Why does my dog fart?

Flatulence, or colonic gas formation, is a result of normal bacterial fermentation in the large bowel (colon). When food is ingested, good bacteria, known as probiotics, present in the canine’s intestinal tract will break it down to produce essential vitamins that are absorbed into the animal’s system. Due to this digestive function, gas can accumulate in your furkid’s intestinal tract and colon. While having a gassy dog can be disconcerting, an occasional bout of flatus is perfectly normal. However, an inordinate passing of stink bombs can be a concern. There are several reasons why your furkid is breaking wind all the time and knowing what is causing it is the first step to stopping this foul-smelling problem.

What is Fido eating?

One possible cause of flatulence is when pets are fed poor quality food. Filler substances such as rice or corn supply empty calories and tend to lack beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. These diets result in excessive fermentation in the colon and thus are responsible for chronic symptoms of maldigestion.

A sudden change in diet, or when Fido eats something new or spoiled that is not typically part of a normal canine diet, such as a bag of cat food, table scraps or garbage, can also cause indigestion and eventually, gas formation.

Gassiness can also be a symptom of a food allergy. Feeding Fido substances that he is allergic to will lead to defensive antibodies being created by the immune system to fight the invader. However, high amounts of these antibodies within the digestive system can cause your furkid to fart frequently too.

Excessive swallowing of air, also known as aerophagia, is a risk factor for flatulence. Dogs that gobble down their food tend to ingest abnormally large amounts of air. This is especially obvious in brachycephalic breeds such as French Bulldogs or Boxers.

How can I stop the farting?

Start by feeding your pet a consistent, high quality and easily digestible diet based on the age, breed and lifestyle. Avoid feeding your pooch highly fermentable food, table scraps and dairy products. Likewise, when switching food brands, one should take time to introduce new food gradually while decreasing the quantity of the old food.

Owners with dogs which have the habit of gobbling down their food can consider purchasing slow feeders that prevent them from wolfing down their dinners. Alternatively, load kibble into treat balls and let your canine get to work to extract the food. Owners can also feed their pets several small meals throughout the day. Leaving a few hours between each meal allows for complete digestion. Also, owners should make an effort to moderate Rover’s exercise immediately before and after he eats.

I’ve tried everything, but Fido still farts a lot. Is he sick?

If your furkid’s gassy troubles continue despite the above remedies, something serious might be brewing. Inflammatory bowel disease, which is the bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, and neoplasia, the excessive growth of tissue in the bowel are just a couple of diseases characterised by flatulence. Other medical conditions include acute and chronic intestinal diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, parasites, inflammation of the intestine caused by a virus, or failure of the pancreas to function normally.

Respiratory conditions that cause an increased breathing rate might also be responsible for chronic gas. Medical attention should be sought to diagnose and address the root of the problem and hopefully, stop your furry pal’s farts from stinking up the air.