For ages, the world’s greatest philosophers and poop bag companies have wondered: “How many times do dogs poop in a day?”
What’s normal? What’s healthy? Is there such a thing as too many poops?
Here at Earth Rated, we take your pet's poop very seriously. What more would you expect from a dog poop bag company?
That’s why we started an investigation to determine the average number of times a dog poops per day. After scouring the internet for clues and polling our devoted Instagram followers, we finally found the answer:
…it depends. (But probably twice).
Many factors influence your dog’s bowel movement frequency. Age and diet are the big ones. Let’s dive in.
Puppies poop more often
The younger the pup, the more frequent the poops. It’s normal for puppies to go potty many times a day. And like with many adolescent habits, “it’s just a phase”.
Remember the days when younger-You could eat junk food with minimal consequences? A speedy metabolism can likely take credit for that.
Metabolism slows with age, for people and dogs alike. As digestion slows down, your dog won’t need to relieve themselves as frequently. So, puppies cycle poops out of their system more often than older dogs.
Food affects poop frequency
Let’s go back – back to the beginning of the digestive system. Since what goes in must come out, of course, your pup’s nutrition will affect their poops.
Some lower quality dog foods contain a high percentage of filler-foods in the formula. If your dog eats a large volume of meals with low nutritional value, their stomachs will fill up faster and they'll need to poop more often. Similarly, if you feed your pet frequently, they'll likely poop frequently.
Dogs can be very sensitive to new cuisine. If you’ve been switching up their diet, they might be pooping more to expel the offending new foods. Be careful about what people foods you let your dog munch on! Many snacks can be delicious to humans but detrimental to your dog’s digestive system.
If you notice a huge change in their defecation schedule, it’s a good idea to chat with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs.
How many times do dogs poop in a day?
Every dog is different. But most of the internet agrees that between 1 to 5 poops per day is normal and healthy.
Whether your dog is a pooping machine or a delicate once-a-day pooper, as long as they stick to a consistent regular schedule, they should be okay.
As for the average number of poops per day? The strong consensus on this one, according to our customers, team, and strangers on the internet is: 2 poops a day!
There you have it folks!
Now that we’ve answered the scoop on poop, let’s look at the numbers:
2 poops per day, from every dog, lying around ruining the shoes of innocent distracted pedestrians? Yikes.
Not only is that amount of dog poop gross, but it’s also toxic and filled with bacteria that can make you and your dog sick.
The best way to be a responsible dog owner is to always pick up your dog’s poop. And here at Earth Rated, we’re always working to make that experience as easy as possible for you. Whatever your pick up style, we’re here for you so you can get back to what’s important: petting dogs.
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