Dog ate chocolate?

ask a vet

Puppy has 6-8 bowel movements per day.

Species: Dog
Breed: Sprocker spaniel
Age: 6-12 months
My 7 month old dog has 6 - 8 bowel movements per day. Most are well formed, some soft. He is very active and appears healthy and happy. Is this normal?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

That's an awful lot of poop! The most common reason for a dog to have this many bowel movements would be a poor quality food. It's worthwhile to try a higher quality food and see if things improve.

It's also possible that he has some intestinal parasites. A fecal exam from your vet is a great idea.

Some dogs can produce lots of stool because of a pancreas problem called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, but this is not common in a dog this young.

---This question was asked in our Ask A Vet For Free section.---


Do you have a pet website? Interested in learning more about SEO for Wix?


Check out our dog age calculator and cat age calculator.

Want to receive pet coupons, vet advice and info on new pet products in your inbox?

* indicates required

We'll only send you great stuff, never spam. Unsubscribe any time.

Disclaimer: Although Dr. Marie is a qualified veterinarian, the information found on this site is not meant to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. AskAVetQuestion.com and Dr. Marie do not accept any responsibility for any loss, damage, injury, death, or disease which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site. Do not use information found on this site for diagnosing or treating your pet. Anything you read here is for information only.

Search for similar questions:

ask a vet

Popular questions...

Needs anals done often. Heidi is having trouble with anal glands. She is on a home cooked diet, mostly... (11011 views)

Coughing shih tzu. Louie has always gagged after drinking water, often clear watery mucous comes up. ... (27907 views)

Lump on dog's foot. Hello, my 12 month old female boxer has a small pink lump on her toe/paw. I noticed... (28818 views)

Cat is very thirsty. I have a one year old cat, he eats well no concerns there, but he is consently... (11327 views)

Do I have rabies? Hiii m rakesh..i was bitten by a dog when i was 18 years old. I dnt know that dog... (10804 views)

Lump on kitten's chest. Hi I have a kitten and he has developped a very hard lump on his chest, its on... (26190 views)

Black poop and worms. my dog has worms, and we gave her medicine today but she wont eat anythingg and has... (13476 views)

Dog gagging and coughing. My dog is gagging and coughing like there is something stuck in his throat. Does... (248578 views)

Can't put weight on his leg. my pit bull is shaking all over a refusing to put weight on his back leg what should... (28349 views)

Antibiotics for anal glands? Hi I have written before about our unique living situation. We are expats with... (9328 views)

See all questions...

Dr. MarieDr. Marie is a veterinarian who practices in a busy animal hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. She created Ask A Vet Question as a resource for good, accurate veterinary advice online. Dr. Marie treats dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats. She has been a vet since 1999.

Is an online vet visit just as good as a trip to your veterinarian? No! But, many times, asking an online veterinarian a question can help save you money. While Dr. Marie can't officially diagnose your pet or prescribe medications, she can often advise you on whether a vet visit is necessary. You can also ask Dr. Marie for a second opinion on your pet's condition.