Why Does My Dog Poop So Much? Here's What You Need to Know

Why Does My Dog Poop So Much? Here's What You Need to Know

Did you know that dogs can poop up to 10 times a day? That might sound like a lot, but it's actually not uncommon. It's just about the norm for many dogs. And while it's perfectly normal to have to take your dog out for walks more than once a day, it is important to understand why they're pooping so much and what it means for their health.

Some of the most common reasons why dogs might need to poop so much often are due to diet, intestinal parasites, or infections. If you want to know more about what could be causing your dog’s frequent potty breaks, read on!

Section 1: What is normal for your dog to poop? Section 2: What could be causing your dog to poop so much? Section 3: Does it mean anything for my dog's health? Section 4: What can I do about this problem? Section 5: Conclusion

What is normal for your dog to poop?


While it might seem excessive, depending on the breed, some dogs do poop more than one to two times a day, per a study conducted by American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Here's what they found:


Smaller breeds are the norm with three to four poops a day. Large breeds are less likely to poo this much, but they still might. Dogs with longer torsos, like Dalmatians and Chihuahuas, are more likely to poop more than two times a day, or more than six poops a day.


Can't figure out why your dog poops so much? Sometimes it might be due to a gastrointestinal disorder or a urinary tract infection. Remember to get your pet checked out by your veterinarian.


If you have any questions about a sudden increase in poop that just doesn’t seem right, give your vet a call.


What could be causing your dog to poop so much?


1. Dogs need to eat to survive and eating a healthy diet is extremely important. But your dog's diet can be causing some nasty digestive upsets or worse, food allergies. Fortunately, making small changes to your dog's diet is fairly easy.


2. Age Dogs (and cats) can sometimes go through a growth spurt around 2 years of age. When your dog is entering this growth spurt, their stool may become looser and their poop could become so large and dark. This can be especially distressing for your dog, so it's important to notice it sooner rather than later.


3. Your dog's lifestyle Cats don't usually require as much exercise as dogs. However, because they typically live alone, cats need to go outside often to get a bit of fresh air.


Does it mean anything for my dog's health?


While it's normal for most dogs to poop more than once a day, certain factors can make it a little more serious, and that's when you should take your dog to a vet.


Diet If your dog's eating a lot of "junk food," including treats or cheap kibbles, then it can make it difficult for them to go to the bathroom. Eating too many treats can also cause diarrhea and upset your dog’s stomach.


Infections If you've noticed your dog is sniffing or scratching their butt a lot, then they could have an intestinal parasite, such as tapeworm, roundworm, hookworms, and whipworms.


The most common cause is eating feces from other dogs or walking in areas where dogs are more likely to relieve themselves. Parasites are most common in dogs who don't get enough fiber, but it can be an issue for all dogs.


What can I do about this problem?


Sometimes, the best thing you can do to fix your dog's potty problems is a simple solution you can do at home, but if you don't have time to take your dog on a long walk, you might be looking for something else.


For instance, if your dog often poops frequently, you may be looking for something to try to ease your dog's discomfort.


If you're looking for something more challenging to try, you might want to see a doctor, because some dogs might require medicine or special food adjustments.


Conclusion


Even if your dog isn't eating a lot of specific foods, if their digestive system isn't functioning properly, they could be overeating. The problem could be different with your dog or another dog.


The answer is actually pretty simple: Making sure your dog eats the right kinds of foods. A veterinarian can help you work out what a healthy food should be for your dog, and what may need to be done to make sure they get the nutrients they need.