Let’s face it. Almost all dog owners have had the unpleasant experience of being near a dog when they passed gas. First of all, it’s natural and normal for gas to be produced in your dog’s digestive system and released from time to time as flatulence.
It’s when this flatulence becomes excessive, causing distress for both your dog and you, that you need to understand what is causing it and what you can do to help.
Although there are numerous causes for excessive gas and flatulence in canines, ranging from swallowing air to various diseases, the majority of cases can be directly traced back to the dog’s diet.
There are five principal reasons why your dog’s diet may be contributing to excessive gas:
One – A sudden change in your dog’s diet – Perhaps you just got your dog from a rescue organization or breeder and for some reason cannot continue to feed him the same food he was used to eating. Sudden changes in a dog’s diet can upset his digestive system and cause the production of gas. If at all possible, try to obtain some of the dog’s former food and slowly transition him over to the new food.
Two – Feeding your dog dairy products such as milk or cheese – Dogs (and cats) are lactose intolerant, meaning that they are unable to digest the sugars (lactose) found in dairy products. These indigestible products sit in the digestive tract and lead to the production of excessive gas and sometimes diarrhea.
Three – Feeding a diet high in peas, beans or soybeans – These ingredients are almost always poorly digested by canines. These ingredients ferment in the dog’s colon, leading to excessive gas and flatulence. Four – Feeding spicy foods or food that is spoiled – Both of these can cause your dog a G.I. upset with excessive gas. Also your dog may find something spoiled while he is outside and consume it, so it pays to watch your dogs carefully to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Five – Feeding a diet high in fermentable fiber (lactulose, psyllium or oat bran) – these ingredients are often added to inferior quality dog food as fillers and to make production cheaper. These fibers ferment in the digestive tract and cause your dog to have gas and flatulence.
The fix? Feed your dog a high quality, super premium dog food. If the flatulence continues or if your dog has obvious G.I. distress, diarrhea or vomiting, consult your veterinarian immediately.