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Why Does My Dog Fart So Much?

By David Soffer December 21, 2021 3 Min Read
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    Farting is normal in all animals. However, excessive farting can be a sign of serious gastrointestinal problems. It can also cause great discomfort that may affect the overall lifestyle of dogs. This is why as responsible dog owners, you should be very observant of the flatulence of your dog. 

    What are the causes of excessive farting in dogs?

    One of the most common causes is indigestion. 

    Giving your dog prohibited foods such as chocolate, bacon, eggs, and dairy products can cause indigestion. Their stomachs cannot produce the necessary enzymes to break down such food. This is why they tend to get stomach aches, excessive gas and diarrhoea.


    Feeding your dog table scraps and leftovers can also cause gastrointestinal problems. These kinds of foods tend to have oil, bacteria and fungi buildup not would definitely not be healthy for your dog’s stomach. 


    You should also avoid fart-inducing foods such as soybeans, wheat, and other ingredients with excessive amounts of fiber.


    Sudden changes in their eating habits and strenuous activity after a meal can also cause gas. While they may be fed proper food, the acid and enzymes in their stomach need ample time to digest the food properly.


    Major gastrointestinal problems such as stomach cancer, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal parasites, and colitis can also cause excessive farting. These diseases also cause bad odor on the fart, diarrhea or constipation, and stools with blood. If any of these happen to your dogs, it’s best that you consult your veterinarian.


    How can you prevent excessive farting in dogs?

    Aiding your dog’s digestion could greatly reduce the risk of excessive gas.


    Dogs’ stomachs tend to produce an excessive amount of acid to break down large quantities of food. This may cause acid reflux which can be as problematic as flatulence. This is why it’s important to give their stomachs some sort of additional substances for digestion, such as probiotics.


    Probiotics are good bacteria that can help the stomach break down food without the need to produce an excessive amount of acid. Unfortunately, rich quantities of probiotics can only be found in yogurt, kombucha, and pickles, which are not compatible with most dog breeds. This is why it’s best consumed through digestive supplements. 


    Aside from aiding digestion, probiotics can also reduce the risk of allergies, improve the heart and kidney condition, and boost your dogs’ immune systems.


    On the other hand, multivitamins with a balanced amount of organic fibers are also preferred by some dog owners.


    These multivitamins contain vegetable fiber and vegetable starch that can also break down food efficiently and ensure that the dog’s body absorbs its essential nutrients. And because they are organic, they also have less risk of allergic reaction or side effects.


    Furthermore, these multivitamins are mostly equipped with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Manganese, and Iron. These nutrients can help develop muscles, improve skin and coat, and boost the immune system, making your dogs less vulnerable to major diseases.


    Sure enough, your pets’ gas can easily be disregarded. However, you might want to take note of all of your dog’s habits to ensure that they are their healthiest, happiest selves!


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