Posted : 4/17/2008 7:54:49 PM
Does the kind of food a dog eats affect the number of bowel movements a dog would have?
Not sure ... I would think the number of BMs has more to do with both quantity and frequency of feedings.
Do you know how fast his food transit time is? i.e. how many hours between food consumed and the final waste product appearing? If you're not sure, it's easy to test by giving some colorful food - such as a raw piece of carrot - that is likely to go through only half digested and will appear as an 'indicator' in the poop.
Rory is on Artemis Puppy and I thought she was doing okay on it, nice coat, skin doesnt seem dry, clean ears, but for the past month or so she's been pooping like 4 times a day (sometimes more). She was only going twice a day. Could this be the food? I'm at the end of the bag and I am wondering if I should try somethinge else. Any suggestions or thoughts on this? Just seems like a lot of poop for a little dog.
I'm not clear as to whether Rory was OK (pooping twice a day) on Artemis to start with - did this problem only emerge sort of halfway through the bag?
Looking at the ingredients and analysis for Artemis Puppy formula, it looks really good on paper.
There could be all sorts of reasons for frequent poops. I've got a super-pooper here and have learned a bit about what causes it and how to control it (for my individual dog - others likely will be different). The vet and I arrived at the conclusion that he's basically got a form of IBS, with stress and/or excitement/anxiety triggering faster bowel motion.
If I keep him really calm indoors, not much exercise or anything to get hyper about ... his BM frequency drops off dramatically.
I would suggest you might like to talk about this issue with your vet next time you go there.
So ... to summarize ... in my experience, the frequent pooper has a tendency to softer poops; poops more often the more activity/exercise/excitement he experiences; has a higher volume of poop if the food contains a higher level of carbs such as grains, potatoes and veg; and responds noticeably to the presence/absence of different types of fiber in the diet.
Just my very personal experience with unravelling the mysteries of many poops!! :D