How Many Times a Day Should a Puppy Poop?

How Many Times a Day Should a Puppy Poop?
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Dogs play a very important role in our lives, and our love and affection for our four-legged best friends start from puppyhood. Most dog owners treat puppies as their children and therefore try to provide them with all the care they need. New dog owners will overly worry and obsess about their wellbeing and this is completely normal behaviour, including worrying about how often your puppy should be pooping.

Puppy parents always wonder whether their pooch is getting enough nutrition, whether they are sleeping as much as they need, and whether they are pooping the right amount. If you are a dog parent who is worried about how often their puppy is pooping, then this article is to help you understand how many times a day a puppy should poop, and what is considered healthy. We’ll cover everything you need to know about puppies poop!

How often should a puppy be pooping?

It is very important for puppy owners to know how many times a day their puppies need to poop. Observing your pup’s poop schedule is a very easy way of seeing whether they are completely healthy or not.

A healthy puppy should be pooping between one and four times a day, and as long as the number of times they poop is consistent, then there’s nothing to worry about. If you notice an inconsistency, you should consult a vet.

The age of your puppy plays a very important role in determining how many times they will need to poop. A younger pup will have to answer nature’s call more times than an older pup or an adult dog.

A general rule regarding when it comes to how many times a puppy should poop a day is that puppies should be pooping between one and five times a day.

How much is too much pooping for a puppy?

It’s preferred if a pup poops close to 5 times a day, and therefore if they only relieve themselves once a day, then it’s worthwhile taking them to the vet for a check-up.

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If your puppy poops more than 5 times a day, it’s worthwhile keeping an eye on them to see if it is a frequent occurrence, as they could have an upset stomach, so it wouldn’t be unusual for them to poop more often than usual. If your puppy is consistently pooping more than 5 times a day consistently then it’s worthwhile taking them to the vet for a check-up, as there could be a reason for their excessive pooping and they may require treatment.

Excessive pooping is an uncomfortable experience and there could be a reason for your puppy wanting to relieve themselves so often, so it shouldn’t be something you ignore.

Is it healthy for puppies to poop a lot?

Yes, it is healthy, assuming they are within the upper limit of 5 poops a day. Puppies are small little companions and they have tiny stomachs, so they tend to pass stools more often when they’ve eaten a lot of food. This is completely normal.

Puppy in grass looking to poop
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Puppies are like babies, they struggle to control their bladders and intestines and therefore, they tend to poop when they feel like it, and in some cases, that may be inside the house or in an unpleasant place – but with the correct training over time, you can control where they poop.

Puppies are also going through a crucial growth stage within their bodies and pooping is part of that process. Their bodies will digest the food and extract the minerals to support their growth and any unwanted minerals, or excess minerals, their bodies will flush and poop! So it’s a very normal process that all puppies will go through at the beginning of their lives.

What makes a puppy poop so much?

A long list of factors can easily affect your pup’s pooping schedule and cause them to poop more or less than normal amounts.

Below are some factors that affect your pup’s poop schedule.

Meal size

The primary factor that determines how many times your puppy is going to poop is in their meal plan. More precisely, the amount of food you are giving to them.

Naturally, a puppy that eats 3 full meals a day is going to poop much more than a mal-nourished puppy. This doesn’t mean that you should start overfeeding your puppy if they aren’t pooping as much as five times a day, as this can cause them to become overweight and obese in a short space of time, but a puppy not pooping much could be an indication that you aren’t feeding them correctly.

Obesity can be the cause of many dangerous diseases and medical complications in dogs, so you should slowly up their meal intake if you suspect they aren’t being fed enough.

The fibre content of food

Another factor that affects the pooping schedule of your puppy is the amount of fibres present in their meals. Fibres are excellent when it comes to helping our pup’s indigestion, and therefore a fibre-rich food will result in your puppy relieving himself around 5 times a day. Fibres also help protect our pups from constipation and other gastrointestinal diseases.

However, feeding your puppy an excessive amount of fibre-rich food will lead to diarrhoea and an increased frequency in the number of times they stool. Digesting too much fibre rich food will prevent your puppy from absorbing all of the minerals in their food, and as a result, their bodies will try to eliminate the excess, resulting in the urgency to poop.

Unhealthy foods

Our bodies naturally want to get rid of any unhealthy habitats and this is the case for dogs too, if your puppy is eating a lot of unhealthy foods, their small bodies may have the urge to flush more frequently. This will result in your puppy pooping more than usual.

This could be junk food, such as;

  • Kitchen scraps and leftovers from humans;
  • Unhealthy foods full of carbohydrates;
  • Foods that are toxic or cause harm to their bodies;
  • Foods that are high in minerals and exceed a dog’s daily allowance.

You shouldn’t assume all foods are healthy for dogs, and before your puppy has anything new or leftovers from your plate, you should do some research first before doing so. Foods that are highly toxic to dogs include chocolate, avocados, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and tomatoes, so these should be avoided at all costs and will cause vomiting and diarrhoea if eaten in small amounts.

You should always consult your vet if you think your dog has eaten toxic foods, as your dog’s life could be in danger, especially if they are a newborn puppy.

A change in your puppies diet

A sudden change in your puppies diet will trigger a negative response and they will poop more often than usual. The same happens with us humans, if we suddenly consume more food than usual, or different types of foods that our bodies aren’t used to consuming, our tummies will become more sensitive and we’ll pass stools more frequently.

Where possible, you should stick to giving your puppy the same foods for long periods, and if you do decide to change their food, do it gradually over time so their bodies can adjust. The worst approach you can take is to swap their foods out completely overnight!

The same goes for treats, try and keep it consistent as possible.

Medical conditions

If you have any concerns regarding how often your puppy is pooping, you should consult with a vet and they will be able to check for any underlying medical conditions. It’s very uncommon for a puppy to have a medical condition, but there are several conditions that could cause your puppy to poop more often, such as;

  • Worms;
  • Parasites;
  • Intolerance to certain foods;
  • Infections, including bacterial infections;
  • Stress;
  • Depression;
  • Dietary indiscretion;
  • Allergies;
  • Poisonous substances or plants;
  • Swallowing an indigestible foreign body;
  • Antibiotics and other medications.

If you suspect a medical condition, you shouldn’t try and diagnose your puppy yourself, you should always consult with a professional.

How to know when your puppy needs to poop? 

Although there is no set rule for this, generally speaking, a puppy usually needs to relieve themselves 30 mins after having a meal. Therefore, we advise dog owners to be vigilant and be ready to take their pup to the pooping tray shortly after their mealtime.

My puppy has suddenly started to poop more often, should I be worried?

As long as there has been to change then there’s no need to worry, however, if you have noticed an increase in the number of times your puppy is pooping per day, you should speak to a vet. Generally speaking. Most puppies will poop between once and five times per day, but if they are pooping in excess of five times, or not at all, it’s worth getting your puppy checked.

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