Why is my dog gassy and what can I do?

Sep 21, 2023

Let's dive into the fascinating world of dog gas and explore why our furry friends can occasionally let go of a little air.
If you've ever found yourself wondering, "Why is my dog so gassy” then this blog is for you.

We'll explore the various factors that contribute to dog gas. From dietary choices to certain health conditions, there can be a few reasons why our canine companions may experience a bit of extra air in their digestive systems.

So, if you're ready to uncover the secrets behind your dog's occasional odorous emissions, let's get started!

Dog Flatulence: it's more common than you think.

Dog gas, also known as dog flatulence, is a common issue that many pet owners encounter.
Flatulence occurs when gas builds up in your dog's intestinal tract and colon and needs to be released.

It's those moments when your pup lets out an unexpected toot that can leave you both surprised and slightly amused.

But what causes this phenomenon?

The problem could be blowing right up your nostrils!

What goes into your dog's body has a big influence on what comes out!  Flatulence is usually caused by your dog eating something new – either a change in diet, or a food that they weren't meant to eat- we all know how resourceful they can be in finding forbiden snacks!

Dietary factors could contribute greatly to your dog’s gas issue. Different ingredients such as soybeans, dairy products and high-fat diets can influence those smelly, ‘stop traffic’ kind of clouds.

As a rule, the less processed food, the better! Highly processed foods are those that are altered in extreme ways (through cooking at high temperature) and tend to change the original ingredient's make up, as well as its original benefit. Think commercial dog food, kibble and industrial treats. They tend to be high in calories and low in fibre, which can make them harder to digest and in turn lead to today’s stinky topic.

Dog food rich in lean proteins that are easily digestible and veggies rich in fibre, keeps your dog's digestive system running smoothly. That means better poos and less tooting!

You can enlist the help of probiotics to alleviate gas, especially if your dog is transitioning between foods or coming out of an upset stomach.


Let’s look at Eating Habits: Managing Your Dog's Eating Behaviour to Reduce Gas

Another common reason for excessive gas is air being swallowed excessively by your furry hoover!

Luckily, swallowing air while gulping down food can be greatly reduced with a few simple tricks.

One effective solution is using slow feeder bowls. These specially designed feeding devices have ridges or obstacles that make it harder for your pup to gulp down their food. By slowing down their eating pace, they'll be less likely to swallow excess air, resulting in reduced gas.

Another helpful tip is to control their portions. Just like humans, dogs can benefit from having the right amount of food at each meal. Overeating can lead to difficult digestion and more farts.

By measuring out their portions and sticking to a consistent feeding schedule, you can not only prevent them from overeating but also minimize the chances of gulping air (pawsitive side effect- slim, healthy, and happy pup!)

Our Doggy Grub meals come in 3 handy sizes to fit small, medium and large dogs- simply tear open and serve.

Remember, managing your dog's eating behaviour takes time and patience. It's important to observe their habits closely and adjust as needed.
With a little effort and the right tools, you can help your furry friend enjoy mealtime without the consequence of a G-bomb!

Clearing the Air: When to seek veterinary care for your dog's farting problem?

Remember, while occasional flatulence is natural, persistent or excessively smelly gas, even after you have switch diet, is not normal and could be a sign of underlying issue such as colitis, IBS or a tummy infection.

Always keep an eye out for any changes in your dog's behaviour, appetite, or overall health, and don't hesitate to consult your veterinarian to investigate further.

Inhale, Exhale, and Wag On!

And there you have it- the ultimate guide to the world of dog flatulence! 

We've braved the breezy subject, unearthing the reasons behind those
unexpected toots and discovering some tips to help both you and your furry friend sail through the gas-related adventures with grace.

So, the next time your pup lets one rip and leaves you wondering if a tiny tornado just passed through, take a deep breath and embrace the comedic side of being a dog parent.

Keep that windows open and the air freshener handy!


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