It used to be thought that dog farts were the norm and nothing could be done – it was just a dog being a dog.
Many people even thought that it was an indication of good digestion. Today we know that excessive gas in dogs is really indicative of an imbalanced digestive tract. When there is a great deal of undigested material in the digestive tract, excessive fermentation takes place. This is what causes flatulence in dogs. Plus while occasionally it’s not something that should bother us as dog lovers, a dog farting continuously can be far from pleasant.
In this article, we will explore the reasons why proper digestion may not take place, and we will offer solutions to address the distressing problem of flatulence in dogs. Read on to learn more.
Good Health Depends On Good Diet
What is the best dog food for gassy dogs? Feeding the wrong kind of food is the usual culprit when it comes to excessive gas in dogs. Commercial dog food is the canine equivalent of processed food for humans. It is a food-like substance made primarily of grain and meat byproducts (e.g, ground bones, feathers, talons, beaks and other slaughterhouse throwaways). Grain is not a natural food for dogs, and low-quality, discarded meat products are not a desirable food.
The healthiest diet for a dog consists of raw foods (both meat and vegetables) and raw bones. It may take a bit of experimenting to find exactly the right meats and veggies for your dog Some dogs are sensitive to meats that are high in arachidonic acid, such as bison and Buffalo. For these dogs, chicken, turkey and/or lamb may be good choices.
Make Changes Gradually And One At A Time
As you strive to devise the perfect diet and a dog flatulence remedy, pay close attention to his or her reaction to various types of foods. If you notice that a certain type of food seems to cause flatulence or other negative results, eliminate it from the diet for a while. After a couple of weeks have passed, experiment with reintroducing a small amount of the food. If your dog reacts again, you will know that this food should be eliminated.
Monitor Your Dog’s Diet Closely
Be sure that everyone is on the same page regarding your dogs diet. Don’t let relatives or well-meaning strangers sneak off limits treats such as chips, cheese, bread and other grain, milk or junk containing foods to your dog.
Encourage Natural Digestive Enzyme Production
Even with the best diet, there are dogs who are not able to produce an adequate amount of enzymes and digestive acids. The digestive process begins in the mouth and goes through a number of steps throughout the stomach and intestines.
The pancreas plays a very important role in proper digestion, as does the stomach. If there are problems with the pancreas and/or stomach, the production of gastric acid and pancreatic enzymes will be decreased. This may cause your dog to experience diarrhea and/or dog farts.
As a home remedy you can try giving a tonic of apple cider vinegar. Mix a very small amount into your dog’s food. Half a teaspoon may be enough. Begin with a small amount and increase it to as much as one and a half teaspoons if needed. If you don’t see improvement within a few days, see your vet.
Occasional Digestive Enzyme Supplements May Help
Used temporarily, digestive enzyme supplements may be helpful. It’s not a good idea to feed your dog digestive enzymes on a regular basis because this will cause your dog’s natural digestive enzyme production to decrease. As occasional support, however, high quality digestive enzymes that contain bromelain and papain may be helpful.
Avoid Using Antacids
Some people believe it’s a good idea give dogs who have poor digestion antacids. This is not really necessary, though. Antacids are effective when dogs have ulcers; however, this is very rare. Ulcers are usually the result of a highly processed diet or excessive use of anti-inflammatory drugs. For this reason, it’s better not to give your dog antacids and less specifically directed to do so by your veterinarian.
Probiotics Support Good Digestion And Strong Immune Function
Proper digestion is dependent upon bacterial micro-flora. A good balance of beneficial bacteria aids digestion and improves immune function. In fact, the immune system is strongly dependent on good bowel function, and diverse and thriving microflora ensure excellent bowel function.
Excessive starches and grain in a dog’s diet cause carbohydrate fermentation. This creates an imbalance of the micro-flora in the bowels. The result is flatulence. Excessive use of antibiotics can also cause this problem.To counter this problem, you must supplement your dogs diet with probiotics.
It is important to note that dairy products will also cause flatulence in dogs. This includes yogurt, so don’t make the mistake of giving your dog yogurt in an effort to increase probiotics and micro-flora. Instead, see your vet for recommendation of proper probiotic supplementation.
A Chiropractor Or A Physical Therapist May Be Able To Help Your Dog
You may be surprised to know that your dog’s digestion may benefit from chiropractic treatments. Some vets offer chiropractic treatments, and conversely, some chiropractors treat pets. Adjustment to the intervertebral space located just past your dogs last rib can be very beneficial. This is the 13th intervertebral space. Other crucial areas that should be checked are L4,L6,L7 and T 13.
Some Dog Breeds Have Poor Digestion
You should be aware of the fact that it is possible to do everything right and still have a flatulent dog. This is because some breeds simply are prone to having digestive problems. Herding dogs specifically tend to have weak digestive systems because they have been selectively bred to have a low appetite. Some examples of these gassy dogs are:
* Burmese Mountain Dogs* German Shepherds* Border Collies* Poodles
Even if you do have a dog that is predisposed to poor digestion, following the advice presented here will help reduce the problem.
Patience And Persistence Will Pay off
Caring for a gassy dog that suffers from poor digestion can be frustrating and difficult. It can also take quite a bit of time to devise just the right combination of diet, supplements and treatments to address the problem. You can take heart in the knowledge that good research and consistent implementation will go far to resolve the issue and help you and your dog enjoy a happier life together.