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Old 08-29-2011, 02:01 PM
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Question How much should a puppy poo?

I know this sounds like a silly question, but my 12 week old Westie, Macey seems to go a lot for a little dog. At least 5 to 6 times a day. Is this normal for puppies? Or could it be the kind of food I'm feeding her.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:23 PM
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Is she free fed?
It certainly could be what you're feeding as well as how often
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I'm feeding her Blue Buffalo for small breed puppies 3 times a day, a little over a 1/4 cup at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

She gets small bite treats when she does something good, such as potty outside, sit, leave it, etc. and once in awhile a small carrot if she seems to be overly chewy that day.

Should I maybe think about switching to a grain free food?
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I know when I got my first dog, she was pooping a lot. On top of it, her poop reaked even for poop. I switched to a more high protein, all natural, less grain dog food and she now poops 3 times a day or so. Doesnt smell as bad either.

I looked it up a bit online (she was my first dog ever so I had no clue what i was doing) it suggested the food I was giving her wasnt being completely absorbed because her body didnt need the nutrients/the food wasn't providing enough nutrients.

How does your dog look/act? Energetic, glossy coat (well, for puppies)? She scarf all her food down at once and still act hungry or is content after her feedings? She at a healthy weight for a puppy (not too skinny ?) I know puppies like to sleep a lot, but is she more lethargic than usual? Could try a grain free food for a few months to see how she acts/poops.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:13 AM
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Well I can say for sure, she definitely is not lacking for energy and she seems to be satsfied after eating. So maybe it is the food. I will try to slowly switch her a grain free and see if that helps.
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omg...I LOVE Westie puppies. Unfortunately my Westie passed away a little over a year ago and we were lost without her. We now have a Cairn Terrier and we couldn't believe all the pooping when she was a pup. At least 5 to 6 times a day however, she is now almost a year and poops maybe twice to three times. We are in the process of switching her over from puppy food to adult food and are now buying "Taste of the Wild" - grainfree - they have four different varities to choose from. I do have one thing to say - puppies poop a lot so unless her skin and coat are normal, I would just stay with what you have till you move to adult food.
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As mentioned above, if she's doing well other than the amount of poop on the food she's on, I would not start changing it now.
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I don't think there's anything to be concerned about as long as it's the normal colour and consistency. It'll become less frequent as your pup develops....they all tend to be poo machines when they're very young
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My 7 week old Pug x beagle cross poos 4-5 times a day.
I feed him grain free all natural biscuits (James Wellbeloved) with natural tinned food too (Wainwrights)

He decided to poop in the back of my car which led to a nice drive home with all the windows open and him wondering why he was confined to the footwell of the car.
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Thank you everyone for your thoughts. The Vet said not to worry about it, she is in great health and gaining weight as she should. So I guess for now, we'll just have a poopy puppy and hope she grows out of it
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