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Why Does My Dog Poop So Much? 10 Reasons.
If you’re noticing that your dog has been going to the bathroom a little bit excessively, there are several factors that could be causing this to happen to your poor pooch. Before we cover the possible causes, first we need to understand what a normal bowel movement in our canine friends should look like as well as other important factors.
How often should my dog poop? According to the American Animal Hospital your dog go #2 at least once per day. Some dogs may poop 1-3 times per day.
A good number of poops is between 1-3 per day.
If you’re dog is pooping more than 3x per day, there could be underlying health conditions, some of which are extremely dangerous that could be causing the extensive bowel movements. Don’t worry though, most conditions can be easily rectified with the alteration of diet, digestive medication or an environment change. Here’s the top 10 reasons why your dog might be pooping so much…
#10 Intestinal cancer (adenocarcinomas)
Telltale signs of adenocarcinomas include diarrhea, weight loss and loss of appetite. This is a rare form of cancer that causes malignant tumors in dogs and should be treated by a veterinarian immediately if they begin to exhibit multiple symptoms along with excessive pooping.
#9 Colitis (inflammation)
Essentially this is the inflammation of the large intestine or colon. This causes diarrhea and or loose stools. Reasons for the infection could stem from crohn’s disease, ischemic colitis, allergic reactions, and
#8 Excessively loud music.
Did the neighbors just move in next door start throwing parties? One of your children playing loud music when your not home? New sounds (and even smells) will cause your dogs bowl movements to be thrown out of sync. Again, this is another one of those unfortunates that just take some time for your dog to get acclimated to.
#7 Sneaking food when your not looking.
When you throw your table scraps in the trash and it just seems like the garbage isn’t getting any higher, it’s time to pay attention. One of the leading causes for excessive bowel movements and complications is related to dogs sneaking into the trash can (or pantry) for leftovers. You never know, until you catch them red-handed (or pawed in this case).
#6 Stress or depression.
One of the first signs of stress or depression are diarrhea, constipation or other digestive issues. If your dog is stressed or suffering from anxiety, it is best to consult with your veterinarian immediately.
#5 Unfamiliar surroundings
If you’ve recently moved or have taken your pooch with you on vacation and are noticing a higher frequency in bowel movements. There’s no need to be alarmed. Dogs are highly receptive to their surroundings and if you’ve altered there environment suddenly, this will cause their nerves to go into overdrive. Don’t worry, it shouldn’t last more than a few days…
#4 Sudden change in diet.
Changing your dogs food should be done gradually. According to PETMD.com it takes anywhere from 5-7 days in order to slowly mix the new dog food in with the old until you can entirely transition them to the new food source. Any process shorter than this will cause your dog to more than likely develop an upset stomach.
#3 Not the right kind of food.
The wrong kind of dog food can cause a variety of health issues like skin conditions, diabetes, nutrition imbalances, malnutrition, obesity and so on. One of the biggest factors of your dogs digestive tract is the food that he/she is consuming. If your dog is using the bathroom a bit more than usual, perhaps consider scaling back on the amount of food or the brand.
#2 Too much food.
If your dog is over eating than bloating can occur. This causes a buildup of gasses during the passing of food. This can also cause false bowel movements (gas), diarrhea and or excessive poops.
A single gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. This bacteria is known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans. Dog feces are also one of the most common carriers of whipworms and hookworms. The same dog poop that accumulates in the backyard that breeds bacteria is also re-transmitted to both dog and human. This is the most common cause of irritable bowel movements and diarrhea found in dogs.
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