Do dogs fart?
Posted on May 07 2018
You are hanging with your dog at home. Suddenly, a strange smell, but clearly missing fill the air. It smells like a strong fart, and you know it did not come from you. You assume that your dog is the only source that could have produced the smell. But is that just the fault?
You would be lawful Blame the Dog
Dogs can be flatulent, and some breeds tend to be Gassier than others. It is perfectly normal for them to do so, and there are several reasons why they switch from gas, by ingesting too much air to high-fat diets. While dog farts are mostly silent, those that are audible can be a source of fun in small doses:
Why the dog Farts smell so unpleasant?
The main culprit of stinky dog farts has to do with fermentation-bacterial a process that is most commonly caused by the digestion of foods that are not easily broken down by the stomachs of dogs. As expected, one of the biggest foods behind this condition is the bean, but it can also be caused by other foods rich in fiber, such as soybeans, peas, or oats. The farts produced by the larger breeds are usually more "fragrant" than the smaller breeds, since they have larger digestive tracts and, therefore, have a larger area for bacterial fermentation to occur.
Can you control the dog farts?
There are several things you can do to gain the advantage over your dog's lower intestine, so to speak. One of the big steps you can take is to avoid buying dog foods that contain wheat, corn, or soy, which are difficult for dogs to digest. Instead, it is prudent to pick up dog food that contains quality, highly digestible proteins.
You should also refrain from allowing your dog to afford any leftover bites you have at your dinner table, no matter how strong or adorable they are when they ask. Most human food is simply not easier for dogs to digest. Making human food into a habit for your dog, and bacterial fermentation could potentially go into overdrive, which would not be good for anyone.
There are also some natural remedies that can alleviate dog flatulence. Herbs such as fennel, pepper, thyme, and peppermint act as agents to relax the stomach muscles, which in turn could help decrease the amount of intestinal gas that can accumulate. The addition of probiotic supplements in your dog's diet can also help regulate your dog's digestive tract.
Finally, exercise also plays a vital role in helping control your dog's flatulence. It does not have to be strenuous to do the job. Something as simple as a walk will help make it easier for your dog to digest food properly.
While dog flatulence is primarily nothing to worry about - other than the smell - there may be cases where constant farting could be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as pancreatitis or liver disease. In these cases, excessive fainting is accompanied by other symptoms such as lack of interest in feeding or other gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting or diarrhea. If your dog presents a combination of these symptoms, it is advisable to make an appointment with your neighborhood veterinarian to make sure that nothing else potentially devastating is going on.
Excessive flatulence can also be a sign that your dog has a parasite in its digestive tract, such as tapeworm. To combat this, you should administer a treatment against parasites to your dog once every three months. While doing so, you should be aware that a deworming treatment will only be able to get rid of all kinds of worms- treatments that work against tapeworms are usually ineffective treatments for roundworms.
We still love our dogs in the end!
If your dog farts, you already know that it can be the source of embarrassment - not to mention a rather lacking smell. But once the stench has cleared up, it is important to remember that he is still your adorable little friend - one who is loyal and faithful to you until the end. Why letting the occasional fight of intestinal gas get in the way of that kind of bond?