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Why Does My Dog Poop So Much? What Dog Owners Need To Know

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

Why Does My Dog Poop So Much

Dog owners often ask, “why does my dog poop so much?” and if it’s normal or if there’s an underlying issue. Responsible pawrents unfortunately have to get a little too well acquainted with their dog’s poop on a daily notice, and if their dogs start pooping more than usual, we notice. After all, we are the ones that have to pick it up! 

Excessive pooping can be a sign of a health problem, so it’s essential to understand what can cause it and when it’s time to see a vet. However, many cases of dogs pooping too much can be resolved with proper supplements like probiotics and healthy diet changes. 

You may be worried if you’ve noticed that your dog is pooping more than usual. So we’ve consulted experts like Mike Deathe in the Dog Owner’s Book of Poop and Pee to help with dogs pooping all over.

Key Takeaways

  • Excessive pooping in dogs can be a sign of a health problem.
  • Possible causes include a change in diet, gastrointestinal issues, medication side effects, and more severe conditions.
  • If you’re concerned, it’s important to consult with your vet and take steps to prevent excessive pooping.

9 Possible Causes of Excessive Pooping in Dogs 

9 Possible Causes of Excessive Pooping in Dogs 

If you’ve noticed your dog pooping more than usual, you might wonder what could be causing this. A dog’s gut makes up about 70% of their immunity, making checking their poop condition paramount to determining their health. 

Note that even the color of your dog’s poop can indicate potential health problems. For example, green poop could indicate an inflamed colon or liver problem, while white specks in the stool could indicate tapeworms.

Healthy dog poop should be firm, moist, and easy to pick up. It may indicate an underlying health issue if your dog’s poop is consistently loose, watery, or too frequent.

Here are nine possible causes of excessive pooping in dogs:

1. A Low-Quality Dog Food They Can’t Fully Digest 

Sometimes, dogs poop large stool quantities frequently because they can’t digest their current diet properly. Dogs may have a harder time digesting and absorbing nutrients from low-quality food than those with better quality. This is sometimes the case with dog food that has a high amount of corn in it.

Other signs like yellow poop also indicate incomplete digestion, mostly due to diet. However, this poop color can also indicate maldigestion due to pancreatic insufficiency, which we get into in the linked article. 

Incomplete digestion can lead to more frequent bowel movements. Additionally, if your dog’s diet is high in fiber, this can also lead to more frequent pooping.

2. Sudden Changes in Diet

If you’ve recently changed your dog’s diet, this could cause excessive pooping. Your dog’s digestive system may be working overtime to process all the new ingredients. Gradually introducing new foods is important to avoid upsetting your dog’s digestive system.

Additionally, avoid foods that are potentially toxic to dogs, like grapes, chocolate, onions, and garlic. Even high-fat and calcium-dense diets pose a risk to your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) health and functioning. These can cause oddities like white stool and even kidney stones in the long run. Remember, nutrients are impossible, but everything can be given in excess.

3. Age

If you have a senior dog, they may be more prone to pooping a lot or even being incontinent. Ensure your senior dog is on a senior-specific diet appropriate for their age and activity level. Senior dogs may also benefit from supplements that support digestive health. Incontinent dogs may need diapers or other medical intervention.

4. Parasites and Bacteria

Intestinal parasites and bacteria can cause diarrhea and frequent bowel movements. If you notice mucus or blood or in your dog’s stool, it’s important to take them to the veterinarian to rule out any serious medical issues.

5. Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can also cause changes in your dog’s bowel movements. If your dog is experiencing stress from unfamiliar surroundings or changes in routine, this could be a possible cause of excessive pooping. It’s well known that anxiety can affect bowel movements, often leading to either constipation or diarrhea. It also causes various tummy upsets in humans and dogs.

Research has shown that stress causes oxidative damage, resulting in cell, tissue, and organ damage. This explains why stress colitis and other stress-related digestive issues exist in canines. Stress is a common reason why your dog may be pooping a lot, and the poop is soft.

6. They Ate Too Much Food

Giving excessive amounts of food to a dog can overwhelm their digestive system, leading to more frequent bowel movements. It’s best to watch your dog’s food portions because overfeeding not only has short-term effects but long-term consequences like obesity. 

Additionally, feeding your dog too much food increases their risk of Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV), particularly if they’re a large breed with a deep chest. 

7. Certain Medications and Supplements 

Certain medications or supplements can affect the digestive system, causing increased bowel movements as a side effect. Laxatives are an example and are commonly used to relax the digestive system to promote pooping for constipating dogs.

8. Intestinal Issues

Dogs with digestive conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pancreatitis, or malabsorption issues may experience excessive bowel movements.

These conditions can worsen if you don’t seek medical attention soon enough. Your vet can diagnose which condition your dog suffers from exactly, particularly for those issues that recur like IBD.

Another common one is colitis. Young dogs are prone to colitis and while they don’t poo a lot, they do poo often. 

9. Bacterial and Viral Infections 

Infections such as gastroenteritis or other gastrointestinal illnesses can lead to frequent bowel movements as the body returns to normal.

Stools from infections are typically runny and accompanied by other signs like vomiting and inappetence. This type of excessive pooping will only resolve once the vet addresses the root cause and prescribes medication. 

10. Malabsorption Syndrome in dogs and excess pooping

In simple terms, malabsorption syndrome means that a dog’s body isn’t absorbing nutrients from food properly. Instead of digesting the food and getting all the necessary nutrients, it passes through their system quickly, resulting in frequent pooping. If your dog is pooping a large amount every three to four hours, chances are their food isn’t being digested well.

There can be different causes of malabsorption syndrome in dogs. Sometimes it’s due to problems with their digestive system, like issues with the pancreas or small intestine. Other times, it can be linked to food allergies or sensitivities, infections, parasites, or even certain medications.

One way to identify malabsorption syndrome is through the poop. If you notice that your dog’s poop is gray or white in color and has a rancid smell, it could be a sign of malabsorption. This happens because the undigested fats in their food give the poop an unusual appearance and smell.

Apart from the frequent and unusual pooping, other symptoms of malabsorption syndrome in dogs can include weight loss, poor coat condition, lethargy, and sometimes even vomiting or diarrhea.

How Many Times a Day Should a Dog Poop?

The frequency of dog pooping varies depending on their age, size, and diet. Generally, adult dogs should poop at least once a day, with most pooping twice or thrice. Puppies may poop several times a day because their tiny intestines are still developing. 

Others are what you can call opportunistic poopers because they poop as many times as you take them outside. However, observing other characteristics, like whether your dog is constipating or has diarrhea, is arguably a better determinant of poop health.

It’s best to remember that when and how many times you take your dog outside determines how many times they poop in a day. Therefore, avoid skipping regular walks to avoid messing up your dog’s pooping schedule. 

However, some dogs may poop more or less frequently than others, so monitoring their pooping habits to detect any changes is essential.

Is It Normal For a Dog to Poop 6 Times a Day?

Pooping six times a day is too much for most dogs because the average number of poop times is two to three. A dog pooping this many times a day may have food intolerances and stomach sensitivity or other more severe issues like intestinal disorders.

When Should I Be Concerned About My Dog Pooping Too Much?

If your dog is pooping more than usual, it might signify an underlying medical issue. While occasional changes in bowel movements are normal, if your dog is pooping more frequently than usual or appears to be straining or having difficulty defecating, it’s time to see a veterinarian.

If your dog shows signs of internal bleeding, such as vomiting blood, passing dark or tarry stools, or showing signs of weakness or lethargy, seek urgent medical attention. These symptoms could indicate a severe medical problem that requires immediate treatment.

If your dog is experiencing depression or other behavioral changes, it’s essential to consider the potential underlying medical causes. In some cases, changes in bowel movements can be a sign of a more serious medical condition that requires prompt treatment.

How To Help Dogs With Excessive Pooping

If you’re concerned about your dog pooping too much, there are several things you can do to help prevent this issue. Here are some tips:

See The Vet

If you’re concerned about your dog’s pooping habits, consulting with your vet is always a good idea. They can perform a physical exam and run tests to determine if there’s an underlying health issue.

 In the meantime, there are steps you can take to help prevent excessive pooping, such as feeding your dog a high-quality diet and avoiding table scraps.

Dietary Changes

Dietary changes are one of the most effective ways to prevent excessive pooping. Ensure your dog is eating high-quality dog food appropriate for their age, breed, and activity level. If you’re unsure what type of food is best for your dog, consult your veterinarian.

What Can I Give My Dog To Stop Pooping So Much?

Consider feeding your excessively pooping pup a high-quality, easily digestible dog food free from fillers and additives. Additionally, adding probiotics to their diet may help promote healthy digestion. However, it is best to consult your veterinarian before making dietary changes.

You can also try to adjust the fiber in your dog’s diet. Fiber can help regulate your dog’s digestive system and prevent diarrhea. Some good sources of fiber for dogs include psyllium husk, sweet potato, and certain veggies. However, too much fiber can also cause a dog to poop too much, so you may need to reduce fiber in certain instances.

Just be sure to introduce these foods slowly and in small amounts to avoid upsetting your dog’s stomach.

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is also vital for preventing excessive pooping. Exercise can help regulate your dog’s digestive system and keep them at a healthy weight. Make sure your dog gets plenty of opportunities to run, play, and go for walks.

However, in the same breath, too much exercise can also cause digestive issues in dogs. A study on digestive issues in working dogs shows that prolonged exposure to intense activities can lead to GI problems. 

Avoiding Table Scraps

Table scraps and snacks can also contribute to excessive pooping. Avoid giving your dog table scraps, as these can be high in fat and calories. Stick to healthy dog treats and snacks instead.

Give Your Canine Enough Food

Overeating can also contribute to excessive pooping. Ensure your dog eats the appropriate amount of food for their age, breed, and activity level.

Healthy Dog Poop

Finally, pay constant attention to your dog’s poop. Consult with your veterinarian if you notice any changes in your dog’s poop as opposed to the normal firm but moist chocolate stool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is frequent dog pooping normal?

Yes, it is normal for dogs to poop frequently. Your dog’s pooping frequency depends on various factors, such as their diet, age, and activity level. Puppies and senior dogs may poop more frequently than adult dogs. However, noticing a sudden increase in your dog’s pooping frequency may indicate an underlying health issue.

Why is My Dog Pooping So Much, But is Skinny?

Your dog may not efficiently be absorbing nutrients from their food, leading to weight loss and increased bowel movements.

Conditions such as malabsorption disorders or gastrointestinal diseases can affect nutrient absorption and result in frequent bowel movements and weight loss. Additionally, parasites, infections, or inflammatory conditions could be contributing factors.

Why is My Dog Pooping Too Much But Not Diarrhea?

Your dog’s diet or food composition may have changed, leading to pooping too much but no diarrhea. Dietary factors, such as high-fiber content or certain ingredients, can stimulate the digestive system and result in more frequent stools. Deworming and increased exercise can also cause more pooping in dogs without diarrhea. 

 Final Thoughts

If your dog is pooping more than usual, it could be a sign of a low-quality diet, stress, age-related issues, and parasites. It’s important to consult a veterinarian to rule out any potential medical issues. By addressing these problems early on, you can help ensure your dog remains healthy and happy for years to come.

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Tamsin De La Harpe

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Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.