Dealing With Dog Flatulence

If your dog is farting a lot (or experiencing flatulence as it is known in politer circles) then it probably has to do with something the animal has eaten. Most of the time it is a fairly innocent symptom and not indicative of any disease or even of indigestion. Very rarely it can indicate an abdominal obstruction, which means that your dog may have eaten something it, shouldn’t have.  

However there can be warning signs that the farting is more than an occasional bad smell.) If vomiting, diarrhea or constipation accompanies the flatulence then take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as you can.  If it is diet that is causing the flatulence than you can try the following methods to try and get the problem under control.  First of all try to feed the pet more dry foods than wet foods. You can do this by mixing a bit of dry food with the wet and then over a series of days adding more and more dry food until he is off the wet food diet.   Your dog will probably not like this at first and there may be even more digestive upsets until he has adjusted to his new dry diet.  

Take your dog for a walk within an hour after feeding him. This will help get his gastric juices flowing and moving food through his digestive system.   At the very least if you dog is going to fart it is probably better that he or she do it outside anyway.  Make sure your pet is not eating rubbish from the trashcan.

Buy one of those trashcans with a pedal that keeps the lid down or buy a tall garbage can so the dog can’t get at it.  Stop feeding your pet scraps from the table as half the time it is human food that is causing the dog to fart.   Teaching your dog not to beg at the table is a start. Also talk to other soft hearted family members that may be feeding the dog behind your back.  

Reduce or eliminate dairy products (such as cheese) from your dog’s diet for a week and see if there is any improvement. Like humans, dogs can be lactose intolerant.  Try raising your pet’s food bowl by putting it on a small stool, table or even telephone book so that he does not have to bend down to eat. This helps him gulp less air when he swallows.  

If you have multiple dogs or other dogs in the house he may be gulping his food to finish it all before the others get it. Make sure he has his own bowl and separate feeding time so his gobbling does not cause him to ingest excess air that can cause flatulence.  If the flatulence really smells horrific or is every few minutes you should take the dog to the vet. It could have a digestive blockage, stomach intestine or some other kind of problem.