How Many Times Should My Puppy Poop?
Just How Many Times A Day Am I Supposed To Poop?
I have a 10 week old puppy. We feed him 4 times a day but he poops about 6 times a day.
Is it normal or we over feeding him?
Reply from Pauline (Web-Owner)
I'm assuming your puppy is otherwise healthy, doesn't have diarrhoea and his stool is normal. If that's the case, pooping 4 times a day sounds fairly normal to me, especially in a puppy so young.
Your puppy needs feeding 4 times a day at the moment because his little tummy couldn't take his daily food allowance in one go.
His feeding routine should be along the lines of the following:
- Up to 4 month of age - 4 meals each day;
- Between 4 months and 6 months of age - 3 meals each day;
- Over 6 months of age - 2 meals each day, morning and evening.
If your puppy doesn't finish his food within 15 minutes, lift his bowl off the floor. Don't allow him to 'free feed' as this can interfere with the regularity of his bowel movements.
It won't be long before he learns to eat what you offer him, when you offer it to him and that if he doesn't eat it then, he'll have to wait until his next meal time.
Feeding will stimulate his bowels, as will any form of exercise or excitement, so it's only natural for him to poop more than you might expect.
If you feel you may be overfeeding him, check the manufacturer's packaging or ask your breeder for the right amount of food you should be feeding him.
If you haven't already, you might like to read this great little article on feeding your puppy
Good luck and please let us know how you both get on.
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