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Dog flatulence and how to tackle it 2011-09-09

Believe it or not, ‘dog farting’ is one of the most searched for dog related terms on the internet – even more so than ‘dog flatulence’!

Anyway, call it what you like, dog flatulence can be an embarrassing problem, particularly in larger breed dogs. I have a very gentle and elderly Great Dane called Dexter, who really knows how to let his presence be known, particularly when guests are around.

What are the causes and the solutions for dog flatulence?

Well, pretty much the same as what causes human flatulence:

  1. Eating or gulping food to fast
    Dog s that rush there food, take in a lot of air at the same time. There are now clever dog bowls that help slow down the consumption of food by making it difficult for them to get large mouthfuls (see ‘Related Products’ below). You may also want to try changing feed times and frequency i.e. from 1-2 times a day, to 2-3 times a day. Also, simple walk within 30 minutes of eating can help move those gasses along more quickly, allowing him to emit them outdoors.
  2. Eating human food.
    Feeding your dog scapes from the dinner plates is very tempting when they look at you with their big wide eyes. Well, if you have a dog flatulence problem, then this needs to stop, particularly if the scraps are foods like beans, sprouts, peas, soy, dairy, peas, beans and fruit. etc. Probiotics (or ‘friendly bacteria’) can also help with digestion, but use a high-quality dog probiotic or a herbal remedy that is suitable for dogs (see related items below).
  3. Eating poor quality food
    One of the biggest factors in dog flatulence is poor quality dog food. In my experience, this is one area where I find the more expensive it is, the better it is. I use Burns and Arden Grange, but there are some other good ones out there. Although, neither of these completely solves Dexter’s flatulence. So if you, have had good results with certain foods, let us know below.
  4. Medical Problem
    You cant rule out a medial problem when it comes to dog flatulence. So if it is excessive and persists for a prolonged period, or your dog is showing other signs of illness, I would suggest you consult your vet. It's important to ensure that your dog has been checked for fleas and ticks, a dog with fleas and ticks will have a nervous disposition which can contribute to flatulence -Frontline for Dogs is a good product to use for getting rid of fleas and ticks.

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Carolyn
2011-10-04

Since feeding my dogs more raw meat and less of the dry complete foods known as 'junk' food, (dogs would not eat coocked or dry food in the wild so why do we give it to them) they do not break wind as much...........
Thank you,
Carolyn

Sue
2012-03-19

I feed my dog home made food, 1/2 cup broken rice (tesco own value brand £5/10kg), 1 cup mixed frozen veg (again tesco value) cooked for 10 mins (or I add veg scraps if I cook that day, carrot and other peelings) and add a cup of raw minced chicken carcass my butcher sells ready to use. Add some flax oil and codliver oil, wait to cool, serve. Almost no gasses. With tinned food life was very smelly indeed.

seamouse
2012-04-23

My dog has quite bad flatulance and i have been giving him the " old fashioned " very small lump of coal every day which he thoroughly enjoys, and guess what!! NO FLATULANCE
Thankyou Nan xx

Maggie
2012-04-25

Both my Goldies gulped their food and, as a result, we experienced them passing wind every evening! Since purchasing a bowl called the slow-feeder (a bowl with three "knobs" in it causing them to eat more slowly) we have had no anti-social
flatulance. Would highly recommend these if your dog eats too quickly and takes in too much air.

Kirsty
2012-06-30

Burns sensitive dry food worked a treat with our terrier, we rarely have any farts these days :)

Polli
2012-07-30

I couldn't agree more. My dogs eat food, dried in kibble form, from the brother of a well known High Street brand which specialises in no nonsense, nutritionally excellent food. We no longer have flatulence, weight problems or smelly breath. I buy direct from George Burns and my dogs love it. The food is always being researched to bring out the best in the dog. The next best feed to totally natural.

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