Why Does Your Dog Fart So Much?

If you are like most dog owners, on occasion you’ve been hit with an unpleasant whiff of gas as your dog walks by. But if your dog is passing gas frequently, he may have an underlying problem. Some of the reasons for excessive gas in dogs include:

There are two circumstances that cause the most cases of excessive (but temporary) flatulence in dogs. 

One – A change in diet, such as a switch to a new dog food

Two – He ate something he shouldn’t have.

Chronic flatulence in another story. This constant production of intestinal gas is usually caused by feeding him a diet that he is not digesting well. There are any number of ingredients that could be causing problems including soy, beans, peas, milk products and others. 

If you are feeding your dog a high quality diet and he is still experiencing excessive gas, then he likely needs to be tested for malabsorption. 

Another reason for excessive gas is air swallowing, which can be a problem in dogs who eat rapidly. Also overweight and obese dogs, as well as dogs who are sedentary can develop this problem as well. 

There are also a number of canine disease in which excessive gas is a symptom including parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreas problems and even tumors.

If your dog continues to exhibit excessive gas even when fed a high quality diet, then a veterinary consult is in order.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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