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How to Help Prevent Dog Flatulence

Updated on April 24, 2013
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Prevent Dog Flatulence

Sometimes noxious surprises come in cute, furry packages. See the sweet-looking girl dog to the right? That is Luna and I adore her, but some days she seems like the world's most flatulent dog. All dogs pass gas now and then, but some dogs just seem to be at it nonstop!

Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to help prevent dog flatulence. Take a minute to discover them - you'll have more fun hanging out with your dog and Fido will have a happier tummy!

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High-protein, grain-free dog foods do cost more, but they result in a happier, healthier pet. I usually buy my dog food for less online and take advantage of free shipping deals.

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Foods that Cause Dog Flatulence

Just like humans, dogs are affected by what they eat. Dogs are omnivores and are capable of digesting some plant matter, but they need high protein diets. Many plant foods with indigestible sugars or fibers give dogs gas, so avoid feeding your dog:

  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Dairy

Other foods can cause dog flatulence, too, including cauliflower, onions, garlic, and soybeans. Unfortunately, soy and corn are popular fillers in inexpensive dog food, but dogs aren't designed to eat either product! Soy-filled dog food is a common cause of dog flatulence.

To prevent dog flatulence with diet, check your dog food bag label. If corn or soy rank high on the ingredient list, consider switching to a different type of dog food. Premium, high-protein, grain-free dog foods do cost more than filler-full foods, but finding space in your monthly budget for better dog food is worth it. Whenever I buy my dogs premium food, they are less flatulent and better behaved. I know it sounds a little made up, but it actually makes sense. If you feed a human child sugary food or food filled with carbs, he or she will be pretty hyper. Feed the child a wholesome meal and s/he won't experience the sugar rush. The same thing goes for dogs. If you feed them carbohydrate-laden food, they bounce around a lot. If you feed them the types of foods they are supposed to eat, they are less hyper.

Even if premium dog food isn't an option for you, you can still help keep your pooch gas-free by not feeding him/her table scraps. Table scraps are an easy way for your pup to ingest something indigestible. If you want to give Fido and after dinner snack, stick with an actual dog treat.

How to Change your Dog's Eating Habits

A leading cause of dog gas is eating too quickly. Eating food quickly is called "wolfing it down" for a reason! Canines love eating fast. This is definitely one of Luna's problems. She was a homeless puppy before being picked up and brought to the SPCA, so she eats like there is no tomorrow.

When dogs rush through their food, they also take in lots of air. This extra air can cause burping and gas. Even if your dog isn't gassy, it is still important to make sure she does not eat too quickly because fast eating can cause stomach bloat, a potentially fatal condition.

There are many ways to make your dog eat more slowly. You can purchase specialty bowls that are designed to force a dog to eat more slowly, or you can get creative. For example, the video to the right shows a dog who is forced to eat slowly out of a muffin tin. By dividing a dog's meal up into appropriately-sized 'bites,' you can force your dog to eat at a healthier pace.

Don't wait until it's too late! Eating too quickly is a leading cause of dog stomach bloat, a potentially fatal ailment. You could literally save your dog's life by using a specialty bowl like the Brake-Fast.

Dogs frequently let you know when they need to go out!
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Treat Dog Flatulence with a Walk

Talking regular walks with your dog is healthy for you and your pet. Dog's don't just need the chance to do their business, they need to get out and walk (and run). Regular walks help dogs maintain healthy bowel activity, which, in turn, reduces the likelihood that your pup will pass gas in the house.

Be careful not to feed your dog immediately before or after vigorous exercise or his or her digestive problems may get worse! Do you remember your mom telling you to wait 30 minutes after eating before getting in the pool? The same principle applies with dogs. Give your dog plenty of time to digest before running around, and lots of time to cool down after exercise.

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When to Take your Dog to the Vet for Flatulence

Sometimes dog flatulence can be a sign of serious health issues. If you have switched your dog to a highly-digestible food, keep him or her from eating quickly, and take regular walks and your pet is still stinking up the house, it may be time to visit the vet. Worms may cause flatulence, so make sure your dog gets a fecal test each year, but other digestive disorders can also cause intestinal distress.

Fortunately, most dog flatulence is not an indication of a serious disorder and is easily preventable. By making a few changes in your dog's routine, you can make him or her a much nicer pet to live with!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I read this one with great interest. LOL One of our dogs, Jazz, is horrible...I know of no other way to describe it. We never get stuck in a closed room with Jazz. :) Thank you for some great suggestions!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thank goodness my furry friend does not have a flatulence problem! I feed her home-cooked meals with quality organic ingredients (grass-fed bison because she must be on a low-fat diet), and I avoid the veggies that are prone to cause gas. However, she does eat too fast--always has. I need one of those specially-made bowls that will force her to eat slowly. I will check out the links to Amazon. The muffin tin is a good alternative, but it would be a lot of trouble to wash, I think (for lazy me, anyway).

      Good hub. Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Billybuc - Your comment had me laughing! Ironically, it's my girl dog that has the problem. So much for sugar and spice and everything nice.

      JayeWisdom - I spend more money feeding my dogs than I do myself! But the good food just makes Luna eat faster. I need to get one of those bowls, myself, because washing the muffin tin is a bit annoying, and dogs have such slimy saliva!

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      RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

      My dog can clear a room two seconds flat. Thanks for the advice!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahaha. Yep, I know what that's like! Dogs are like an old man without a gallbladder. They just fart away and don't care.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My male dog wolfs his food down so fast and I may look into getting one of those bowls. I've always given both of my dogs the broccoli stalks that I don't always use and they love it, but it does cause a stink :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mine love broccoli stalks, too! I guess it's the crunch they enjoy.

      Dogs really do love to eat fast. My boy dog eats slowly, but the girl just shoves her face in the bowl and ears as fast as possible. Then she stands around burping because she swallowed too much air! I've been breaking her meals up into smaller portions, but I need to get one of the specialty bowls, too. Her birthday (celebrated, not actual) is coming up, so I may get her one as a 'present.'

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      MissDoolittle 4 years ago from Sussex, UK

      This is a great hub. My dog currently eats his dinner in about 5 minutes and then has to rush outside and do his business - all the while burping and, later, farting. I think I will try to get one of those bowls, or be creative and use something like a muffin tin.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh, yes. The post-meal burping dog. It is sort of amusing, but a sign they just did something bad for them! Good luck getting your dog to slow down his eating.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      "Sometimes noxious surprises come in cute, furry packages. " What a great opening line! I don't have a dog, but I remember our family dog growing up would clear the room once in a while. This is a great topic and awesome hub. Voted up and sharing.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, donnah75! I'm glad you liked that line and really appreciate you letting me know. It made me smile =)

      Sadly, Luna is part German Shepherd, and German Shepherds are one of several breeds that are particuarly susceptible to digestive problems. My boy dog seems to have a stomach made of steel! Hardly anything phases him.

      Thanks for voting and sharing, too!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful advice, Natasha. Luckily my present dog doesn't have a flatulence problem, but a dog from my past did if I wasn't very careful with the food that I fed her!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Well, this is very interesting and it will surely help many pet owners to enjoy their dog much more. I think the same diet applies to humans.. he, he,he. Seriously, I can see how the change in food choices and the exercise would help a pet to digest well and decrease the flatulence.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, many of the foods that cause dog problems also cause human problems!

      It's funny how different dogs react differenty to foods. Just like some humans don't have issues with dairy as adults, but others do, some dogs are just more gassy than others! Congrats on having a non-stinky dog. =)

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Our old dog was a prize farter! We miss him so much, but fortunately we are now forgetting his farts ( five years on). They have a lasting effect so it's wonderful to read here that there are some things that would lessen the devastation. We walked him and fed him well, but I think he had a laugh every time he ruined the atmosphere.

      Voting, naturally!!!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahaha. I once knew a dog who, in his older years, just stunk up everything all the time. It's amazing what we will put up with from something furry and cute, isn't it?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you for the laugh at the really genuine problems some of us (or dogs) suffer. If it is really bad, Activated Charcoal also works on dogs, will wrap up the toxins and expel them without the body re absorbing the toxins! Thanks again. Voted up, interesting, useful and funny!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! That may be the second funny vote I've ever received.

      Activated charcoal works on dogs, too? Cool. Now if I can just trick her into eating it...

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      When my daughter was younger, one of her favorite books was "Walter the Farting Dog." It still makes us laugh! Good information presented on a humorous, but important topic.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahaha - that's a kids book? I had no idea. It would make me laugh, too! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

      Very good Hub!

      Interesting though I don't have a dog yet. I will have next year, so it's very good to know all this. Cats by the way can stink like dogs or maybe worse..LOL

      Voted up, shared and very Useful!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh, yes, cats can have a whole diffent type of stink!

      I hope you enjoy your dog to bel I love mine and think they're worth every shed fur and funny smell.

      Thanks for voting and sharing!

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      Val Swabb 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Good info, thanks. Add wheat to the list of things a dog cannot digest properly though. Another thing to consider when cost is the objection to the higher quality foods, your dog will only need to eat about half the amount, so the cost actually levels out some. They'll poo a whole lot less on the good food too. Thanks for the article!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That's absolutely true. Pedigree thinks they need 4 cups of food a day, but they only eat 2 cups of the higher quality food.

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      dogfond 4 years ago

      I used to have a dachshund and I remember that she had flatulence problem and it was terrible. Whenever she starts sitting beside us watching TV and all of a sudden we smell something not right we know its her.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Ahahaha. I know the feeling! My girl has calmed down a little recently, but she can be quite the stinker!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Funny but definitely with solutions. I like that. I don't have a dog but do have an old gassy cat. We chalk it up to her age. She can sure clear a room.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Ahaha. My girl is the stinky, snoring one, too! I've managed to get the gas down a bit, but the snoring can still get annoying. She loves to sleep on her back! I'm glad you enjoyed the mix of humor and practical advice =)

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