One of the many benefits of owning a dog, is that you always have someone to blame those unusual smells on. However, some dogs do appear to be particularly gassy. Read on for some hints on how to reduce flatulence in dogs.
Flatulence in dogs could happen for a number of reasons. Swallowed air if not burped up, has to come out somewhere. They can also produce excessive gas due to diet. There are certain foods that should be avoided and a number of options to try before you need to start wearing a gas mask in your own home.
And don’t worry, it is normal to fart, so you will still get the occasional parp. Of course it goes without saying that none of those farts are coming from the lady of the house. Ladies never fart, that one was definitely from the dog.
Why Does My Dog Fart ?
If your dog swallows lots of air while eating, that air has to come out somewhere, either through eructation (burping) or out the southern end. In most cases these farts are odourless. Gases produced by intestinal bacteria are more smelly, but only 1% of intestinal bacteria produces smelly sulphur or methane.
Dogs are not built to directly digest plant fibres, but the bacteria in their intestines breaks this down and gas is a by-product. The bacteria are essential to good gastrointestinal health and allow dogs to utilise nutrients they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.
If your dog produces lots of farts, take him to his Veterinarian for a check up as there could be something more concerning such as pancreatitis, liver disease, food allergy or a food intolerance that is behind all that wind. I would particularly worry if your dog also gets occasional diarrhea, sometimes refuses to eat or has intermittent vomiting.
Every dog is different and although we can recommend some basic principles here, there is no substitute for tailored Veterinary advice. Be aware that when you go to your Vet they will ask you lots of questions about poo, and don’t worry if we like you to bring in samples for us. We prefer chocolate of course, but we are happy to see what is coming out of your dog rather than just talk about it.
Eating Too Quickly
If your dog eats like it is going to be taken away from him, he can also ingest air. Feed dogs separately if there are dogs in competition, and split the food into smaller meals. Place an upturned bowl inside a larger bowl, so your dog needs to eat around the bowl and takes smaller mouthfuls.
Alternatively, you could look at a bowls that has projections inside the bowl to slow your dog down. A similar idea if your dog eats dry food, is to place the food in a treat ball.
What your dog eats can result in excessive wind and sometimes mild stomach upsets. If your dog frequently gets lots of variety, leftovers, and table scraps try keeping the diet plain for a few weeks to see if this improves things. Does your dog eat a poor quality diet? A diet high in soy, starches, corn and carbohydrates can favour gas production. Switch to a premium quality dog food with meat as the first ingredient not cereals. As a pleasant side-effect, because these diets are more readily digestible you will also have less waste out the other end.
You can also try switching to a low residue, easily digestible diet (the equivalent to just boiled chicken and white rice) and feed small meals frequently. Some dogs that have developed a mild food intolerance can often go back to a normal diet after 6 months or so, but just need some time off for gut rest. Before you do any diet changes, particularly if you are looking for a long-term solution and are home-cooking, consult with your veterinarian to ensure you are using a balanced diet.
All diet changes should be made gradually over at least 1 week, unless your Veterinarian advises otherwise. Some other ingredients that are known fart-makers are cauliflower, broccoli, peas, beans, cabbage and bread. In particular, any type of bean or legume really will make you pass gas. Lactose from cheese, milk and yoghurt can also cause excessive flatulence. Also avoid Carrageenan, which is a thickener and stabiliser found in many pet foods.
Flatulence in Dogs
Flatulence occurs when gas accumulates in your dog’s intestinal tract and colon. This is a normal process that occurs when bacteria break down certain types of food. While it can be disruptive and disconcerting, it is rarely indication of a severe health problem.
What Are Some Causes of Flatulence in Dogs ?
Dietary causes are the main source of flatulence in dogs. Low-quality foods with ingredients that can’t be fully digested can cause gas. So do random table scraps and foods containing lactose. Some animals may also have food sensitivities and allergies, too, so it’s important to find out what your dog’s stomach can and cannot handle.
Flatulence can also occur when a dog eats too rapidly and may swallow air.
How to stop dogs farting ?
If you’ve opened up Google and typed in the search box “How to stop dogs farting?” you must be pretty desperate by now. Well, we have some good news and some bad news…
We hate to break it to you but you will never be able to completely stop a dog from farting. After all, it’s just natural! The good news is that if your dog’s gas is noxious enough to clear a room, there are definitely ways you can improve the situation.
Why Do Dogs Fart ?
The dog digestive system
As when solving any problem, it’s important to start with why the issue has come about. Farting in dogs is mostly produced as a by-product of bacterial fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract.
Pet Education details the process of digestion in detail: When your dog eats their food it enters the mouth, passes down the oesophagus and goes into the stomach. The stomach has a series of structures called gastric folds that, along with acid and enzymes, help to break down food.
From here it passes through to the small intestine where enzymes and other secretions mix with food in order to digest it. The small intestine also features small projections called Villi, which help to absorb nutrients from your dog’s food. The large intestine is the next step where water is absorbed from faeces before it passes out of your dog’s anus. You’ll then notice a ‘present’ ready for you to pick up whilst out on your walk.
Gas builds up in the stomach and in the intestine during the digestion process; it passes through the digestive system to the large intestine and then is released as a fart.
If you’ve been slipping your pooch snacks under the table, it’s highly likely that these could be the cause of those noxious gasses. Foods high in fat and carbohydrates are not easily digested by dogs. They remain in the intestines, fermenting and producing gases like hydrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide.
So, if you let your dog try some of your chips or allow them to polish of the last of your Spaghetti Bolognese, don’t be surprised when they’re passing wind for the rest of the night.
Other foods that cause gas in dogs include:
– Out of date dog food
– Beans, in particular soy beans
– Milk and dairy
– Broccoli and cauliflower
– Table scraps
– Corn and starch
– Too many treats
What else helps with a gassy dog ?
Exercising your dog regularly is not only good for their mental well-being; it can also be a good thing for gas. Walking, running and playing help to prevent the accumulation of gas by encouraging your dog’s body to digest food and release gas. A good stroll around the park can help ‘let off some steam’ and the best part is the smells are released into the open.
Senior dogs seem to pass wind often. Their age doesn’t directly make them produce more gas but becoming older does often result in increased flatulence. Their digestive system slows down and they become less active, which can result in more farting. Just make sure they get some gentle exercise and feeding a probiotic supplement will support their digestive health.
It’s important to remember that a daily fart is quite normal… Healthy, even! Remember that if your dog does release a stink bomb, never shout at them. It’s likely that they didn’t even realise they did it.
Also, you may be tempted to douse the area with fragrant air freshener but household deodorisers often contain ingredients that are unsafe for both you and your dog to inhale. Some of the product could get in your dog’s eyes or land on their skin causing irritation. Look for a natural room or bedding spray that is non-toxic and safe for pets. Scoot your dog away from the area (if they haven’t run from the scene of the crime already) and spritz into the surrounding air.