Just like humans, gas and flatulence can be experienced by our canine buddies. It can be a bit disturbing, stinky, and unpleasant to them and to us, even if the gas formation is only a natural result of some digestive process or effect.
Here are four different causes of dog gas, how they are formed and how to treat each one and also to prevent it from happening, or at least lessen its frequency of occurrence.
1. Too much fermentation of bacteria – There are some dogs with stomachs that can only properly digest certain foods, but not other kinds of foods. There are some substances in their diet that cannot be digested well; for example, soy products, lactose, peas, beans and related foods cannot be easily digested by adult dogs.
Solution: Give your dog some foods which are lower in fiber. You can also try feeding him enzymes, if the flatulence is quite often and much more extreme than normal.
2. Aerophagia (excessive swallowing of air) – this happens when your dog eats too hastily and munches large bites of food. Air comes along with the gulping down of the food and eventually enters your dog’s digestive system and passes as gas. .
Solution: Try lessening and balancing your dog’s mealtime intervals, by not allowing him to eat too much or too little. Keep his diet regular, by feeding him more frequent meals, but in small amounts.
3. Changes in diet – this occurs when your dog is introduced to a new diet or a new set of foods. Often times, his stomach is not completely ready for the change which can lead to digestive upsets which in turn leads to doggie poots.
Solution: you should introduce a new food or diet to your dog slowly and gradually, beginning in small amounts, and gradually adding until your dog gets used to it.
4. Gastrointestinal disease – if none of the above seem to be helping the matter, the cause might actually be due to a disease in his digestive system.
Solution: You might want to discuss it with your vet and see if he or she thinks it’s worth an office visit.
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