How Long After Eating Does a Dog Need to Potty?

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One of the most basic calls of nature works quite the same way between mammals of all kinds.

Our canine partners are not very different. It usually takes 10-24 hours for an adult dog to complete the digestive process. However, they might poop after every meal as the absorption part of the digestive process can be carried on later and they’re basically eliminating last day’s waste.

Much like humans, you can stimulate the bowels of a dog by taking them for a walk. Walking is a great workaround to get the intestines moving. So, if you wish your dog to take regular potty breaks, make sure you walk them a while after meals.

Pups can easily need to potty after every meal. Adult dogs might not require to poop after each meal, however. But it’s perfectly normal if they do.

The digestive tract of a canine

It is very important to learn a little bit about the digestive tract of a canine.

The process is fairly straightforward.

Dogs don’t chew their food very efficiently. The process is still started in the mouth. The increased saliva makes up for the lack of chewing. After passing through the food pipe, the food reaches the stomach. Here, it’s mixed with water and stomach acid. The rest of the process involves the pushing of this mix through the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum (the small intestine, taken together).

During this movement through the small intestine, acidity is reduced and nutrients are absorbed.

After water removal in the large intestine, the waste is passed along for elimination.

And that brings us to our question: how long after eating does a dog need to go to the potty?

Going to the potty

The dog will need to eliminate the waste soon afterward eating. Typically, when the stomach is full the excretion process is kickstarted inside the canine’s body.

The moment your dog’s belly is full – there’s a signal sent to the colon. In the next 20-30 minutes after finishing the meal, the dog will poop. However, it’s not limited to once a day. It’s perfectly normal for a dog to poop thrice a day.

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However, it’s very important to know that not every dog is similar. The same goes for your canine’s pooping schedule as well! Did you think everything is fairly simple with our dog companions? Well, you were wrong.

Even if your dog follows the one to three times per day pooping schedule, they might not do it right after the meals. In fact, some dogs might wait for hours on top of hours to go to the potty. It’s very natural. However, as mentioned, a walk will accelerate the need to go to the potty.

A healthy dog will poop shortly afterward a meal. This means that their digestion is in prime condition. They’re essentially wired to poop after meals by their brain, and that’s a good sign. You can usually wait 20-30 minutes after their meal before they have to go.

The quality and contents of the food also decide the canine’s pooping schedule

Now, you have to understand that poop is essentially what the body rejects. In other words, it’s waste. What is the waste in the food? The portion that’s not nutritive for the canine.

Many cheap dog food products are full of “fillers”. Fillers have no nutritive value (but huge commercial value for these companies, that’s for sure). Most of this portion goes through the digestive tract and remains untouched throughout the small intestine. That is to say, no nutrients are absorbed from this content, as there is barely any present.

So, a dog living on a diet of food that’s low quality or less nutritive will poop more often. There would be less digestion downtime and most of the food will pass directly through their system converted into poop. As a result, they will need to go to the potty more often.

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Some contents in your canine’s food can make them poop more frequently too and sometimes even right after meals. If you see that happen, it’s high time you changed brands or the type of food altogether.

A high-quality diet will make sure your dog remains perfectly healthy and poops at regular, fixed intervals and not too much.

Take note: diarrhea is a common problem with pets

Diarrhea affects dogs very often. Sometimes they eat food they were not supposed to or a particular batch of their food is problematic. In that case, the dog will poop very frequently, needless to mention.

So, along with a healthy diet, you need to make sure you have complete control over it as well.

A pet dog is although not very likely to develop diarrhea on its own if fed food that’s regular and known, sometimes they can wander off and get foreign foods into their system, which can be bad and might lead to diarrhea.

My dog poops right after meals: is he/she rejecting the food?

This is a growing concern among dog owners and one that needs a clear answer.

Your dog is not rejecting the food if he or she is pooping right after the meals. It simply means that the waste is from the last day’s food.

The canine digestive process is more lengthy than the average human’s. As a result, when they poop right after a meal, they’re making space for the new food. It’s practically impossible to poop out all a dog has eaten within minutes.

Underlying problems that make a canine reject the food outright usually plays out in the form of vomiting and not pooping.

Still, it might be a good idea to get your dog checked up, especially if you see pooping that’s much more frequent than food intake.

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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Handler, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".