Help! My dog keeps farting!
“Hey, that wasn’t me!”
If you find yourself saying that one too many times around your dog and you’re wondering why he’s so gassy, here are some reasons why.
Your dog may have swallowed air, and the air has to come out somewhere.
While eating, your dog may gulp in air and whatever air he has swallowed has to come out somewhere. If it doesn’t come out as a burp, it will most likely come out as a fart. But fret not, they are usually odourless! Farts that smell just means that your dog’s digestive and intestinal systems are hard at work (and not to mention, healthy) breaking down plant fibres. The smell is largely due to the sulphur and methane that is produced by intestinal bacteria to aid in digestion; the smelly gas is merely a by-product of this process.
Also, if you have a short-nosed dog like a bulldog or pug, they’re more likely to breathe from their mouths and this leads to them swallowing excessive amounts of air.
Your dog may be eating too quickly.
When your dog gobbles up his meals too quickly, he probably swallows a lot of air, too. Slow him down by using bowls that will encourage him to take smaller and slower mouthfuls. You can also try placing kibble inside a treat ball instead.
Your dog’s diet.
Another possible reason for your dog’s gassiness is his diet. Foods with high starch and carbohydrates content can encourage flatulence. Try introducing a meat and protein premium diet to allow better absorption of nutrients – which means less farts and poop! But make sure to consult your veterinarian first if you’re considering a change in your dog’s diet.
Your dog may have intestinal worms.
Getting dewormed is important to keep your dog’s intestinal health in check so be sure to give your dog a broad-spectrum intestinal wormer every three months. Parasites in your dog’s belly may lead to serious digestive issues as well as flatulence. Vets may sometimes recommend pre- and probiotics to improve the bacterial flora in your dog’s intestines. Digestive enzymes are also another option to help improve absorption of nutrients.
To achieve overall well-being, ensure that your dog gets enough exercise. Every little helps, even a 30-minute walk a day will help with intestinal motility. And also, gas is better released out in the open and not when he’s beside you, no?
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