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As a first-timer with no clue as to how often should puppies poop, you might want to spend some time doing research into dogs and their patterns. Hence the question, “How often should puppies poop?” If you have a dog that just birthed, you just got ownership of a cute puppy or you are thinking of adoption, you might be wondering how often dogs poop. People around you would definitely ask if you have the patience to keep up with the frequency of dogs’ poop.
Granted, certain people might find this topic uncomfortable at first but keeping tabs on the frequency and status of your puppies’ poop goes a long way in helping you understand their digestive health and quickly notice any signs and symptoms of abnormalities in the health of your puppy.
how often should puppies poop per day?
As important as this question is, there is surprisingly no definite answer as to how many times a puppy poops per day. A greater part of the internet and some researchers have postulated that the average dog poops 1-5 times per day. They also agreed that there is a lot of variation due to some factors that will affect the frequency of your dog’s poop. Your dog may defecate after every meal, other dogs with time may develop a routine and stick to it, as do happen to be habitual animals.
Now, as regards puppies, the younger the pup the higher the frequency of the pooping. On the bright side, this might be a phase that will with age as long as there is no underlying abnormal condition.
how do you know if your puppies’ poop is healthy?
By now, we should have agreed that examining and noting the frequency and nature of your puppy’s poop is important to its digestive health. Therefore, here are a few things to watch out for when checking if your dog’s poop is healthy or not;
This is a summarized list of things to watch out for, as evaluated by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM. They were classified into 4c’s
● Color: The normal coloration of a puppy’s poop is usually a chocolate-brown, tootsie roll look alike. When the poop has black, red, or grey colorations, it could be an indication of bleeding in the upper and lower digestive tracts or underlying issues with any of the internal organs. If the abnormal coloration persists for more than 2 days, do not hesitate to contact your vet.
● Content: Conversely, one of the ways to get the actual content of your puppy’s poop is by dissecting it. You can either be a very determined pet owner or you could just leave it to the vets. Things to look out for in the contents include worms, foreign materials, and fur. The presence of these materials in the poop could be as a result of an abnormal condition or just a case of a very playful pet biting down on anything it lays its teeth on.
● Consistency: Stools that do not form properly or hard stools, may be an indication of either poor absorption of water in the large intestine or dehydration respectively. The form of the poop when healthy should be a firm segmented piece, with a fecal score of 2 as its ideal score. Ideal puppy poop should be easily picked up from where it was littered. When it dissolves into the grass or surfaces, like a stool bag, it shows signs of an unhealthy stool. If that persists, please seek the attention of the veterinarian.
● Coating: Healthy puppy (dog) poop will have a coating around it that would not dissolve into its surrounding, making it easily picked up with no traces left behind.
Signs and symptoms of an unhealthy puppy poop usually clear off on their own within a time frame of 24-48 hrs. When it exceeds this timing, call your vet immediately.
what could cause changes in puppies poop?
Change in the nature or status of a puppies poop or frequency in pooping may be as a result of a number of factors in this list;
● Dietary Change
All of these factors affect your puppy’s poop output, from as little as the amount of food the puppy had, to the eating time. The dog’s age has more to do with the fast rate of puppies metabolism and the pooping frequency. Illness remains one of the obvious change factors to poop, be it dog or human alike.
The blockage could be a result of constipation.
All these factors need to be taken into consideration when measuring and checking your dog’s poop as they all affect your pup in different ways. Nothing should be overlooked as each factor has its own individual effect. It is important to carefully analyze the eating and pooping patterns of your puppy so you can come up with the best strategy possible to apply to the overall care of your pet. We should not forget that dogs have more fragile systems than humans and the fact that they can eat anything doesn’t mean that all they eat is good for them.
what to do if your puppy has constipation or diarrhea
These two conditions happen to be quite uncomfortable for humans, they are even more uncomfortable for puppies, hence, the first thing to do is to call the vet or go see one. The reason for this is because it would be easier for a vet to get to the root cause of the problem since puppies cannot speak.
In cases where the discomfort worsens before the vet’s arrival or before getting to the vet’s office, here are some quick fixes to temporarily relieve your pet:
Give the dog(puppy or adult) a lot of water, and restrict the intake of food for 12 hours. This is in no way like starvation, it is just to allow the digestive tract to settle a bit.
You can also try giving the dog vet-recommended formulated food, some yogurt, or pumpkin. These may help ease the puppy’s discomfort.
When it is a case of constipation, the approach should be a bit different. Focus on giving food rich in fiber and lubrication. Examples include fiber supplements, canned dog food, and pumpkin. This helps to increase the moisture in the digestive tract to correct bowel movement.
Give the puppy a lot of water, or any electrolyte-rich liquids as recommended by a vet doctor.
The dog should get a lot of exercises or walk time. This helps the blood circulating well and increase bowel movement.
These few steps are enough to get the digestive tract of a constipated or diarrhea having puppy in the clear, but if symptoms persist after 24 hrs, contact your vet.
signs that your puppy needs to poop
Dogs can’t talk, and like babies, it is difficult to notice when they need to go. The conventional diapers for babies wouldn’t be a safe bet, because as the puppy gets older, they need to form the habit of defecating themselves. Here are some signs to know that your puppy needs to poop:
● They want to go outside. They go by the door, they scratch, whine or bark incessantly for no known reason.
● They may circle around a spot that has been used by them or some other dog before.
● The posture and squatting stance change although these might not be noticeable unless keenly observed.
● They try to get your attention, commonly by whining or by pacing in front of you.
For a pup that is not poop trained, these could be some of the signs. With time, you’ll begin to notice and register the sequences and understand your dog better. As the puppies grow older, t also become accustomed to the habit of going to the right place to poop.
A healthy dog poops about 1-5 times per day on average. Puppies do more than that number depending on the factors already stated above.
When there is an inconsistency in the frequency or nature of your puppy’s poop, the first step should always be proper observation and documentation. If the abnormalities remain persistent, at an average of 48hours, do not be disgruntled, contact a vet doctor.