Dog Burps: My Dog Sounds like a Human Baby Burping after She Eats!
What causes a canine "after-dinner" burp?
Yes…you read that correctly. My dog burps after eating each of her twice-daily meals. She's an adult female miniature Schnauzer fed a healthy, home-cooked diet that contains none of the many foods to which she is allergic. It’s also low-fat to prevent a recurrence of pancreatitis, to which this breed is prone. She loves the taste of her food and thrives on it. In addition, I mix a powdered probiotic with her food to aid her digestion and give her a daily vitamin-and-mineral supplement for dogs to ensure she gets all the nutrients she needs.
I don't feed her commercial dog food
The cause of my dog's after-dinner burp...I think
Moist dog food, unlike dry kibble, gets stuck in her whiskers. A flowing beard and awning-like eyebrows are the physical features that make the Schnauzer breed instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, since I began feeding her moist cooked food, it’s necessary to keep her beard trimmed. She now sports more of a moustache-and-goatee combo, not such a “girly” look, but more practical. With this modified beard, her face tends to look more like a terrier’s than a Schnauzer’s, except for the distinctive eyebrows.
It’s now much easier to keep her facial hair clean and un-matted. I wash her mouth and shortened whiskers thoroughly with baby wipes immediately after every meal, ensuring that I remove all small bits and traces of soft food.
The funny thing is, when I begin this whisker-cleaning process, she invariably opens her mouth and burps loudly. BURP! Sometimes she does it once, other times twice—in quick succession. It sounds exactly like a human baby’s burp.
I’m guessing here, but I think the cause of my dog’s burps is the same as the baby’s. She eats very fast like a hungry baby gulps down milk or formula, and, because the food is cooked and there are no large hard pieces, she doesn’t chew a lot. She even licks the bottom and sides of her food bowl to get every last bit. Gulping down her meal causes her to swallow air. Air in her tummy causes the burp. Right?
I considered purchasing one of those “obstacle” feeding bowls for pets that eat too fast, but decided it wouldn’t work because she uses her tongue to push the soft food into her mouth. Believe me…she could quickly work around any obstacle! Anyway, as long as she burps after she eats and gets rid of the swallowed air—no harm done. ..I hope.
Crunchy treats give her something to chew
Wheat-free dog treats
Does your dog burp?
By the way, in case you’re worried my dog doesn’t get the opportunity to chew, she does. I searched online to find premium crunchy treats that do not contain allergens (she can't eat wheat, beef, or corn) and are low in fat. I make her “work” for them and give them as rewards when she obeys an instruction or is very well-behaved. She also has chew toys that she uses to give her teeth regular workouts, now restricted to safe rope chews since Donna provided a link about the dangers of Nylabone Plaque Attack chew. (See in comments.) As with any toy, if it begins to come apart, I throw it away so she can't swallow any pieces. I brush her teeth daily to prevent the formation of plaque and freshen her breath. (Cooked ground grass-fed bison or skinless organic chicken breasts are the best proteins for her, but neither would leave her breath un-stinky without routine dental care!)
I can’t help but laugh every time my dog burps. It sounds so funny! I wonder: do other dogs burp after eating?
Sounds like a human baby burping!
Check out this hub about good dog breeds for writers
- Five Dog Breeds For A Writer
Every writer needs a reason to stop working, get up, and take a walk. One of these dog breeds should be chosen.
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