Dogs With Flatulence Problems.
Are you constantly pinching your nostrils because of your gassy dog? Flatulence in dogs is normal. When gas accumulates in the gastrointestinal tract, gas will be released. However, if your dog is releasing more and more gas, there could be something else going on.
Your dog’s diet
The most common and likely cause of gas is diet. Has your dog changed their diet recently? Some foods can be harder for dogs to digest. For example, dogs can find milk products harder to digest and as such, experience increased flatulence. Dogs can’t process all the foods we eat, so be sure you’re not feeding Fido off your dinner plate. If you’re unsure what your dog should be eating, talk to your vet. They may require a new diet
. Your vet will be able to recommend what’s best for your dog’s breed, age and size.
Another potential culprit is gulping up too much air. Just like when humans eat too quickly, dogs too can experience gas when eating too quickly. This is called aerophagia and is when dogs gulp down air when they are eating or drinking. You can try to slow down your dogs eating style by using puzzle feeders. This is where the dog needs to ‘find’ their food in the puzzle.
Other health issues
If your dog’s flatulence is unrelenting, there could be something else going on. Has there been a drastic increase in flatulence? Pay attention. Some health issues
such as bowel disease, parasites and various other issues can all cause gas. Keep an eye out for any other symptoms as well such as vomiting and diarrhea. Always talk to your vet who can carry out tests and ensure nothing more sinister is causing the flatulence.
Gas is a normal part of life! It happens to all of us. However, if you have any concerns you should always talk to your vet and ensure you are feeding your dog the correct diet. Of course, you also want to ensure your dog is healthy.