If you find yourself the lucky new owner of a Pug puppy, you may have already fallen victim to their large puppy dog eyes. Now you are looking to find out more about their breed. Maybe you noticed your puppy peeing more or less than usual. Whatever the case, knowing how often your puppy needs to relieve themselves can help you become a better caregiver to your furry friend and help you out when you’re potty training Pugs.
How Often Do Pug Puppies Need to Poop and Pee?
So, how often do Pug puppies poop and pee? When it comes to how often your puppy has a bowel movement, they will generally need to poop after every meal. As for how often Pug puppies will need to urinate, they will probably need to pee every one to two hours.
How Frequently Should A Pug Puppy Poop?
How frequently your Pug may need to poop will depend on several factors. One major factor, of course, is how much they are eating. What goes in must come out. So, if your mushy-faced friend has regular but much more frequent bowel movements, it may be time to look at their diet.
A well-balanced diet will see your puppy having anywhere from three to five bowel movements a day. Puppies in the newborn stage will poop anywhere from one to five bowel movements a day.
What Should You Look for in Poop?
It is crucial to pay attention to the difficulty they have passing stool, its consistency, and its color. Consistency and color are significant factors when it comes to having healthy bowel movements, especially with puppies.
Not sure what healthy canine poop should look like? Take a look at this handy Dog Poop Color Wheel and what the American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends as to what perfect dog poop should look like.
When Should You Worry About Your Puppy’s Pooping Frequency?
You may be asking how better knowledge about your puppy’s poop can make you a better dog owner. Still, the truth is that their bowel movements can help both you and your veterinarian better address any underlying health concerns that may be causing the changes in their bowel movements.
Is Your Puppy Constipated?
Suppose you notice your pup pooping less than usual and having trouble passing their poop. Your puppy might be constipated due to a lack of sufficient access to water or wet food, medications they may be on, or their mischievous selves may have eaten something they shouldn’t have.
If they happen to be suffering from a blockage, they may even begin vomiting up their food as a result of their inability to pass it and should see a vet.
Does Your Puppy Have the Runs?
If you notice your puppy needing to poop more often than usual with a runny or liquid consistency, then you will want to be on the safe side and consult your veterinarian.
Now before you panic, loose stool in puppies is quite common. Puppies are born with worms in their intestines passed down from their mothers. Most puppies are started on a series of de-wormers by the breeder and finished up by your vet. A spout of diarrhea can be a sign it’s time to visit the doctor. The visit will ensure they were properly de-wormed.
When it Comes to Poop, is it Better to be Safe Than Sorry?
Increased bowel movements paired with diarrhea in a puppy can be rather alarming depending on several factors. This is because of a virus called parvovirus. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that rarely ends well for a puppy.
Even with veterinary intervention, chances of survival are relatively low. That’s why the sooner you diagnose it, the better, and the more you know about your pup’s poop, the better.
Parvovirus usually presents with diarrhea (sometimes with blood), vomiting, lethargy, weight loss, and decreased appetite and thirst. If you have other dogs in the house and they seem to have “caught” the puppy’s diarrhea shortly after introducing your new family member into the home, call your vet immediately. They may want to perform a parvo test.
How Frequently Should a Pug Puppy Pee?
We’ve all heard it, with smaller dogs come smaller bladders. A puppy’s inability to hold in their urine for extended periods is entirely normal in those early months. The combination of a Pug being a smaller breed and your puppy simply being a puppy can make how often they urinate seem like a lot.
The truth is, Pug pups will often need to urinate every one to two hours. As they grow older, the time between bathroom breaks will increase.
According to the AKC, the best way to judge how often your pup should be urinating is by using their age. Every month they are old, add an hour to how often they need to pee.
When Should You Worry About Your Puppy’s Peeing Frequency?
Just like with poop, your puppy’s urine can be an indicator of health concerns. Peeing too little or too much, having a strong odor, or discoloration are all reasons to see a vet.
Is Your Pug Puppy Straining to Pee?
A decrease in urination can be indicative of dehydration, bladder or kidney stones, or even a urinary tract infection. If you notice your puppy straining to pee despite their interest to do so, notice a harsh, pungent odor, or see blood in their urine when they do happen to urinate, a visit to the vet is in order.
Is Your Pug Puppy Peeing Too Much?
If your Pug puppy is peeing more often than once an hour and doesn’t seem to be showing signs of increasing the duration time between relieving themselves, it would be advised to consult your pup’s vet.
Increased peeing or an inability to hold one’s urine can be a symptom of urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, diabetes, or, again, kidney or bladder stones.
Sometimes, an increase in urine or inability to hold it in can be physiological. Dogs’ bladder infections or defects in the urinary tract, may require medication or surgery depending on the severity and cause.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Whether your Pug is peeing or pooping too much or too little, consulting your vet should be your go-to.
If you want to be proactive, catch some pee or poop before your vet visit. It will help make testing it much easier.
And don’t forget, when it comes to pee, the first pee of the day is always the best pee to test for urinary issues!