Preventing Gas in Dogs: Tips to Reduce Dog Farts
Sometimes, man's best friend can seem like a loaded gun pointed straight at you. Almost every dog owner has experienced it at one point or another; the day Fido had some serious indigestion. However, when trying to breathe through noxious gas is part of your nightly television routine, it's time to consider what could be causing flatulence in your dog. Believe it or not, there are some quick, simple fixes that could help reduce your dog's farting episodes to rarities. Below are some of the most common reasons for gas in dogs, and their solutions.
What your dog eats is the biggest influence on what comes out. Check the ingredients of your dog's food. If it contains soy, peas, or beans, you have probably found the source of the gas. Soy is especially notorious for causing 'dogfarts,' and is an ingredient in many cheap dog foods.
Also avoid feeding a dog milk and excessively fatty foods. Dogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest milk or milk products properly. This includes cheese and ice cream! Dogs are best kept on a healthy raw diet or on high-quality kibble. A good brand that is not very expensive is Taste of The Wild.
Inhaling air might not sound like something you want to discourage. It is, after all, sort of how your dog stays alive. But taking in too much air during a meal not only encourages a fatal condition called Bloat, it also leads to an increase of gas in your dog's system. This is most often seen in dogs who scarf down their food like wolves are on the way to steal it. It's important to slow them down, but how?
My favorite method is to use bowls specially designed for this. Physically slowing a dog down will make him eat more carefully and remain calm while eating. This will help keep his intestines a happy place!
Lack of Exercise
Sometimes, we just have to work that buildup out! Getting your dog outside and running is a great way to clear his intestines out without being trapped in a room with him. If you notice your pup quietly dropping stink bombs at your feet, take it a sign to go get some exercise. Fat dogs are much more likely to have gas issues, so keep your dog trim!
Be sure to take a fecal sample in to your annual vet checkup. The waste will be checked for parasites in your dog's gut, which could be causing abnormal gas along with other damage. This is probably the least common reason for dog farts, but it is one to look into if you have run out of other ides.
Some breeds are simply more prone to gas than others. This is true of larger dogs and short-nosed breeds especially. In fact, as I typed that last sentence, my Boxer just let loose a little toot. Boxers are renowned for their stinky emissions- a product of the short nose that causes them to gulp down air. Thankfully, if your dog was born to be foul, the above steps will still help mitigate the damage.
And yet, despite everything I do for her, my Boxer just tooted again. Woe!
Activated charcoal can help a stinky dog by absorbing gas in his digestive tract. However, this is not a lasting remedy, as the charcoal also absorbs nutrients from your dog's food. Canned pumpkin- with no added sugar or seasonings, is also a good way to settle an upset stomach and is harmless to your dog.
They may not have the decency to avoid farting in public, but dog gas shouldn't have to alienate a pooch from his family. With these simple steps, hopefully your dog will be on the path to a happier and healthier life: one as pleasing to the heart as it is to the nose.