Some dogs tend to be super pretentious and somewhat smelly. We tend to giggle when it happens, but it’s essential to keep an eye out for these signs if we notice an increase in farting. Why does a dog fart, and can we do something about it?
Why Does My Dog Fart?
A fart is nothing more than the gas released during the food digestion process, in the final stage. We all know what happens to us humans, but it can happen to our animals too. Often we don’t even notice a dog’s fart because they generally don’t smell, but it can happen that a dog can suddenly (and noticeably) make them more often and smelly. This can have various causes, so it’s important to check why your dog suddenly has this flatulence.
With poor nutrition with a healthy, balanced diet, a dog shouldn’t fart as much. But food with a lower nutritional value and “filler” (such as grains) is more difficult for your dog to digest. This can lead to the formation of extra gas, which ultimately leads to smelly farts. Therefore, be sure to give your dog a healthy and balanced diet. It can consist of high-quality (organic) dry food, but also raw fresh meat. Wet food from cans often contains many additives and lower nutritional value, so it should be avoided.
Not all dogs love raw meat, and not all dogs can tolerate it, while other dogs LOVE IT. Every dog is different, so take the time to plan the best possible diet for your loved one.
In addition, your dog may have flatulence from eating food found on the ground during a walk, scraps from the garbage, or leftovers from the table. Human food is often too fatty, salty, or contains too much sugar, starch, or grains for dogs. So give your dog food and keep human food out of his reach.
- Change of diet
A sudden change in diet can also cause flatulence. So when introducing new food to your dog, always make sure it is a slow transition: first mix some of the fresh food with the usual, and gradually increase it.
- Food allergies
Some dogs may be allergic or intolerant to a particular type of food, which means they cannot correctly digest specific proteins (such as chicken, cereal, or milk protein). These foods can alter the dog’s intestines, causing him to cramp and flatulence. Often a food allergy or intolerance is accompanied by other ailments such as itching and skin infections. Your vet can help you rule out a food allergy with an elimination diet, but always make sure you follow his or her directions.
- Eating too fast
If your dog eats his meals too quickly, he will also swallow excessive air, which will lead to bloating and stinky gas. In this case, a slow feeding bowl might help, but giving your dog smaller portions can also be a trick. You can also hand-feed your dog or use food puzzles/games. Also, make sure your dog can eat in a quiet environment and avoid having many dogs eat together at the same time – they may start a competition as to who finishes first.
- Old age and illness
If your dog fares frequently and very smelly, this can also indicate health problems such as an infection or intestinal parasite. In addition, older dogs often have a more challenging time digesting which means they have more flatulence. If you notice a change in frequency or odor, always consult a veterinarian.
For further checks, it is always important to keep an eye on their hygiene habits. A healthy dog should poo every day, and his feces should be firm enough to collect in bags during his regular walk. Do you notice a recent change, for example, loose or foul-smelling stools? Then there may be something wrong. Yes, it’s dirty work, but your dog’s poo is an obvious indicator of his health.
Bonus tip: Exercise for your dog
Overall health improves the dog’s bowel function, and getting enough exercise prevents cramps and flatulence. Do you have little time to walk, run or play with your dog? Book a friendly Pawshake dog sitter for a personal walk service