Our Let’s Talk About Poop Baby blog series continues today with this question: When should I be concerned? This question includes diarrhea, lack of poop, and pooping at off times. Let’s dive right in:
1. Diarrhea – Ahh, the dreaded diarrhea. Bad news for every person and pup involved. Let’s look at the causes:
a. Your pup ate something that wasn’t on the menu; perhaps some goose poop at the park or a tasty rotting tidbit from the garbage can. Either way, your dog’s system is rejecting that previously delicious snack. This type of diarrhea usually lasts about 1 day. Be sure to keep your pup hydrated and supplement with a bland diet. We recommend turkey with sweet potato as it’s very easy to digest and helps calm your dog’s digestive track.
b. Your pup is stressed. Perhaps things are not flowing according to the normal routine or you’ve just moved into a new place, or family turmoil. Any of these changes can affect your pup.
c. No changes you can detect, yet the diarrhea has arrived. Switch to the turkey and sweet potato diet for a day or two to calm down the digestive system.
d. I would recommend that if diarrhea persists for more than 2 days, a trip to the veterinarian is suggested. Please note that smaller dogs have a smaller window to wait. Your 25 lb. dog should see your vet after about 36 hours. Your 60 lb. dog should make a visit after about 48 hours.
2. Lack of Poop – So you’ve been on your daily walks and nothing has been happening to fill your poop bags. Try to feed your dog some pumpkin with a teaspoon of olive oil mixed in. This should help soften your dog’s stool and help him to eliminate it. Also an increase in activity can help move things along. Perhaps a longer walk or a new game can help. If your pup does not go for 2 days, pay your veterinarian a visit.
3. Pooping at off times – We recently received a message from a client that was concerned over some middle of the night requests for going out to potty. She told me that her dog had recently started to go to doggy day care and these requests only happened on those days. She had checked with the facility and no additional treats were given. I responded that the increase in activity had moved things along faster than normal and that’s why the middle of the night requests had been made. A change in feeding schedule for the day care days will help keep her pup on track. If you notice a change in potty time, think about any increase in activity (or decrease) that may be the cause.
We hope you have enjoyed the second installment of Let’s Talk about Poop Baby. Join us tomorrow when we tackle this question: What is normal? If you’d like to get your dog on the psychedelic poop program, start here.