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What causes flatulence in dogs and helpful tips to reduce it

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The vast majority of dog owners at some point will have found themselves in close proximity of their dog's smelly back-end. A dog that suffers from constant flatulence can quickly clear a room and be very embarrassing for the owner. Sometimes it can be rather amusing and then sometimes it can be downright disgusting and will knock you off guard. Not all dogs suffer from bad gas and as an owner, you might not even notice when your beloved dog passes the wind as it's silent and has no foul smell attached to it.

However, some dogs and their owners are not as lucky and often complain that their dog's farts smell like a stink bomb and their flatulence is a problem.

Are you tired of the foul rotten smell that dominates your household and wondering if there is anything you can do about it? Or whether you should be concerned? Keep reading for further information.

What can you do about constant flatulence?

To address the issue with your dog's flatulence, you will first need to try and identify what is causing the problem and then take the next suitable action.

Firstly, you should check your dog's stools are passing normally and look healthy. If your dog has loose stools, an upset stomach, diarrhoea, vomiting or any other unusual issue going on, then you should take them to the vet to investigate what is the issue is. The vet should be able to establish if your dog has any kind of infection or underlying health issue. You dog should always have regular six-monthly check-ups at the vets. Even if your dog has been recently and their now showing issues with their bowel movements, you will still need to take them.

Have you changed your dog's diet recently? If you have and they've started to show signs of increased flatulence at this time, then this is most likely the cause and you should re-address your dog's diet. Cheaper dog foods contain more bulking agents, flavours, artificial colours and preservatives than the higher quality dog foods. You should try to avoid feeding your dog the cheaper food products as they provide very little health benefits and little nutrition. To help keep their digestive system in regular order, they need a balanced diet just like humans. A dogs diet that contains dairy products, soya, beans are all contributing factors to diet-related flatulence in dogs.

Probiotics are worth considering as part of a healthy balanced diet. They help support the friendly bacteria within the dog's gut, which can help with digestion and prevent the stools from forming into a sticky consistency.

You can help with your dog's sluggish digestive system by working on increasing their metabolism. This can be achieved by introducing a short walk 30 minutes after they've finished eating. Moving slowly after eating will help move the food along the gut and your dog can release their gasses outside.

Does your dog eat fast? You should watch how your dog eats. If they gulp their food down really fast they're more likely to be taking in a lot of air which can also be a contributing factor to flatulence. You will need to work with your dog and teach them to eat slowly. You might also consider feeding them several small meals throughout the day. There are several ways to teach your dog to eat slowly. You can purchase specially designed bowls that fit this purpose or place a rubber ball in their eating bowl which will lead them to eat around and therefore eating slowly.

Why are some dogs more windy than others?

Flatulence occurs in dogs for the same reasons as humans. The causes are a build up of gas and air within the digestive gut that has to be released somewhere. In humans it can come out both ends, more commonly in a dog, it is released through their back-end. Flatulence can be a sign of digestive issues or an issue with their health, but on most occasions, the build up of gas is caused by one of or more of the points below.

Infection within the gut, stomach upset, a disorder with their stomach and bowels which can cause the smelly foul gasses.

Eating fast whilst gulping down lots of food is another contributing factor to the build up of gas. Fortunately, this type of gas doesn't smell awfully bad (depending on your tolerance level) it's nosier than anything - which can be equally as embarrassing if you have company!

• Gas moving around in the digestive gut whilst eating is perfectly normal. Excessive gas can build up if the food reaches the dog's colon before it's properly digested, this is often because of the bacteria in the colon reacting with the food. This can be due to feeding the wrong foods and an unhealthy diet.

As with any health related issue. If you're unsure you should always take your dog to the vets for expert advice.

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Ashley loves to write about pets of all kinds and is a regular pet advice blogger and dog breeds contributor at Mypetzilla

This story is a guest submission and does not reflect the views of Dogs Monthly Magazine, always consult a qualified expert.