Dog Gas / Flatulence Odors
refers to the passing of intestinal gas through the anus. This is
also known by many other names, such as "farting," "passing wind,"
and "passing gas."
the odor is coming from your dog, then this may indicate a dietary
or intestinal problem. Some flatulence is normal, but if this is
regularly occurring, he needs to be seen by the veterinarian.
more commonly affects dogs that are inactive and spend long periods
is normal for dogs to pass gas in small quantities at infrequent
intervals. However, persistent passage of excessive quantities of
gas is abnormal. Excessive flatulence usually results from intolerance
of one or more components (ingredients) of the dog's diet.
what happens is these ingredients pass through the intestinal tract
without being absorbed and end up in the large intestine (colon
and rectum), where bacteria ferment them to produce gas.
of these gases do not smell, but those derived from the fermentation
of proteins and fats, smell very badly.
cause of flatulence can occur when a dog eats excessive quantities
of food, overwhelming the ability of his gastrointestinal tract
to digest the food.
addition, some dogs are born without the ability to digest certain
ingredients in their diets, such as digesting lactose (milk sugar).
Other dogs have trouble digesting some legumes such as soy. Another
cause of flatulence is greedy eating resulting in the ingestion
of large quantities of air. Once ingested, air has to be removed
from the gastrointestinal tract either by burping or by flatulence.
flatulence is usually normal, on occasion it can signify more serious
gastrointestinal disease of the small bowel or pancreas. Please
seek veterinary advice if gaseousness appears to be causing your
dog abdominal discomfort, or if the flatulence is associated with
vomiting or diarrhea. All of these signs suggest more serious gastrointestinal
suggestions you can try:
Change to a high-quality (highly digestible) diet without excessive
fat content. Suitable commercial products are available from most
of the major manufacturers. Alternatively, owners can prepare a
homemade diet of highly digestible protein and carbohydrate sources
such as cottage cheese and rice appropriately balanced with vitamins
and minerals. Please note however, homemade diets are less desirable
than commercial diets because their long-term use is often associated
with nutritional deficiencies or excesses. If dietary manipulation
is not successful in controlling flatulence, call your veterinarian,
because a diagnostic investigation of your pet's digestive system
may be required.
Regular exercise is helpful because it promotes regular defecation.
Reducing your dog's gulping of air by avoiding situations that provoke
nervousness and by discouraging greedy eating, for instance, by
ensuring that the dog does not have to compete for food, may also
4. Your veterinarian may suggest a trial with medications that reduce
gas production by assisting digestion, absorbing gas, or assisting
the passage of gas.
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