How Often Do Puppies Poop?

It’s no secret that puppies poop. A lot. If you’re in the market for a pet or just got a puppy of your own, you should be prepared for it to poop more than you’re used to with an older dog. 

Every dog is different, so some puppies may have more regular movements than other puppies. However, in general, you should expect more poop than usual.  

How often do puppies poop? Why do they poop so much? How can you make sure your dog’s gut and digestive systems are healthy? 

Here’s what you need to know about all thing puppy-poop. 

How Often Should Your Dog Poop?

When it comes to regularity, every dog is different. Some dogs may have a routine of just once a day, while others may go as often as three times a day. 

As long as your dog’s poop is solid in consistency and you don’t notice any signs of discomfort or pain, their bowel movements are likely normal, even if the number of times they poop feels low or they only go once a day. 

However, when looking at adult dogs and puppies, there’s an obvious difference in how often they should poop, just like there's a difference with other puppy needs. Let’s take a look at how often adult dogs should poop and how often a puppy should poop. 

How Often Should Adult Dogs Poop?

Adult dogs have fully developed digestive systems and stomachs. It’s normal for your adult dog to poop anywhere from one to three times a day. 

How often your adult dog poops depends on a variety of factors. For instance, their age, weight, level of exercise, and what kind of food they eat can all influence how often they go. 

As long as your dog’s bowel movements are regular and solid in consistency, and don’t contain any blood, you usually have anything to worry about!

How Often Should Puppies Poop?

It’s normal for healthy puppies to need a bathroom break as often as five times a day. Your puppy will eat more often than your adult dog, so they tend to have more frequent bowel movements as well. 

When you adopt or take in a new puppy, their digestive system is still developing. This is also why you feed your puppy differently from your adult dog. A puppy’s tummy is still getting used to solid food, and their system can’t handle a lot. 

Your puppy may take that #2 potty break as often as five times a day. However, it’s normal if they poop less frequently — as with adults, factors like how much they eat, what they eat, and how active they are can affect their bathroom habits.

As long as your pup’s movements are solid, fairly regular, and you don’t notice any severe pain, discomfort, or blood during bowel movements, your pup’s poop habits are likely normal. 

When Should Your Puppy Poop?

Each puppy has their own schedule, so if your pup has a different routine than another dog you have, don’t panic. 

However, as a general rule, your puppy will poop within just a few hours after eating. Puppies of different breeds may take longer or less time to digest food, depending on their metabolism, but it shouldn’t take more than four or five hours for the food to pass through those tiny GI tracts.

Your dog will likely build a regular digestive routine during potty training. In other words, if your dog poops first thing in the morning, they will likely continue this schedule through adulthood. If your dog tends to poop after breakfast and dinner, they’ll probably continue this routine as well. 

Occasional changes in your pup’s poop schedule aren’t a cause for concern unless you notice other concerning behavior or symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, lethargy, or discomfort. 

How Can You Tell If Your Dog Isn’t Pooping Enough?

Adult dogs and puppies can poop a lot. However, some dogs only poop once a day. How can you tell if your dog isn’t pooping enough? 

If your dog poops once a day, this may be normal for them. As long as you don’t notice any sudden changes in bowel movements, behavior, pain or discomfort during bowel movements, or bloody stool, their stool is likely normal. 

That said, it may be cause for concern if they go a whole day without going. 

Constipation is the infrequent or difficult passing of feces. If your dog usually poops once or twice a day but skips a day, this usually isn’t cause for concern. 

However, if you’re more than halfway through day two and your pup hasn’t passed stool, they may be constipated. Your pup may also be constipated if their stool is hard, dry, pebble-like, or in very small amounts. You may also notice excessive straining with no result, bloody stool, or small lumps. 

With any of the above, call your veterinarian. 

What causes constipation and infrequent pooping? Many factors can influence this, actually. One of the most influential causes of constipation is dehydration. If your pup isn’t getting enough water in their diet, their stool may be dry and hard. In turn, this makes it difficult for your furry BFF to pass stool at all. 

Other factors like age, activity and exercise level, diet and fiber intake, anal gland issues, electrolyte imbalance, stress or psychological concerns, or even surgery and medication could lead to constipation. 

Again, if you notice your dog is constipated, call your vet. 

In worse cases, your dog may not be going because they have a bowel obstruction, which is an emergency situation that needs immediate attention. 

What If My Is Pooping Too Often?

Many dog parents might wonder if their dog is pooping too often. Even if your dog is pooping more often than usual, you don’t have any cause for concern as long as their poop is solid and doesn’t contain any blood. 

However, there is cause for concern if you’re noticing diarrhea. Diarrhea is runny stool. This can be a softer, unformed stool or a water-like consistency. 

If your dog has diarrhea, keep a close eye on them. Make sure they get lots of water as diarrhea can lead to dehydration. 

If your pup has a dog food allergy or sensitivity to a certain food, they may experience diarrhea or vomiting after eating it. 

A sudden change in diet can also lead to diarrhea. If you switch food formulas for a sensitive pup, if your furry friend gets into something they’re not supposed to eat, or they eat rotten or spoiled food, this may also make their tummy upset. 

There are some cases where diarrhea can be dangerous. Call a trusted veterinarian if your pup has runny poo for more than a few days. Try and note color, consistency, frequency, changes in behavior, and other symptoms like vomiting or distress. 

Your vet may be able to help you over the phone. And, if your dog still suffers from diarrhea after a few days, you can always take them in for a check-up. 

Sometimes, diarrhea is a sign of bacterial infections, illnesses, diseases, toxicity, parasites or worms, and more, so it can be a good idea to check with your veterinarian what your next step should be. Your vet may recommend a temporary diet of bland foods like chicken and rice to treat the symptoms of an upset stomach, and other times they’ll ask you to try and bring in a sample for testing, if possible. 

Tips To Support Regularity

Puppies poop a lot and learning their schedule and how to support regularity can be overwhelming for first-time dog parents. 

One of the best ways to support your pup’s regularity is to support a healthy diet and exercise! Giving your pup a range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is the best way to support metabolism, digestion, and regularity in your dog’s poop schedule. 

At Sundays, we know how important it is to get the most nutrition in every bite. That’s why we make our dog food with all-natural ingredients like pumpkin, blueberries, and USDA beef, up to human-grade standards, with minimal processing and gentle air-drying techniques.

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