Pooping firm poop-balls in his sleep

Well, about two weeks ago I noticed two little pooplets (tiny balls of what appeared to be poop smaller than a grape and perfectly sphere shaped) on the floor. Cheez-it is perfectly potty trained so I chocked it up to something hanging that he brought inside. Since then I have found a few of these in his kennel a few days apart and I have also noticed that he has been having some NASTY gas. I mean, "Walk into my office and clear out the room" gas. So, dogs have gas, no big deal. But just tonight (I am up late working on something) I'm laying in bed with the laptop frantically typing and I figure it's probably about time to take the Cheez-ball outside and I look down and I can see a little pooplet right on his butt, not stuck to anything, but just sitting there firm and unattached to any of his hairs (he has a rather strict back-side haircut to prevent this). I have come to the conclusion that he has been extruding these little poop-balls (about the size of Cheez-puffs, no pun intended) in his sleep. In his sleep? Seriously?? He has no worms, gets plenty of excercise and ample time to do his business before bed time. It just happens randomly I think.

So on the internet I found something about adjusting his fiber. I have no idea if this is the problem, but gas+poop leaves me to believe fiber is a likely suspect. I feed him the blue buffalo lamb+rice for adults, he is 11 months old, and he is in top-shape. I do let him eat as much as he wants, but he never eats much more than a cup a day. So whats the deal? I was under the impression that the food he gets is of high quality, he also gets the occasional scrap but it's never anything more than a teaspoon full of chicken-meat or something, and usually every other day. His treat intake is scarce, he might get 1/4 of a typical med dogbone a day. What should I be adjusting here? Does he need more fiber? I was under the impression that firm poop is good poop.

Any advice is helpfull, even the vet wasnt really sure what to tell me. His muscles and stuff are all in perfect working order and he has no sensory problems... Whats the deal??

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Comment by Stephanie & Lola on January 29, 2009 at 4:39am
I have nothing to say to help you, but I wanted to say this story made me laugh :) as do most of your posts. Thank you
Comment by James on January 28, 2009 at 4:55pm
He is a water drinking fiend, and his activity is super high. He jogs with me in the morning for about a mile and then I dumo him at home and finish. Then in the early evening we play frisbee/fetch watever for a while until he stops playing and starts hording his toys and laying on them, and before bed he gets a nice walk. There is always water available.

The little balls are remotely hard, if I had to pick a consistency I would say they are like little balls of pizza dough, and yes they just appear (come out) when he is sleeping. Some websites tend to think it's gas causing it to come out and may be too little fiber. I'm going to get him some canned pumpkin today.
Comment by Gail L on January 28, 2009 at 12:56pm
Cobi does this too, although we have attributed it to the fact he is disabled and cannot use his back legs to support himself without his bottoms-up leash or his cart. So that would not be Cheez-it's problem. I know what you mean though, they just appear when he is resting or sleeping, thankfully they are firm, so easily picked up.
Comment by Sam Tsang on January 28, 2009 at 10:21am
Not to be gross or anything, but are those balls "hard"? Check his water intake and activity level, both of those promote a nice bowel movement :)
Comment by Lou Ann Lemaster on January 28, 2009 at 9:02am
I agree, a teaspoon of pumpkin with his meal, or frozen as a treat would be great for him. Like Carlie said, get the puree pumpkin, no pie mix.
Comment by Carlie on January 28, 2009 at 7:53am
Sounds like you've taken all the necessary precautions, and he's on great, high quality food. You could always try adding a tsp. of canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix) to his meals. I know it helped Kiwi regulate a little better. I'm sure other mycorgiers will have some more input too. Good luck.

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