Does Your Puppy Fart a Lot? When to Worry

In dogs, flatulencies are a common problem affecting all types of dogs, no matter whether they are large or miniature dog breeds. The problem is the same for everyone and its causes as well.

However, the breeds most prone to serious gas problems are Bulldogs, Boxers, Rottweilers, Bulldogs.

Flatulence can be caused by a variety of issues that we will see below. Also, here you will find some suggestions to remedy your dog’s gaseous problem.

Causes

As in people, gases in dogs are often given by ingesting air. Typically, it is the result of gobbling up food instead of taking the time to chew it. However, flatulencies are also related with few illnesses, which are worth mention, as follows:

Food-related causes

The problem may be from food intolerance or some other illness. If the problem persists or you notice symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of appetite, do not hesitate to take it to a veterinarian.

Gastrointestinal disease

Certain medical conditions could increase flatulence in dogs, including gastrointestinal disorders that involve poor absorption of nutrients from the intestine. Poorly absorbed nutrients stimulate fermentation in the colon, creating excessive, foul-smelling gas.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

The gastrointestinal tract is infiltrated with inflammatory cells that alter the intestines’ environment and alter the normal microflora (friendly bacteria).

This could cause bacterial overgrowth that inhibits the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients. In pets with IBD, flatulence is one of the least problematic symptoms, as these animals often suffer from weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and protein loss.

Intestinal parasites like giardia and parvoviruses could also cause flatulence in dogs by altering the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Antibiotic therapy

Antibiotics kill friendly bacteria along with pathogenic bacteria, which could contribute to flatulence.

Caution

In all the causes mentioned-above, our recommendation is to take your dog to the veterinarian to discard any further medical condition.

Veterinarians are experts, and they will give you’re the necessary and proper treatment. However, here you will find some homemade remedies which can contribute to your dog’s health.

Homemade remedies

  • Probiotics

Foods with a high concentration of good bacteria are known as probiotics. Although the ‘good bacteria,’ such as lactobacillus, is naturally present in our dog’s intestines, the lack (or reduced amount) could increase the flatulence.

Moreover, these bacteria have a beneficial affecting your dog’s immune system since they prevent the appearance of bad bacteria. Offer your natural dog sources of probiotics, like yogurts without sugar nor preservatives.

The recommended dose is one tablespoon (soup) for every 44 lbs of dog’s body weight, 2 to 4 times a week.

  • Prebiotics

The ‘good bacteria’ mentioned above needs food, meaning plant-based nondigestible fiber (prebiotics).

The fiber’s contribution to the equilibrium of the intestinal flora and fortification of the immune system is beyond question. Also, its presence improves digestion while helping to avoid gastrointestinal problems. You can find natural fiber supplements at most health food stores.

  • Turmeric

Unlike other plant roots, turmeric has the potential to be extremely beneficial for your dog. However, its consumption has to be controlled because it can produce secondary effects in some dogs. The benefits are widely known, anti-inflammatory, anti-glycemic, and antioxidant properties, to name a few.

Turmeric also has positive digestive attributes. It stimulates the stomach activity, facilitating the intestinal transit, and eliminating the chances of gas creation. It does not exceed the maximum dose of 60 mg per day.

  • Cinnamon

This historical spice s not only delicious but also offers several health benefits for dogs and humans alike. For instance, it contributes to digestion, the relaxation of the intestinal muscle spasms, and inhibits the formation of flatulencies.

Please avoid giving your dog more than half a teaspoon a day to prevent secondary effects.

  • Chamomile

It is one of the most superb and advantageous herbs for dogs. It is widely used for humans intestinal problems and stress reduction.

In dogs, the results are the same, and it is highly regarded and in natural veterinarian medicine. An infusion of two tablespoons a day will reduce the formation of gases in your dog’s intestines.

Prevention

Although very common in dogs, the presence of flatulencies is not to be considered normal. If you, as a dog owner, notice its presence, please visit the veterinary. However, if your dog has not yet presented any gases, here are some recommendations for avoiding this problem.

The diet

Try a higher quality dog food that includes more natural food, especially food that does not contain flours, grains, or cereals.

It is recommended to cherry-pick the best possible food to enrich your dog’s diet. For instance, it is highly recommended the intake of food with a significant proportion of dehydrated meat (easily to digest) as well as a diet rich in animal protein.

Moreover, vegetables like broccoli and most legumes are more difficult for your dog to digest. Thus their intake should be limited to cero.

In general, reduce the amounts of food on each plate and increase the number of intakes per day. Using this strategy, there are more chances of lowering the dog’s air intake while eating.

Exercise

Make sure your dog gets enough exercise, as there is some evidence that dogs that get less exercise have more flatulence problems.

Also, make sure your pet gets enough opportunities to poop every day.

However, avoid exercising your dog just before or after food. If your dog eats drinks right after any exercise, it would be more agitated. Thus it would be easy for the air to enter into its body while eating.

Let your dog have some time to relax after the exercise and before eating.

No streets

It provides a positive and safe environment for your dog to feed peacefully. Stress and negative feelings are terrible for the digestive process and affect our dogs’ immune system.

It has been demonstrated that allowing the dog to eat separated from other animals reduces the chances of compulsive food consumption. Animals are used to fight for their food. If your dog sees no food challenger, it will eat more relaxed, and less air would enter into its body.

Lastly, some recommend putting the feeder in a higher place, especially for larger breeds. By eating at ground level, the dog swallows more air in the process.

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