Our Let’s Talk About Poop Baby blog series concludes today with this question: What is normal? This question includes frequency, consistency, and contents. Let’s discuss:
1. Frequency – Most dogs poop the same number of times that they are fed. So for most dogs, that’s twice. Most people will notice that their pups will stick to a pretty close schedule provided feeding time is kept. If you notice that your pup is either going more frequently or not as often, pay closer attention and keep track of how long this is happening. For smaller dogs, I would recommend contacting your veterinarian after 36 hours and larger dogs, after 48 hours.
2. Consistency – Your dog’s poop should be solid and easy to pick up. If you feed a high quality diet, your pup’s poop will be much smaller as more nutrition is being absorbed into his body and converted to fuel. If you feed a diet that contains grains or lower quality ingredients, your dog’s body will not turn those ingredients into fuel but rather expel them. If you’ve got a 60 lb. dog, this can make a big difference. If you’re pup’s poop becomes loose, keep an eye on it and follow the recommendation above.
3. Contents – Your dog will eliminate what his body hasn’t used. For the most part, this will be a solid brown color (we discussed color variation in Part 1). If your pup gets into something, you will notice it in his poop. At our house, there are often pieces of paper. I’d like to share a story. So, my almost 5 year old collie Dekes really likes to eat paper – any kind and as much as he can get his paws on. I realized this early on when he had a fondness for toilet paper rolls. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t gone potty myself alone for as long as I’ve owned dogs. When Dekes was a pup, he always offered behaviors. We worked on agility and obedience so he learned this was a good thing and he never really turned it off when we weren’t officially working, like when I was going potty. Anyway, he would use his long collie nose to hit our free standing toilet paper holder, knocking it over many, many times. I figured I could use this behavior as some sort of trick, but it took me a while to figure out. Then it hit me – he jerked his nose up while knocking over the stand and “What’s Up?” was born. This motion reminded me of young kids saying whassup whassup and nodding their heads. Yeah, so my collie does that now too. You know, you can always multitask! We’ve added several more tricks to his “bathroom routine” over the years. Needless to say, he really earns that toilet paper roll!
We hope you have enjoyed this blog series. Join us on future series. If you’d like to get your dog on the psychedelic poop program, start here.