A bit of a gross topic but we're curious and wondering if you guys have any thoughts!
|Poop is a very normal conversation for us on the board .|
Very common for poop to become softer as the number of bowel movements increase. The reason being is the poop is coming from further up in the intestines.
|Agree with Jennie. The increased exercise promotes faster poop passage so yes, it is softer. It's not uncommon to start a walk with normal tootsie rolls and end up with, ah, chunky apple butter at the end. Once they get back to being their lazy selves, the poop remains inside longer and firms up again.|
|They should grow out of this though. And it doesn't happen with all puppies by any means. |
By the time they're mature they should certainly be able to handle a hard work out without any loose stools or how can they do an honest day's work? Not that most do
This breed as a general rule just has crappy (pun intended) guts I guess. I wouldn't consider it normal though. Nothing to be overly concerned about, just highly undesirable. If it persists look for some underlying issue - parasites? (especially in young puppies) Sensitive gut?
I've seen it in some young, excitable males till they grew out of it. Never seen it in a bitch though. No, wait, I take that back - my rescue dog can get so worked up her stools can become loose. She has a few emotional screws loose in her case, but even in her it's rare though. Hate it. GROSS!
This too shall (hopefully) pass!
|Both my dogs, male at 4 and female at two and a half, will have softer poops after exercise. If they are running or we are doing some jumping or tugging, the poop is softer. Not necessarily super soft - I can still pick it up. Just softer than normal.|
We keep both dogs in a "poop shoot" behind cut so nothing gets caught too much in all that fur
|Good question...thanks for asking. I have wondered the same thing near the end of a walk or playtime. |
Thanks for the answers.
peg & 8 month old Howie
|And this isn't just OES either - any dog can have this issue. The worst softer poop with exercise offender at our house is a basset hound.|
|We had problems with Zoe's stool being very loose right from the beginning. She did initially have worms but even once that was sorted out, we were still constantly wiping her bum and fur. The problem was much worse when she was out running around. It was like soft ice cream - nothing you could ever pick up properly. She is now almost two and she has improved somewhat. we changed her food two weeks ago to a formula with lower protein Taste of the Wild Salmon). She had been on Acana and Orijen for a long time. I read that maybe the high protein was too much for her system to handle. Touch wood - her stools have been firm for the first time in her life and we are ecstatic!|
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