Everyone laughs at a gassy dog, but have you tried living with one? A champion gaser can clear a room in seconds. Bella has improved since she went from kibble to raw food but she still runs to get away from her stinkbombs.
Are you tired of passing out gas masks to your guests? Let’s explore and see if this is a health issue, if there are steps you can take to reduce gas, and if it’s breed related.
Gas is usually a good news/bad news situation. First of all, we all need to understand that for dogs, cats, and people a little bit of gas is a normal by-product of digestion. That’s the bad news. The good news is it rarely is a sign of a serious health problem.
So how much gas is normal? Well…. some amount of GI noise is OK, a little gurgling, some burping, and a few daily poofs (smelly or not) are in the realm of ordinary. What is abnormal is excessive volume or odor. If you have to open the window or have looked on Amazon for gas masks, that’s not normal.
Here are a few steps you can take that may reduce your pets “tailwind” problem. First, be sure you are feeding your pet high-quality premium food. Meat (not meat by-products) should be the first ingredient. Look for little to no soybeans, peas, beans, or fermentable fiber on the ingredient list. Don’t feed Fido or Kitty Tom table scraps or dairy products.
If your dog gulps their food down in seconds, get a special dog dish that will slow them down; fast eaters gulp air, and they get more flatulence. If your cat eats fast feed them more frequent but smaller meals. Certainly, some dog breeds are more prone to gulping air. Dogs with short noses like Boston Terriers, Boxers, Pugs, and Bulldogs swallow more air as they eat and often have more “raspberries” after a meal.
Lastly, if you’ve tried all of the above and you’re still holding your nose, your pet could have a medical issue. It’s probably time to have a chat with your vet to find out if your dog/cat has a GI irritation, food sensitivity, or some other medical problem.
I hope we’ve cleared the air a bit about Fido gas and cat chirps, feel free to invite company over again!
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