Why does my 7 month old pup have a normal stool followed by a watery stool?
Are these two separate times, or the same time but the end is 'watery?' Is it just loose and runny, or actually watery? Sometimes a dog's poop will be looser after running or playing.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Nutro puppy, which it has never bothered her before. It is all at one time, starts off normal then gets watery. It does seem to happen after she is running or playing around most of the time. She goes in the water alot, we live on a beach...could she be swallowing some salt water...I usually have to keep her leashed because she tries to eat everything..shells, swan poop (yuk!!)
Normally, Puff has just one poop at a time.
However, occasionally after making a poop, she'll hunch up to assume her traditional go-potty position, and make a second one.
This one is always softer (usually mashed potato consistency) than the first one was.
I've always put this down to having less time in the factory.
One other thing to consider is whether you're over-feeding.
Puppies need about 2X the amount an adult dog of the same weight would need to eat.
As they mature, they eat more but the multiplier gradually declines also.
Puff, 6 lbs. at 9 weeks age, ate less than 1 cup/day (÷ into 3 meals).
By 7-8 months age and 45-50 lbs, she was eating 5 cups a day (÷ into 2 meals)
Then she skipped eating for a day or two and when she resumed she ate less so I offered the lesser amount she would eat.
This repeated 3 or 4 or more times until, eventually, we settled on her present adult ration of 1 cup 2X day.
BUT Puff is one of the rare self-limiting Labs in consuming food. (According to a poll of about 70 JL owners I did about 4 or so years ago, only 10% of their Labs self-limit their food consumption. About 90% have to do that for their Labs.)
Runny or very soft stools are common indicators of over-feeding.
Your pup is about Puff's age when she began to go on her "hunger strikes".
Maybe something to consider if your Lab pup is one of the 90% that will eat however much they can and still act hungry?
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Gracie is not an overeater..she likes her treats but she only eats about 3 cups a day with a few table scaps. Sometimes I worry she does not seem to want to eat enough. I actually am going to lay off the treats for a while, not completely..but limited and see how she does. I hope she did not get into anything on the beach. I have to watch her carefully, she is quick and sneaky:/
Well, I feel better Gracie just went to the bathroom and it was a normal stool. I was starting to worry maybe she got into something at the beach when I was looking for 2 sec...that's about how long you can take your eyes off of her.
My two would both get this after swimming.
We have a similar issue with our pup Caspian (He's 6 months old)
He does the solid poop, then moves a little away from it, and has semi-pudding poop (Just a little). We've come to conclusion, just as Bob said(Well put Bob!)I've always put this down to having less time in the factory.
It's also after he plays pretty hard. I was wondering, but figured it was probably normal Thanks for asking!
Thanks everyone for your input. It has put my worried mommy nerves at rest