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Why Does My Puppy Poop So Much? 5 Vet-Reviewed Reasons

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Dogster Team


Why Does My Puppy Poop So Much? 5 Vet-Reviewed Reasons


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Dr. Chyrle Bonk

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When we get a puppy, one of the inevitable guarantees of ownership is that you will have to potty train them. After all, nobody wants to clean up nasty pee pads from your floor all the time. Thankfully, our dogs are certainly smart enough to learn how to potty outside.

However, if you have a puppy that seems to poop far beyond the average dog, you might wonder what the heck is going on. In this situation, there could be plenty of factors that contribute to the reason your puppy poops so much.

In this article, we aim to discuss what you should expect from your puppy, reasons for excessive pooping, and potential solutions. We hope this helps!

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How Many Times a Day Should Puppies Poop?

Puppies have a developing digestive tract that leads to more frequent pooping. That frequency slows down as a dog ages and their digestive tract matures. Rather than look at the number of times to see if your puppy is normal, look for any changes. If your puppy suddenly starts to poop more or less often, it could indicate that something is off.

Now, in order to know if your puppy is actually pooping too much, it’s important to understand how often puppies should poop. The average amount a puppy poops depends on a few factors. But in general, dogs that are between 10 to 14 weeks of age poop roughly four times a day. By 6 months, they can be down to three times per day.

Typically, by adulthood, they’ve settled into their normal routines and you know exactly when they will be going. Typically this is 1-2 times per day. Just keep in mind that these are generalizations and it may be completely normal for a puppy to poop 5-6 times a day as well.

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The 5 Reasons Why Your Puppy Is Pooping So Much

If you know that your dog is definitely pooping more than average, or you’ve seen an uptick in their frequency, it’s certainly best to get to the underlying cause. There could be a number of reasons, everything from sensitivities to illnesses. So, like many other things, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation.

If you think there is a bigger problem, it is imperative to get your dog to the vet so you can begin the process of resolving it. Your vet will work diligently with you to find the underlying reason and correct it or advise that it’s normal if they believe that it is.

1. Diet Changes

If you’ve recently changed your puppy’s diet, it can cause them to go to the bathroom more frequently. Their gastrointestinal system is adjusting to the changes in formula, which can cause an influx in bathroom use and even diarrhea.

Anytime you are switching your puppy from one formula to another, it is important to do so gradually. If you make the change too suddenly, it can wreak havoc on their system and certainly do no favors for your carpet.

Even if you are introducing new food gradually, sensitive dogs might still have a slight change of pooping habits due to something unfamiliar being put into their system. So, give it a few weeks to see if things level out. If you are still noticing an increase in the frequency of poop, call your vet.

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2. Bacterial Infections

If your pup is having frequent, loose stool accompanied by a few other signs, it is possible that it could be related to a bacterial infection. Anything that upsets your dog’s intestine could result in diarrhea or increased stool. It can also change in color and consistency, which can tell you a lot about the underlying cause.

If your puppy has a bacterial infection, treatment is often required. These types of infections generally don’t go away on their own but are very responsive to antibiotics. If you think that it’s possible your dog has a bacterial infection, you can get them to your vet for further testing.

Generally, your vet will take a full sample from your dog to test for potential issues. In some cases, they might also require blood or urine samples.

3. Parasites

Parasites are quite common in puppies, so early treatment is essential. Your puppy will need to be treated a few times, depending on their overall breed and weight. If you haven’t been keeping up with routine parasite treatments, the increase in pooping could be related to this.

Ask your veterinarian about the best dewormer for your puppy and how often it should be given.

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4. Viral Infections

Many viral infections can impact the overall health of a puppy. Some of them can affect the digestive tract and be incredibly dangerous. If your puppy had a viral infection, the signs could be more than just an increase in poop and can include vomiting, fever, not eating, and lethargy.

If you are noticing any of these signs in your puppy, especially not eating or drinking, talk to your veterinarian. Getting your puppy vaccinated is the best prevention for these infections.

5. Food Sensitivities

Sometimes a puppy’s diet just doesn’t agree with them. Whether it’s a sensitivity to an ingredient or just an overall richness that is too much for their delicate digestion, it can lead to increased pooping. Most of the time puppies will still feel good though they may have softer or loose feces.

Changing diets may help, just talk to your veterinarian about potential diets that could be beneficial.

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Every puppy will go to the bathroom on their own schedule. Some of them might go to the bathroom more often, while others need to go outside less. If you notice an increase in your puppy’s pooping frequency, it could be due to diet changes, parasites, or an illness. Talk to your vet any time you’re concerned.

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