Quit blaming the dog for that nasty smell and do something about Fido’s eye-watering flatulence!
Hey, we’ve all done it, so no judging here—that old trick of blaming the family dog for your not-so-secret fart is a timeless standard. But sometimes, it really is the dog! And on occasion, that dog is exceptionally windy. All pooches poot on occasion, but if your pup can clear a room with gag-inducing odors, then it’s time that you took notice. This stinky issue might be telling you something more than your nose can pick up on.
If your dog’s tooting is totally out of control, here’s what you can do to clear the air:
There are dogs out there who attack a bowl of food like they’ve never eaten before. Dogs that devour vittles in record time often have gassy issue. That’s because they tend to swallow air as they’re eating, which leads to an increased amount of gas. If your dog Hoovers his food, you should consider buying a special food bowl that encourages slower eating. There are plenty of makes and models online and in stores, so you won’t have any problems finding a bowl that fits your dog’s needs.
Dog flatulence problems may be a sign of his diet. Foods such as dairy, excessive beans or legumes, spicy foods or fatty foods can lead to excess gas in your pooch. Or the gas may be caused by an issue with food absorption. This means you should switch your dog to a high-quality food that’s highly digestible and low in fiber. If you’re planning to make a change in your dog’s diet, do it gradually, as a rapid switch in diet can bring on digestive problems and extra gas.
The Honest Kitchen makes a great digestion supplement for cats and dogs called Perfect Form that can help with the transition to a new food and lessen any smelly byproducts.
Time to get off the couch and go for a long walk with your dog. A few extra pounds could be the cause of increased dog flatulence. Even if he’s eating healthy, an overweight dog who doesn’t get enough exercise will be gasser than a slimmer canine. The best way to cut out gas problems and quit him from continuously cutting the cheese, you’ll have to make sure your pooch loses some weight, through increased exercise and a calorie-controlled diet.
Underlying Medical Issues
Serious gas issues, when paired abdominal pain, diarrhea or loss of appetite, could be indicative of a more serious medical problem. Medical conditions that can cause dog flatulence include inflammatory bowel disease, tumors, internal parasites and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. You should rule out anything serious to begin with, particularly if the gas problem has only started recently and your dog hasn’t had any recent dietary changes. Once an underlying issue has been ruled out, you can tackle the usual suspects.
There’s a lot of talk out there about giving your dog probiotics—pros and cons. The issue is being debated among professionals, but if you’re stuck for a solution to this windy issue, there’s no harm with adding probiotics to your dog’s diet. Adding more of the good bacteria to your dog’s GI tract might be just what your canine needs to balance his system. Check out The Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated goat’s milk, Pro Bloom, for a natural source of probiotics and digestive enzymes. Make sure that you’re giving him a high-quality probiotic that’s suitable for dogs and always ask your veterinarian for recommendations and advice.