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Green Fog: What's Up With My Farting Dog?

Updated on September 29, 2014
My stinky Sassafrass
My stinky Sassafrass

My God, Was That The DOG?

So, I was struggling with a bout of writer's block, agonizing over my next subject, when suddenly it hit me out of not-so-thin air. Sometimes, ideas come from strange places.

Today, the inspiration (an emanation) came to me on the barely detectable breeze. From beneath my desk, it wafted up from the black ball of fur near my feet, curled my toes and then my nose, and the room took on a greenish hue. And immediately I knew:

~~~~~~Dog farts!~~~~~~

Seriously, though, my beloved pooch ~~ the cutie-tootie you see here named Sassafras Tea (or Sassy for short) ~~ STINKS. I mean, not all the time, but, whew! It's been happening quite often lately.

And for a dog that's shared my bed for all of her thirteen years ~~ who likes to sleep with her tooshie towards my head ~~ well, this trend of producing prolific and potent amounts of what I call "green fog" is starting to become an issue.

So when I heard that funny little *pfffft* under the desk and then the product of the *pffft* reached my nose, I got up real quick and said, "Come on, Sass, let's go outside!" and rushed her to the door. She was all ready to play, but when I told her to go potty, she was like, what? She just stood there, looking at me, wagging.

Well, I left her out there to think about it for a bit while I did a little research on pooch flatulence, and I learned a thing or two. So allow me to share my new found intelligence with you ... along with dog fart reading material and products of course ... to hopefully help you rid your own home of such canine keester creations.


Dog farts
Dog farts

Canine Flatulence Explained

More than you probably ever wanted to know about dog farts....

I read that dogs fart more often when they age, when their intestines start losing their muscular tone. Hmpf. I beg to differ; my dog is still very toned! Although, I've never actually seen her intestines, so perhaps there's some truth to that after all.

And there are certain foods known to give dogs gas, like milk and other lactose products, raw vegetables, meat that's not fresh, and yesterday's leftovers, though different breeds can react ... well, differently. My Sassy is a mixed, mixed breed, meaning I'm quite sure she's the product of two very muttly mutts.

(By the way, that's not her heiny right there. Hers is still black and much smaller too.)

But anyhow...

Sometimes dogs get flatulent just by eating too quickly, which causes them to swallow too much air. One way to avoid this is by using a wide feeding bowl and crushing the food so the dog ingests smaller amounts at a time. That sounds reasonable enough. I can do that.

There are also products that can can be added to dog food to reduce canine farting, but these should be used only after consulting your veterinarian. Activated charcoal is one of those products, which absorbs the gasses that cause flatulence. These tablets are sold over the counter in most pet stores, but the down side is that activated charcoal can also rob the dog's body of the nutrients it gets from the food, so it should be used sparingly~~no more than two or three days at a time. But I think I'll opt for not using that at all, actually.

Ew!
Ew! | Source

Other Stinky Dog Solutions

That is, solutions for stinky dogs

Here are some other suggestions I came across in my research on how to eliminate, or at least reduce, dog farts:

  • Try giving the dog more exercise. This might move things along, at least, while your dog is still outside. (And even if it doesn't reduce the farting, it'll be good for the dog, not to mention the owner.)
  • Try adding a few tablespoons of plain yogurt to the dog food. (My dog's an occasional eater, meaning she doesn't gobble all her food at once, so yogurt in her dish would get yucky. That won't work.)
  • Try eliminating soy from the dog's diet. (Soy? My dog doesn't eat tofu!)
  • Try a better dog food, such as Ultra Adult Dog Food, that isn't made up of fillers. (Well, she is worth the money.)
  • And if the better food doesn't do the trick, you can try Prozyme Pet Formula, a digestive enzyme that helps older dogs digest food.


Meet Walter, The Farting Dog

This is the first in a series of books that star Walter and his many flatulent adventures. They say these books are for children, but I see no reason why adults aren't allowed to giggle, too. After all, they're usually the ones who read the books aloud, along with all the requisite sound effects.

From Amazon: Walter, an apologetic-looking dog adopted from the pound, passes gas morning, noon, and night, no matter what he eats, whether it's a 25-pound bag of low-fart dog biscuits, cat food, or fried chicken. On the bright side, "If Uncle Irv let one slip, he just went and stood near Walter." ..


You Can Even Own A Farting Walter

Choose the 8-inch or 18-inch plush pooch. The smaller the dog, the smaller the toots. Just squeeze and you'll see.

And the bonus is: no green fog! Hence, no nose-curling.


Air Fresheners For The Flatulent Dog Owner - That is, the owner of the flatulent dog

That is, the owner of a flatulent dog.

Because no matter what you do, dogs are gonna fart. You can open doors and windows, but in the cold weather especially, sometimes you need a little cover-up. Here are some ideas...

A THONG For Farting Dogs?

I kid you not. Check out The Dogone on StrangeNewProducts.com. It's an activated charcoal cloth that traps odors from the passing wind.

Nuh-uuuuh.

My Gassy Sassy

My Gassy Sassy
My Gassy Sassy

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      With two dogs, aged 11 and 12, I am familiar with this problem. I'm also aware it's very easy to blame the dog when someone who walks on two legs lets one go so I usually hold an enquiry when my partner accuses one of our dogs and I'm not so sure he's telling the absolute truth.

      Funny lens with useful information - 5* and lensrolled to three dogs related lenses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Uh, lovely, dear. (This is my wife. I'm so ... proud?)

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      LMAO...I have to go and get a Squidiaper....too !@ing funny.....did I tell you that you rock?

      btw......the green is perfect!

      Thanks!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      There was a boxer that James Herriot wrote about in The Lord God Made Them All, I think his name was Walter - and no one would take the dog because of his really bad problem which you mention above. Herriot found a new owner, who had no sense of smell. A happy ending. Blessed by an angel today

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh I did larff! As the owner of a big dog that has the ability to wake me from my slumber as the green fog drifts over her nostrils, actually it's not that funny.

      Angel emissions to you - of the blessings kind!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I so understand this stinky issue, My old girl, Abigail has developed the worst farts of any dog EVER! I mean it. We of course never discuss this in polite company but folks here actually understand! Thanks for the great suggestions. Wonderful lens.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Two words: Outside Pet. ;-)

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. Useful information.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely Hilarious :)

      I've got 2 'tooters' that will make you get up and leave the room.....and they sleep with me too. Did you know that Boxers are renowned farters? Even when they're still puppies. Very happy that you included some 'natural' ways to eliminate flatulence, so I could welcome you into the Dog Health Care group :)

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      jwooten80 7 years ago

      Oh my god! This is sooo funny! I totally understand...but we have kitty poots at our house! Five's all around, and adding you to my favorites! You have totally inspired me to be less inhibited in what I write in my lens!

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      rockrat 7 years ago

      You made me laugh. At the end of a long, tiring day - I thank you for that, Mam!

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      draik 7 years ago

      Thanks for joining All About Animals Group. Your lens was added to our feature module and it will appear randomly.

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      wanz 7 years ago

      Looooved it! Any dog owner should read this lens! I was wondering where you were going to go with this frm the title, but you managed to stick your affiliate stuff in very smoothly! I'm impressed!

      Wanz "Ancora Imparo" ( I am still learning)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! My dog doesn't fart as much, but I don't know if I've ever seen a dog that has as many bowel movements as mine. I think it might be the organic dog food!

      Thnx for your comments on my lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens and funny 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is hilarious!!! LOL

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      Rich 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Now, this had me rolling! As I'm not a dog owner, this is a problem that I thankfully don't have to cope with. 5*s for the laughs alone!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Oh dear -- is this politically correct? I mean do LADIES say FART? I don't, I never say the word FART -- my grandma never liked that word -- I think the word I remember from growing up in Cleveland was something like POOKED -- but I'm not sure. Talk about dog FARTS, you should catch what comes out of our friends great dane! Those are killers. And, you know what -- how about equal time for cat FARTS? Let me tell you, we've got a couple of country club cats that can clear a room. ;)

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      DAnnieB LM 7 years ago

      I have a dog named Sassy, too... she claims she never farts, the cat does it. But I know it's her, and I think this proves it.... thanks! My security word is sniffbot...how did they make it fart related?

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      Ayngel Overson 7 years ago from Crestone, Co

      Once again a kindred spirit - of sorts. Our Rottweiler can come close to killing us on bad days. (That funny sound you mentioned? We call it *whispers*)There are times he smells so bad that he wakes me up from a dead sleep! I've noticed the bigger the dog the worse the farts but... my little ten pount Roo has her own unique scent as well. It just sneaks up on you, something like onions and cooked cabbage. It doesn't smell quite as bad, but it sneaks up and makes your eyes water before you even realize you smell it.

      Gotta love our doggie companions...

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Funny Lens. I have one Tooting Grand Pup but I think it is from Chicken Strips or too many treats. We only say "Tooting" in our house, lol!

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      ClearlyChosen 7 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Now I know what we can look forward to when our pooch ages. Not that he needs to age actually to fart. Coz he already is pretty good at producing squirts that can clear a room and tear the eyes. As they all do, they will never admit it was them that cleared the room and with an innocent face, will follow everyone out just to check out what's up!

      I love this lens. Great fun!

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      Vladimir 7 years ago from Australia

      I suggest your trade your dog for a cat.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      [in reply to Vladi] Hey, Vlad. Thanks for stopping by. Thing is, I've had kitties. Loved 'em for all of their 18 years and beyond ... but they WERE stinky. And their litter box ... phew! I can recall many occasions where, from across the house, an aroma like none other greeted my husband and I in our bed first thing in the morning. So you lovely felines still have your moments.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This is another of your great stories ideas which become even greater on a second read. It's a fine example of how ordinary events in our day can be turned into a top class anecdotal lens. Blessed by an Angel today (squidoo.com/october-blessings)

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      NatureMaven 7 years ago

      The good thing about having a pet that farts is that you can always blame your own emissions on the furry critter as long as you are both in the same geographic proximity. Science has proven this. ;) *****

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      Jack2205 7 years ago

      My sister's Boston Terrier farts more than my dog. Dogs with short flat noses like Boston Terriers, Boxers, and Bulldogs fart more than dogs with longer noses.

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for educating me on this topic. I'd rather my dog poop around me any day than a human. Dogs don't know better so its alright for them to pollute their environments and my air with their farts! Not a human..I'll kick a storm..ewfff This lens was fun-smiled from beginning till end. Well schemed and blended.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Was a fun read. I have dogs all my life and we had a greyhound that could peel paint. I was unaware age could be a contributing factor. Interesting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Well, our Bulldog is the Flatulence Queen and boy can she let one rip! This is too funny.

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      Home Interior D 7 years ago

      Very humorous lens but with good information too. I wonder if the same solutions will work with a gaseous cat.

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      betterhealthfordogs 7 years ago

      Very Very funny, yes doggie gas can be such a blast to the sinuses. You mention many great ways to reduce the gas. I am not siure of what you are doing now however I would love to help. Goto http://betterhealthfordogs.com/blog/promo and take advantage of one free months supply of digest all. My pupuses it and she was very gassy, now down to a minimal and tolerable function.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Funny but important information. My dog rarely farts but I have a cat which loves to jump on me turn herself til her rear end faces my nose and then let out a gaseous equation as though it is a present. It happens so quickly and she does it usually when I am busy or preoccupied. Great lens, top marks lensrolled and featured on PetsHealth

      Norma

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Our dog never seemed to fart until we adopted a second dog - and although we leave out enough treats for both of them, they both rush to see who can grab the rawhide chews the quickest so now they both get gas. It like living with a pair of skunks some times.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      No way - I love the t-shirts, but my dogs are so big, they wouldn't fit them, I swear when one goes the other says 'that the best you can do' and then goes too! nightmare. What a fabulous lens, made me smile all the way through.

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      Dogs fart, it's a fact - all animals do. And it does get worse as they get older. But if it smells really bad - it's usually something they've eaten - just like humans. Many dogs can't stomach cheap foods well - and I don't say this to sound like a dog food snob, because you don't have to buy top end, really expensive dog food either.

      Best thing to do is get to know your dog, my Blade really makes some stinks if we get him the food with tripe in it.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      laughed my way through this lens! LOL

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      TrainedDog 6 years ago

      Very funny but so true. My dobe years ago was like that. Finally ended up giving her bottled water and it worked. No more paint peeling off the walls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hilarious! Any dog owner can identify with this lens. I've found the yogurt cure does work when my dogs get gassy, but I don't mix it with their food, I just feed it to them with a spoon. A couple of tablespoons for the 40 pound one, four or so tablespoons for the 80+ pound one, once a day for a couple of days and the gas problem is cured. (and the kind that's advertised to help regularity does work best, but any kind will do) My dogs love it, so there's no problem getting them to eat it.

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      Steven Cousley 5 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Thanks for the laugh. Needed that after a tough day today.

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      yayas 5 years ago

      When I read your description on 'Green Fog' I laughed an' laughed. Don't you see? Sassy is doin' her part for the environment; she's goin' 'Green.' What a considerate pup you have.

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Hahahahaha.That's so funny.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      ROFL. love this lens! I have a teacup yorkie that emits green fog a lot! She is not that healthy so it's not surprising. I do give her yogurt and she loves it. I'm laughing while typing. Sassy is so cute!

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      flashgordontags1 5 years ago

      I liked your lens just for the title. ROFL!

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      flashgordontags1 5 years ago

      I liked your lens just for the title. ROFL!

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      Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

      Funny lens. Good job.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I giggled so hard that I almost fell off my chair. Lately my travels on squidoo seem to be taking me to the strangest places. Dog farts was somewhere I never expected to find myself this morning. Have a truly wonderful day.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Love your lens...we have an English Bulldog that once cleared a room (at the time he was on a high protein, grain-free food and it made his farts noxious). Just a suggestion, but about 3 years ago we began feeding him regular "people" food instead of dog food and now (when he does fart...which is much less frequent now) it passes quickly without any hanging green fog..

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Love your lens...we have an English Bulldog that once cleared a room (at the time he was on a high protein, grain-free food and it made his farts noxious). Just a suggestion, but about 3 years ago we began feeding him regular "people" food instead of dog food and now (when he does fart...which is much less frequent now) it passes quickly without any hanging green fog..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOVE this lens! My dalmatian Zola has been so gassy lately, and hers could wipe out a village!! You can see pictures of her on my Dalmatian lens!

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      readabooki 4 years ago

      Love the name of the lens

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      readabooki 4 years ago

      Love the name of the lens

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      ha ha ha Snausages makes my dog fart...but she LOVES to eat them!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Really cute article! Amazing what one can find on Squidoo. :-)

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Chicken farts are by far the worst ones from dogs. I do speak with the voice of experience on this. There may be some worse caused by some exotic foods, but chicken makes the nastiest smelling dog farts around.

      TonyB

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Gasst Snassy is THE BIZ. Laugh??? I almost .... (oh enough already ...) All my animals hug you!

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      missBorokwa 4 years ago

      this is a good lens-i like your way of approaching it,my older dog sometimes also,ahem,well gets gassy,then looks up with those" I didn't do it" eyes. exercise definitely helps,and less leftover food.

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      mariacarbonara 3 years ago

      Great dog... stinky problem!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This was the best laugh we had all day! Love the Dogone THONG! And, we can totally relate having had our two beautiful pooches at our feet this morning experiencing that same 'green fog'. Great stuff!

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      trying2Bhealthy 3 years ago

      Great lens. Our Rottweiler can clear the room!

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      QuizSquid 3 years ago

      Funny lens. I've had that with our cat a couple of weeks ago. I don't know what he got into, but it wasn't cat food.

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