We just got a 10 week old french bulldog puppy. At night when we go to bed we crate her so she can't get into any trouble while we're sleeping.
Now I know puppies don't have fully developed bladders and bowels and may need to get up at least once in the night to go to the bathroom however our girl is going about every 2 hours all night long.
She will whine once she's gone poop or pee to let us know that her crate is dirty, we have to get up, pick her up and take her to her puppy pad, usually clean feces off her, then go back and remove her bedding from the crate, wash it with soap and water, put new bedding back in it, then go get her and put her back. Of course she never goes on her pad because at that point she's already emptied herself.
Some nights she only pees in her crate, some nights she only poops in her crate and some nights she poops and pee's in her crate.
We are feeding her 3x per day - 1/2 cup of food. Typically we feed her around 7:30 am, Noon, and we were feeding her at 7 pm but we moved her last feeding till earlier (5 pm) in hopes it would give her more time to evacuate before going to bed.
At this point we're going on day 7 with barely any sleep and a bit frazzled. I know some of this is to be expected but this seems a bit extreme. The other thing is that she's not going to the bathroom much in the day. We try to encourage her to go but she typically won't go more than a couple times during the day. I'd say she's peeing and pooping more and night than during the day.
Her stool is a little loose - its not diarrhea but its not firm. We're feeding her the same food the breeder we bought her from was feeding her - which is Authority Puppy - Chicken and Rice Kibble.
The other thing is that we suspect she may be eating her feces which we're trying to discourage.
I don't know if we need to give her more time to get settled in and get used to her routine, if maybe we should remove her bedding from the crate, maybe we should switch her food to something else, try and exercise her more? Or maybe there's something medically wrong and we need to see the vet.
Any advice would be much appreciated.