Is your dog farting all the time? There are several reasons why some dogs are more prone to flatulence than others. Short-muzzled dogs, like Pugs and Boxers, breathe through their mouths more than their noses, swallowing more air and becoming gassier as a result, says Dr. Betsy Brevitz, DVM, and author of the “Complete Healthy Dog Handbook.” Then there are the fast eaters (think Labrador Retrievers) who gulp air along with their food, which also leads to dog gas.
The Impact of Nutrition on Your Farting Dog
A farting dog is usually not a red-flag warning for a serious condition. But if your pup’s farts are so powerfully stinky that they clear the room, you may want to rethink his diet, Dr. Brevitz notes.
“Grain-free dog food diets, in particular, which have foods like peas, soybeans and sweet potatoes, are more likely to produce gas because the bacteria in your dog’s gut causes them to ferment,” she explains.
If your dog’s kibble is a high-grain one—and you’re also giving him dried-fruit treats—you may want to switch him to something more digestible, like chicken and rice.
Experiment until you find the combo of foods that works for your pooch.
“Dogs are highly individual, so things that bother one dog won’t bother another one,” Dr. Brevitz says.
Another reason to make a diet switch: If your dog has bad gas and loose stools or diarrhea fairly often, it could be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS usually requires treatment with probiotics and even antibiotics. If you think your farting dog has more than just a bad case of dog gas, you should take him to see your veterinarian.
How Exercise Can Reduce Dog Gas
Lack of exercise can also lead to flatulence.
“Exercise helps dog gas work its way out more gradually instead of building up,” Dr. Brevitz says.
If your fur baby’s toots are still super-smelly after a diet change, bump up your pet’s exercise routine. Go for longer walks, play more intense games of fetch or find a place where your furry friend can run off-leash for a while.
Best Supplements for Your Dog’s Digestion
If you’ve invited people over and you don’t want to be embarrassed by your dog farting a bunch, try this trick: An hour or so before company comes, give your pet an over-the-counter tablet, like the No Toot Soft-Chews by Naturvet, to break up the size of those gas bubbles, and then take your canine companion for a long walk.
Certain supplements and herbs can also help with your pup’s digestion and curb dog farting. Talk to your veterinarian to see if the following remedies would work for your farting furball.
Like all mammals (including us!), your pup’s gastrointestinal tract is teeming with bacteria, good and bad. Probiotics contain millions of helpful bacteria that can maintain a healthy gut and aid in digestion, says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, an integrative veterinarian, certified Chinese herbalist and the owner of Animal Acupuncture in New York City.
Vets frequently recommend probiotics when pets are taking antibiotics (which can kill off good bacteria along with the bad). But you can also give them right before a stressful situation, especially if your dog tends to have bad gas and suffer GI upsets when he’s emotionally distressed.
Stick with a probiotic that’s made for dogs, which is specially formulated for the microflora in your pup’s stomach. And always give them to your pup under your veterinarian’s guidance, Dr. Barrack says.
Fennel seeds can relax the gastrointestinal tract and allow the gas to escape instead of build up, Dr. Barrack explains. That’s why it’s frequently used to combat flatulence and bloating in dogs. Try mixing this nutritional supplement from Honest Kitchen, which contains fennel and papaya, another digestive aid, in with your pet’s food.
Ginger is a time-tested remedy for an upset stomach.
“It’s also a potent anti-inflammatory that can relieve inflammation throughout the body, including an inflamed or upset stomach and GI tract,” Dr. Barrack says.
While you can sprinkle powdered ginger or grate peeled raw ginger into your pup’s kibble, many dogs don’t like its sharp taste. Try Vet’s Best Gas Buster’s Supplement; it not only contains ginger, but also other helpful herbs, such as slippery elm, which keeps the intestinal tract lubricated and speeds up waste elimination and reduces GI inflammation. It also has parsley, which will reduce stinky doggie gas and freshen your pet’s breath.