Like all dogs, Golden retrievers poop multiple times a day. How often your golden retriever poops will be determined by a few factors, though.
Do golden retrievers poop a lot? Golden retrievers poop based on how often they are fed, what they are fed, the health they are in, and how often they can relieve themselves. They will poop approximately 4-5 times a day when they are puppies and, depending on the factors listed above, will poop about 2-3 times a day as an older dog.
With all the factors that go into the bowel movements of your golden retriever, there may not be an exact number to help you decide if they are pooping a lot or a little, as the choice would be based on your own perception. However, let’s talk about the factors that go into how often your golden retriever may poop.
How Should You Feed Your Golden Retriever?
How often you feed your golden retriever will depend on the type of food, weight, and age of your dog. Keeping that in mind, I will give approximate feeding instructions for puppies and adult golden retrievers of average health.
Puppies are most often recommended to be fed three or four times a day. They need food specific for puppies because they can’t chew or digest the same as older dogs. When feeding puppies, make sure to take them outside to relieve themselves about 5 minutes after they’ve finished eating.
Puppy food will have feeding instructions on their containers. A typical feeding amount and schedule would be ½ a cup, three times a day, though. Make sure you check with your vet and read the food instructions, first.
Check the ingredients, too. Avoid food with corn or by-products as they are hard for puppies to digest and can lead to health problems. Check that their poop is solid to know if the food is setting okay with their stomachs.
Your puppies will need to poop as much as they ingest, so keep that in mind when you are scheduling their feeding and potty breaks. Each time your puppy eats, they will need to go outside not long after.
Make sure you aren’t only allowing them potty breaks after they’ve eaten. Puppies will need to time relieve themselves every couple of hours, minimum, to at least pee if not poop.
Older dogs need to eat approximately twice a day. A good schedule would be once in the morning and once in the evening. Take care to schedule potty breaks after each meal, as well as outside of them.
Older dogs will also need care to avoid foods with corn or by-products, as well. Making sure the first ingredient is meat is important to make sure they are getting the right kind of nutrients. Corn can cause them to not get the nutrients they need from food, and it can cause health issues.
As with puppies, what dogs ingest they will need to evacuate from their bodies in one form or another. Being sure that they have healthy stools and urine is key to a healthy dog and your understanding of their needs.
Check with your vet to find the best food and schedule for your golden retriever.
Health Concerns and Poop
If your dog is suffering any ailment, their urine and poop are often the first signs of trouble. Some common ailments for dogs and the poop and urine signs to look for are dehydration, urinary tract infections, worms, and constipation.
Signs of dehydration:
- Dry nose
- Thick saliva
- Lack of energy
- Loss of skin elasticity
Make sure you help your dog intake liquids as best you can. If the symptoms are severe, take them immediately to the vet.
How to combat dehydration:
- Always have water available for your animals
- Clean their water dish regularly
- Take water with you when you leave the home with them
- Stay out of the hot weather as much as possible
Urinary Tract Infections
Signs of urinary tract infections:
- Frequent urinating
- Trouble getting urine to come out
- Blood in urine
- Whining while urinating
- Licking the genitals
- Urinating where they aren’t allowed
Dehydration can cause urinary tract infections, but so can the types of food they are eating and their overall health and habitat.
How to combat urinary tract infections:
- Keep your dog hydrated
- Make sure they are eating food that isn’t harmful to the urinary tract
- Keep them well-groomed
- Make sure they get enough potty breaks
There are several types of worms that can infect your golden retriever and other dogs (and other animals), but the five most commonly seen in dogs are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and heartworms.
- Roundworms are the most common intestinal worm. These can also be transmitted to humans, so make sure you avoid contact with them and get them treated right away.
- Tapeworms are another intestinal worm, and they are often caused by eating fleas or animals infected with fleas. This is one reason why owners should take flea prevention seriously.
- Hookworms cause anemia and can be fatal in puppies. Anemia is where there isn’t enough iron in the body. These are another intestinal worm that feeds off of your dog’s blood.
- Whipworms live in the cecum, and while they aren’t a sever threat in minor cases, they can be in major cases.
- Heartworms are by far the most worrisome due to their chance of being fatal if left untreated. They are transmitted by mosquitos which is why heartworm medications are important as well as flea medicines since they typically help repel other insects.
The dangers of worms are expansive, and the signs should be treated in haste.
Symptoms and signs of worms:
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Worms in stool or vomit
The signs of constipation for your golden retriever will be like the signs that you, yourself, are constipated.
- Hard, dry poop
- Lack of poop
- Signs of pain when having/trying to have a bowel movement
- Frequent squatting or dragging of their butt on the ground
The causes of constipation:
- Lack of exercise
- Irregular eating schedule
- New food
- Underlying health concern
In order to prevent constipation, the first thing to do is make sure your golden retriever is hydrated. If they are still having trouble, contact your vet.
With a regular schedule of activity, potty breaks, and feeding, your golden retriever’s poop amount and schedule should be relatively reliable.
However, health concerns may change this so make sure you are paying attention to the signs and symptoms that could point to a serious concern.
If your golden retriever is pooping a lot to you, check with your vet and see if it is in the normal range. As with most animals, what they ingest will need to be evacuated in some manner. If your golden retriever eats regularly and a healthy amount of nutritious food, their poop should represent that.
If your dog has worrisome poop and the amount, they are pooping seems abnormal, don’t ignore it. Seek out your vet and get the help your animal may need.
Since every animal is unique, their own amount and schedule for pooping may vary from what you were expecting.
Never ignore the signs of a health concern. You are the only means of help your golden retriever has, and they are counting on you to make sure they get the help that they need when they need it.