Ever since you got your Maltipoo, you must be wondering why he is pooping a lot more than he eats. Is he ill, or it’s what he usually does?
You must be surprised to know your little pooch can be an incredibly big pooper. So, the normal for this specie is significantly different from all other doodles. Every dog owner needs to keep a check on its pooping frequency. Regular bowel motions are an essential indicator of your Maltipoo’s health and well-being.
Moreover, a disturbing poop frequency can be an initial warning sign of some severe health issues. So now, you must be thinking about what is typical for your Maltipoo. What can disturb his pooping frequency? Moreover, what can be the consequence if he doesn’t like to poop enough, and how you can manage it? Let’s spend a few minutes learning more about our pup.
How often should a Maltipoo poop?
The pooping frequencies do vary from one Maltipoo to the other. However, we can give an accurate range that is valid for every Maltipoo.
What is Normal?
For a healthy Maltipoo, up to two stools per day is normal. If your pup poops more than four times a day, it is an indication of diarrhea. If your Maltipoo poops once every other day, it is an indication of constipation.
Maltipoos have a dough-like poop consistency. Precisely, it should be fairly dense. It is like one soft log that stays together.
If the stool is stiffer than usual, it will point to a condition called constipation. Constipation can also be when the consistency is like small rigid pallets as if they are tiny rocks.
In the case of watery stools, you can conclude its diarrhea.
The color of the stool tells you a lot about the different medical conditions of your Maltipoo, including bowel motions.
|Red/blue hint and flakes in stools||It is due to food coloring matter indicating you are using low-quality food.|
|Bright Red stools||It can be blood. Look for medical issues, including ulcers and constipation.|
|Very Dark Black Stools||The slick-looking color can also point to blood. Contact your vet instantly. It can indicate some severe old ailments.|
|Very light tan||It indicates liver problems. Contact your vet as soon as possible.|
All the typical factors can vary a lot, depending on the following conditions:
- Which food is he using?
- How much is he eating?
- Is he active or have a sedentary lifestyle?
- Is there a medical condition?
- How much are they hydrated?
Usually, a healthy Maltipoo poops within 30 minutes of eating. Moreover, they can be quickly potty trained to use a porch potty or any designated potty place. Smart pup, right!
The situation also varies from one Maltipoo to the other. Some dogs poop every time soon after they exercise or play. This habit is controlled by biochemical signals that the body releases every time there is excessive motion. So if your pup is such a poo jogger, you can quickly potty-train him in just a few days! Take him every time to potty whenever he plays. You can also play with him, give him some home toy, or make him run before taking to potty.
The Normals Change With Age!
Every dog, including the hybrid breed Maltipoo, observes changes in its poop frequency as its age. The frequency is decreased to the level that it seems they are suffering from constipation. However, if your dog is feeling pain and difficulty while defecating, it points to a medical condition. In this case, the dog can be having constipation, anal gland disease, or more severe hip dysplasia. Contact your vet immediately when your dog starts feeling difficulty in defecation.
The best thing you can do in this condition is to look ar the food he is using. Include the right amount of fibers and other laxatives in it to help him relieve the bowels. Moreover, ensure the dog have plenty of water throughout the day.
With age, the house soiling problem is also expected and should be looked upon if it becomes too frequent.
Loose Watery Stools… Diarrhea
If your dog is pooping too frequently and the poop consistency is less dense, it can be indicative of diarrhea.
Causes of diarrhea:
For Maltipoos diarrhea can be because of one or more of the following reasons:
- Inappropriate and Low-quality diet
- Eating a lot at night
- Least physical activity
- Allergy to any component in food/intolerance
- Picking up everything with the mouth, licking household objects too often/ eating random stuff from the ground.
Be cautious if your little Maltipoo is suffering from diarrhea. In this condition, give him more water. That’s because he will lose most of his fluids quite instantly, taking along with the most essential minerals and vitamins.
So, if your Maltipoo is having loose stools for more than a day, seek help from your vet without any further delay.
Hard Stools… Constipation:
When your pup is facing difficulty in defecating or have rocky stools, it is a symptom of constipation.
Causes of constipation:
Your Maltipoo can suffer from constipation when
He is dehydrated:
Feces are 75% water. So, if your Maltipoo is not taking enough fluids, he is most likely to have constipation. Dehydration is the primary cause of constipation in dogs.
Taken in foreign substances:
Maltipoo is very curious about the taste of different objects lying around. So, they can quickly ingest paper, coins, clips, etc. Never forget to clean your house every time and make it ‘puppy proof’. Even a Maltipoo can eat herbs, including grass, to satisfy his curious nature. However, it can only cause constipation in them. Keep a check on what your dog eats in a day.
Another surprising cause of constipation is the change in habits of your pup. It can be because of the puppy’s home or owner changes. Moreover, it can also be when he is left alone, and he holdbacks his urge to defecate
Check on the food:
The medicine and food a dog is taking can cause constipation in them. Look for the quality of food your feeding your dog. Most importantly, senior dogs can encounter constipation when fed with dry foods. Moreover, it can be due to the side effect of any supplement your dog is taking.
To manage constipation in dogs, you should
- Give them more clean and filtered water
- Puppy proof your house and thoroughly clean everything
- Keep a check on your Maltipoo to prevent him from eating grass
- Always consult your vet before adding any supplements to the diet.
- Offer a well-balanced diet having a fair amount of fibers.
- Check for food and medication allergies.
- Beware of dry food in case of senior Maltipoos
- Contact your vet if the condition persists.
Maltipoos, like all other breeds, can suffer from bowel problems. You need to check his pooping habits, frequency, and consistency. If you find your dog is not behaving normally, contact your vet immediately. We have summed up the symptoms of most commonly occurring bowel diseases and how to manage it. For any queries, feel free to contact me.