Have you ever held your dog in a sofa and sounded strange rumbling noises emanating from his stomach? Dog gas has some serious side effects. Some dogs burp and others have the opposite problem – their smelly gas can clean up a room! “Gas is a normal by-product of Digest, ”Explains Tracey Jensen, DVM, ccuatui. ABVP, founding partner of Wellington Veterinary Hospital in Wellington, Colorado. “When you hear it gurgling stomachthat is gas and liquid. It’s like the kind of sound you hear in a can of soda, it just sounds different because it’s inside a dog. Burp dog like people do and they expel gas from the intestines in the form of gas ”.
What’s normal and what’s not?
A small amount of stomach rumbling, belching or even fart This is normal for most dogs, but excessive dog gas may signal a problem. “When it’s unusual, it’s when it’s too volumetric or smelly,” says Dr. Jensen. “When it’s consistent or persistent, it’s a sign of many different things that make you see a veterinarian.”
Your dog’s gas too much can be caused by a poor diet. If the ingredients in your dog’s food are hard to digest, it could lead to belching, a scratching stomach, or bloating. A large amount of dog gas or a very bad smell can also be a sign of such problems inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal parasites.
Diagnose abnormal gas in dogs
If your dog is very impatient, your vet may want to perform certain tests, especially a stool test to check for parasites. When you get to your appointment, bring samples of fresh feces, labels from dog food and whatever supplements or snacks Your dog is at home.
Treat dog gas
If no public issues have been found to be the cause of your dog’s gas, your veterinarian can talk to you about switching your dog to a higher quality of food to increase digestibility and may Supplement with probiotics daily.
“In uncomplicated cases where there are no potential medical problems, probiotics are excellent,” says Dr. Jensen. “Probiotics differ in their potency and the evidence behind the specific preparation of probiotics, so be sure to visit your veterinarian so they can recommend what probiotics are good for them. best for your pet. ”
While it may be safe to give your dog a small amount of whole yogurt as a healthy snack, they probably won’t reap much of the benefits from the probiotics found in yogurt. “Let’s face it, dogs and cats eat things we never dreamed of,” says Dr. Jensen. “They have a fairly strong digestive system. Therefore, the probiotics you find in yogurt are not strong enough to reach the intestinal tract of our domestic animals.
Yes, it is more common in certain breeds!
Some dog breeds are more prone to bloating simply due to the way they are built. Faces are pushed in by brachycephalic dog breed, including Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldogs and Pugs, causing these dogs to swallow air while eating, can lead to excess gas in their digestive system. If you have a short-nosed breed, you understand real life with dog gas (the good thing is they are cute!).
How to prevent dog gas?
There are a few steps you can take to reduce your dog’s air pressure, especially in flat-faced breeds. First, make sure the food you are feeding is high quality and easy to digest. If you are unsure, talk to your vet about it. Next, consider giving your dog probiotics daily.
Once that is done, take a look Street your dog is eating. “Chewing is the first part of digestion,” says Dr. Jensen. “When dogs inhale their foodThey skip this important step. Dry food is easy to touch on their mouths.
You can also find special pet food bowls designed to help short-nosed dogs eat more comfortably and swallow less air, and there are even several brands of dry food designed with brachycephalic dog breed. Dr. Jensen explained: “Pet food companies have tackled how those short-nosed dogs take their food and have created kibbles to minimize the amount of air that these animals have. in the process of taking their food. “Smaller pebbles or stones with a larger surface area like those shaped like LifeSavers are more suitable for dogs that do not chew their food.”
What are some other tips that can help cut down on air swallowing during mealtimes and reduce air intake for dogs? Raise the food bowl or add some water to the food. “By adding a little water to dry food, like you pouring milk on cereals, aggressive eaters will ‘eat’ rather than ‘take’ their food. When they use their tongue as a scoop instead of a shovel, they slow down and swallow less air.
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First published in 2017.
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