Yes, it’s OK to blame the baby… or the dog in this case.
Ask any parent if they ever blamed their baby for a smelly or noisy fart. If their answer is no, I can guarantee they are lying! Same thing applies to dog owners. Sometimes having a dog can get us out of awkward moments we can get ourselves into, however, it can also do the opposite.
Some of us have very healthy or discreet dogs, and we probably have never heard or smelled their stinky farts. However,others aren’t as lucky and may have been in very embarrassing situations wishing they could explain to everybody around that the horrible smell making the crowd cry is coming from the fart box tied to the leash next to them.
Why do Dogs Fart?
OK, this is a serious question: why do dogs fart so much and even worse, why is it so smelly?
Some dog breeds are just stinkier than others; in many cases this is due to generic faults. Among the stinkier breeds we can find are Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Pug, English Bulldog and Boxer. Dogs with flatter faces or those who eat extremely fast also tend to swallow a lot of air during their meals and when drinking water, which causes them to get really gassy. Besides farting, it is common to hear their stomachs gurgling and to see or hear them burp just like we do. Larger breeds tend to have more fragrant farts than smaller ones due to the size of their digestive tract; basically, they have more space for bacterial fermentation which leads to worse smells when the gas is expelled. So, in this case, size makes a difference.
But, the most common reason for flatulence in dogs is in their diet. The bacteria in certain types of food, especially in low-quality foods, may not be easy to digest and will cause gas. Flatulence in your dog can also be caused by many of the same reasons that cause you to get gassy. Yes, I said that, you get gassy, too and we know it.
How to Reduce the Tooting?
A few things to consider avoiding in your dog’s diet are beans, oats and any other food rich in fiber. Lactose should not be used frequently; most vets will actually tell you to avoid it completely because many dogs just like cats (oh, surprise!) are lactose intolerant. It is important to stick to a steady and healthy diet planned especially for your dog. If you are the kind of person that falls for the begging, sad face that your dog makes every time he sees you eating, you are very likely contributing to his tooting problem. You could even be the cause of stomach discomfort and in some cases of weight and nutrition problems. Nowadays, there are infinite options to feed your dog a healthy, nutritious and adequate diet. Pet stores and even many supermarkets offer a variety of wet and dry foods for all types of breeds, ages, health needs, etc. There are even cookbooks for dog meals!
When choosing your dog’s food, make sure to read the ingredients; don’t go just by what the front of the bag says. Go for the better brands, even though they tend to be more expensive, they will avoid you vet bills in the long run. Avoid all chemical preservatives and make sure that Omega fatty acids form part of the ingredients.
A few other things you can do to help your dog fart less are:
- If you own a brachycephalic breed, those known by their flat face, look for special bowls designed to help them eat more comfortably and swallow less air.
- Donut-shaped kibble is also preferred for these breeds; the design helps them reduce the air ingestion.
- Add a little bit of water to the dry food and place the bowls on an elevated surface.
- If your dog is the kind that inhales his food in a nanosecond, try putting a tennis ball or a smooth rock in his bowl to slow him down.
Are You Still Worried Your Dog Farts Too Much?
While we have determined that farting is very normal in dogs, there are some cases in which it could be a symptom of a major health problem. Dogs, just like humans can develop allergies to certain foods or food sensitivities and they can also suffer from a variety of gastrointestinal illnesses. If after adjusting your four-legged friend’s diet, the constant and smelly farting continues, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Make sure to tell the doc what your dog is eating, including any treats that you occasionally feed him, how often he eats and, as silly as this may sound, describe the frequency and smelliness of his toots, and the consistency of his feces. Bring a stool sample to your appointment to check for any parasites. All of these are things that will help determine what the issue is. If possible, ask the vet to do an allergy test as well. The good news is that medication is not commonly needed unless the problem is severe. Many issues are resolved naturally once there is a diagnosis.