when your puppy needs to take a break. To do this, it’s a great idea to stick to a schedule or a routine.
Since dogs often poop after eating, you’d want to feed your puppy at the same time each day. This way, you know what time your dogs need to poop. Besides that, you’d want to bring your dog to the same spot each time. This way, your puppy will know that this is the correct place to do the deed.
Reward Your Dog
Your dog will only know if they’ve done a good job if you reward them. So, next time your pet poops in the right spot, give them a treat. As much as possible, avoid swatting or scolding your pet if they make a big boo-boo.
You need to get used to the poop. Dealing with poop is just part of being a fur parent.
At the end of the day, it’s good practice to take a close look at your pet’s poop now and then. After all, poop reveals a lot about your dog’s health.
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