Post # 1
SO and I are dog sitting, he’s a small, old dog (but very energetic). He’s concerning me because he’s been here for 24 hours and still hasn’t pooped! We keep letting him out, he had a big meal of dog food and sausages last night but STILL hasn’t gone! He slept in the laundry last night, no mess in there… We almost weren’t going to keep him here, and just feed him at his house because he was really stressed when he first got here but he seems to have settled down after having a sniff around and getting his bed inside. He didn’t touch his food all day until we added some sausages to it, then he cleaned his plate. He’s been drinking a lot of water and going #1 outside. He seems happy enough! He is typically an inside dog at his Mum’s place, he never goes to the toilet in the house (I am so hoping that rule follows him, so far, so good!).
How often should a little dog poop? I would have thought a lot, because he’s so small with not much room inside him!
Post # 3
@Deejayelle: Dogs are really consistent about pooping, until you throw off their routine….then its anyone’s guess when the Phantom Duke will call. Depending on the dog, and how set in their ways they are….the tiniest thing could delay nature calling, if he’s eating and has energy and isn’t in pain or have a swollen belly, I wouldn’t really worry about it.
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: I’d wait it out a little longer before getting worried about it. Our pup won’t eat or do the deed if we are out of town for a few days… Our dogsitter got really worried at first, but she’s basically just confused and a little depressed wondering where her ppl are & why she’s here so things don’t go normally… .
Post # 5
@Deejayelle: My dog went on a “poop strike” (as my friend called it) when he was at someone’s house while we were on vacation. He usually goes like 4 times a day but he wouldn’t go at all! He eventually went (and then went on a hunger strike – lol). I would give him a little more time – he will go eventually! He’s probably just upset/scared as to where his owners went!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Deejayelle: My inlaws dog goes on poop strike when we dogsit for them. A nice long walk/run should do the trick.
Note: So glad i am not the only one using the phrase “poop strike”.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t be too worried. Dogs can be weird about that when you throw off their routine. Are you taking him to a spot where he has pooed before? Sometimes it helps to give them a “reminder” of what’s supposed to be going down, so to speak.
Post # 8
My dog only poops when we take him on a long walk. I wish he would just go when its so cold outside!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
My dog only poops about once per day when in normal routine; sometimes only every few days when we are away and his routine is disrupted. I wouldn’t worry too much.
nthing a nice walk – it gets their system churning again. 🙂
Post # 10
@Deejayelle: His routine has been thrown out of whack, so that’s probably what is doing it. I would say if he hasn’t pooped in over 2 days or his belly starts to look swollen/big, then take him in. He should be ok though 🙂
Post # 11
@Deejayelle: My husband dog sat for a friends dog one time and he had such anxiety from being away from his owners that he didnt even pee for two days! two days! lol he peed a river when he got home haha sometimes dogs are weird like that. I wouldnt let it worry you. I mean I have gone way more than 24 hours without a bm and been just fine. 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks for all the advice – he finally pooped (in the back yard!). He’s been so good, only he won’t eat the food SO bought him. It’s exactly the same as the food he has at home! I bought him something different and he loved it! Not sure what’s up with that. I think he had a wee in the laundry overnight, but that’s okay, his little bladder probably couldn’t wait till I go up to let him out. As long as he doesn’t poop in the house, we’re all good!
I would take him for a walk but SO’s brother said his owner never takes him to the vet, which concerns me. That means he’s probably not up to date with his vaccinations (like parvo), and it’s too much of a risk to take him walking. He also has a large lump just below his rib cage, and is always trying to scratch it. I asked SO’s brother whether that has been seen to by a vet, and he said that the vet knows about it now after he had a go at the owner. He’s always scratching, and I’ve checked him for fleas, no bites or fleas anywhere, maybe he’s got some kind of doggy dermatitis?
He’s such a sweet little boy, I love having a dog around the place. I can’t wait till we get one of our own!