Why Do Dogs Fart So Much? (And How You Can Help)

It’s funny once or twice, but beyond that it becomes quite disgusting and excessive – nevertheless, many dogs struggle with gas. All dogs, in fact, although we may see it more in some than in others, and sometimes we don’t even know it happens. If you notice it happening often and it becomes a little alarming, go ahead and take you pup to the vet. Sometimes nothing can be done, sometime’s there’s an easy fix, and sometime’s there’s a greater underlying issue when it comes to your dog farting excessively.

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Dogs Fart When They Swallow Too Much Air

When dogs swallow excessive air, the air is either burped back up or comes out the other end. Either way, it’s not particularly pleasant. If you have a snub-nosed dog, like a pug or a boxer, you probably notice excessive panting, snorting and general loud breathing. They sure are cute dogs, but they’re mouth breathers, so excessive air swallowing is pretty standard. There’s not much you can do to stop one of these dogs from passing gas on a regular basis.

If you have a dog with a regular snout who’s not a mouth breather, watch how quickly he eats: does he scarf it down? If so, when he eats quickly, he may be taking in a lot of air with his food, which will result in plenty of gas. Talk to your vet about how you can slow him down a bit at dinnertime.

Dogs Fart When They Eat The Wrong Food

There are certain foods that make certain humans gassy, and it’s the same for dogs. Some foods, especially cheaper foods with chemicals and preservatives, can be tough on a dog’s tummy. Not all dogs will react with an upset or gassy stomach though, so it may be just fine. Regardless, if your dog is particularly gassy, go over what he eats with the vet, just to be safe.

Dogs Fart When They Have Worms

Parasites (worms) can be a cause of intestinal problems, including diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence. Worms can be prevented with proactive care. Veterinarians recommend regular broad spectrum intestinal worming about every three months. If your dog has parasites, he is likely to be just as uncomfortable and sick feeling as you suspect he is by what you’re smelling. It’s no fun for either of you, so just stick to proactive regular worming medication.

Sure, we laugh at dog’s farting in certain scenarios and we try to brush it off as just an annoyance; more often than not, it’s a correctable issue. But it’s still important to talk to your vet about it to see if there’s anything potentially more serious going on that disrupting normal gastrointestinal behavior.

Have you noticed your dog farting excessively?

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