How many times a day should my dog be pooping? It seems like he goes a lot and I wanted to see what the “norm” is.
Seeking the Scoop on Poop in Garden Oaks
Dear Makin’ a list,
Just like humans, there’s no “norm” as far as your dog’s potty habits. However, there are a variety of factors to consider when scrutinizing your pup’s poop schedule. Experts do agree though that between 1 and 5 times a day should be considered normal for most healthy dogs.
A few factors to take into consideration: This includes how much they have eaten in the last 24 hours, fiber content of the diet, individual variation and the age of the dog (puppies tend to defecate more frequently than adult dogs). Chances are that if your dog is maintaining a good weight, the feces are of normal consistency (ie. not loose or hard) and your dog isn’t having trouble defecating or straining to defecate, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
If your dog is defecating very frequently, especially if these motions are loose or contain spots of fresh blood or mucus, there may be a medical problem such as colitis or inflammatory bowel disease. Ensure your dog is wormed regularly as well.
If your dog isn’t defecating daily then it could be due to constipation, although other signs would be expected such as straining to defecate or the passing of dry, solid feces. If your dog hasn’t eaten much then this could be another reason and it should be determined why your dog is off of his food. Try not to be concerned if your dog doesn’t pass feces just on one occasion, as it may just be a daily variation. Watch for the passing of normal feces over the next 24 hours.
Certain medications can also cause abnormalities in your pup’s pooping habits, ranging from constipation to diarrhea. Your vet can offer you guidance if your dog is taking medications. Also, feeding a good quality diet will encourage your dog’s system to become regular and work efficiently. Once you have your dog on a good, healthy feeding schedule, you’ll get to know his routine and will come to understand what’s “normal” for him.
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