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When bad gas happens to good dogs
Some people thing it's funny when dogs pass gas, but the smell is certainly not anything to laugh at. In addition, gas can sometimes be a symptom of another underlying issue that needs veterinary attention.
Flatulence is most commonly caused by a dog eating too fast. When this happens, the pooch swallows too much air, leading to the gas later on. Other dietary issues can also be to blame. Certain foods – whether designed for dogs or not – can cause gas and diarrhea. However, if the gas is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting or loss of appetite, you should see your vet to rule out an infection or illness, the news source reports.
If illness has been ruled out, it may be time to try some other techniques when feeding your dog. If you suspect that the gas is being caused by the speed of your pooch's mealtimes, try feeding it smaller portions of food at a time or use a specially-designed obstacle dish to make it slow down.
Another option is to switch up its food, the publication reports. Many pet foods that are loaded with grain fillers can cause gas. These types of ingredients do not offer any nutritional value to your pooch and instead cause gastrointestinal upset. High-quality foods such as Petcurean Now! Grain Free Dry Dog Food or Wellness CORE Ocean Formula Dry Dog Food may be better choices. Both of these options are made with all-natural meats and fresh fruits and veggies instead of rendered oils, grains and other chemical preservatives.
They also contain probiotics and pre-biotics, also known as "good" bacteria that can work to essentially clean out your pooch's colon. This can stop the gas altogether, or may help it not smell so bad. If you can't find a food that contains these ingredients, supplement your dog's diet with NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics, a powder form of the bacteria, or Fast Balace-G.I. In addition to containing the bacteria, this supplement boasts healthy enzymes and B vitamins that can normalize the pooch's gastrointestinal tract within 24 hours.
Some dogs are more prone to gas than others, according to the news outlet. Boxers, French bulldogs and Boston terriers are some that may suffer (or make you suffer) more than others. In this case, starting the pooch on supplemental pet meds may be the best way to nip the problem in the bud.