Dogs are renowned for having really bad smelling flatulence, and sometimes their breath isn’t a whole lot better. In spite of that, they never seem embarrassed, and still make lots of friends at the dog park.
We may laugh but if your dog has either of these problems, it’s not that funny. They’re a lot less pleasant to cuddle up to. Even worse, if your dog is flatulent, you may be blamed for the smell!
All dogs produce gas in their gastro-intestinal tract, as part of the normal digestion of food. Most of the gas that passes from the intestines doesn’t smell at all. Any bad smell is caused by hydrogen sulfide, better known as ‘rotten egg’ gas (YUCK).
Some dogs swallow large amounts of air while eating. This has to go somewhere, and unfortunately it often comes out the other end. This isn’t usually offensive, but can be quite loud.
The foul smelling flatulence is usually due to poor digestion of certain nutrients, such as protein or fiber. When partially digested food reaches the large intestine, it ferments and releases excess gas. Some dogs also like to eat rotten food or other unsavory items, and this too adds an unpleasant odor to their wind.
- PORTION CONTROL. Feed your dog several smaller meals a day, rather than one large meal. This will help to increase the digestion of nutrients, and reduce the amount of partially digested food reaching the large intestine. Less fermentation means less gas production.
- SLOW DOWN! Encourage your dog to eat slowly by putting an appropriate sized clean rock in his dinner bowl. He’ll have to dig around the rock for his kibble, and he won’t be able to quickly gulp his food. This will reduce the amount of air he swallows.
- DIET. Switch to a grain-free food. Pet owners often notice an improvement in their pet’s gastrointestinal health when changing to a grain free diet. Grain-free foods are generally of a premium grade that contain higher quality ingredients.
- DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. These increase the breakdown of nutrients in the diet and help improve digestion and absorption. The result is again less fermentation. Try Dog Smog Remedy, which contains two digestive enzymes, curtails noxious emissions from both ends of your dog. Bromelain and papain work together to help break down food to eliminate gas. Spray it in your dog’s mouth, just like a breath freshener. Peppermint and fennel will help improve your dog’s breath.
Help eliminate your dog’s gas with this two Step Solution
1. Feed your dog grain free food
2. Give your dog digestive enzymes
= NO MORE GAS