dog gas

Maybe organic or vegan food will help.

Anyone who has been in the room with me when I’ve had flatulence will attest to, no one hears it but boy do they smell it.

It’s hard to believe something so foul smelling comes out of something as small as me. The reason why my (and your furry friends’) farts have has such a horrific odor is because of our protein-rich diet that contains lots of sulfur. What causes these embarrassing situations in the first place is our food. Poor quality food can contain ingredients that make normal digestion difficult, thus leading to gas and other stomach problems. Buy us premium quality dog food, which typically has higher quality protein sources, no artificial dyes, and added antioxidants and vitamins, and includes most natural and organic brands. Check out the ingredients and look for:

  • Proteins such as chicken, turkey, lamb and salmon and avoid food that contains poultry and meat by-products (meal) and plant-based proteins
  • Specific fat sources (chicken fat, lamb fat, herring oil, sunflower oil) and avoid fats from non-specific sources such as animal fat or poultry fat
  • Whole grains (rice, barley, oatmeal) over grain remnants
  • Natural preservatives (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and oils of rosemary, clove, or other spices)  over chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin)
  • Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C and E) over caramel and  FD&C color
  • Fruits and vegetables such as apples, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peas

Don’t forget to make sure our treats are equally high in quality. Some pet parents with lots of free time put their four-legged friends on raw food diet. It requires quite a commitment but has tremendous benefits. Homemade foods and cooked foods are other dietary options.

Another reason we have gas is sometimes we eat too quickly out of fear that our food will be removed. We swallow air rapidly. It enters our intestines in a concentrated quantity and produces gas. The easy solution to this is to make sure we’re comfortable when we eat.

Exercising more frequently can also stimulate our intestines and decrease the severity of our gas. There are a multitude of products available that can be added to our food to reduce intestinal gas but check with your vet first. If you prefer the natural route, try adding chopped peppermint leaves to your fur babies’ food

Although flatulence is normal, there’s no reason we should subject our pet parents’ noses to it so frequently. Changing their diet and adding foods made without clean protein and no byproducts (chicken meal) should help.