We aren't the only ones that suffer from excessive gas. Like humans, dogs experience issues with flatulence, too. It's usually nothing to be concerned about, but it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. Before trying home remedies for dog gas, be sure to check in with your veterinarian.
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Just like humans, a dog's digestive tract forms gas because of bacterial fermentation of nutrients. This sometimes results in gases being released. Gas can also be formed by dogs swallowing too much air, which happens more frequently than bacterial fermentation.
When it is caused by bacterial fermentation, it is usually a result of a change in diet that does not agree with your dog's stomach. This can be from the addition of “gas-positive” foods such as soybeans, beans, peas, spoiled foods, milk, spices, and many other high-fiber foods. Most of these are difficult for the dog to digest, making it necessary for the body to expend the excess gas.
5 Best Home Remedies for Dog Gas
1. Slow Feeders
As most gas does originate from a dog taking in too much air, it is important to understand and be able to identify situations that may be causing it.
One of the most common causes of gas in dogs is eating too quickly. This means you need to slow down how quickly your dog consumes food. And the easiest way to slow down a dog that eats too fast is by providing them with a slow feeder.
Three of my favorite slow feeders for dogs I've used with my pets are these:
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2. High Quality Diet
Another very common cause of flatulence in dogs is a poorly digested diet. Food that your dog cannot digest effectively causes excessive fermentation in their digestive tract. In most cases, it's easy to fix this issue with a small change in diet.
Be sure to check with your veterinarian to ensure your dog's gas is in fact due to small digestion issue, and that your pet doesn't have any food allergies or sensitivities that could be causing gas. A vet can also help you select a higher quality dog food that will meet you dog's nutritional needs and fit into your budget.
3. Prebiotics and Probiotics
Your dog’s gut contains both “good” and “bad” bacteria. There must be a balance between the good and bad bacteria in order for your dog's digestive tract to stay healthy. Addition of both prebiotics and probiotics can have a significant, positive effect on your pet's gut.
Prebiotics are comprised of fiber that cannot be digested. Since they cannot be digested, these prebiotics are carried to the dog's colon. They help to fuel a healthy environment by feeding the good bacteria that reside there. Essentially, prebiotics keep “bad” bacteria in check.
Probiotics, on the other hand, repopulate the good bacteria that are missing from your dog’s system. If prebiotics are the fertilizer for the good bacteria in your dog’s gut, think of probiotics as reseeding your garden after it has been destroyed in a storm.
A healthy digestive tract will not only reduce your dog's gas, but it will also aid in his overall health and well-being. Better yet, prebiotics and probiotics are very unlikely to cause any negative side effects in a healthy dog. To be sure, check with your veterinarian before adding them to your pet's diet.
Some of the best probiotics/prebiotics for dogs that are often recommended are these:
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4. Avoid Human Food
We all like to give our dogs a treat from time to time. If your dog has excessive gas, it's best to cut all people food out of his diet. Instead, feed him high quality dog treats or raw dog-friendly vegetables and fruit instead of greasy or processed snacks from your plate.
5. Massage Gas Out of the Dog
Finally, dogs can suffer from gas build up and may be unable to pass gas on their own, and sometimes you may need to help your dog to pass gas. Once they do, this issue may go away on its own. The simplest way to do this is to massage your dog like this.
- Sit down on the floor or couch, and get your dog near you or on your lap. Make sure both of you are comfortable, calm and relaxed.
- Start by flattening your palm and then slowly move over the dog’s body.
- Pay attention to areas that feel hardened versus the areas that are soft and malleable. Feel the layers, your dog's hair, skin, fat, muscle, and bone.
- For large areas, rub to relieve the pressure. For small areas, it may be more efficient to squeeze.
It's common for dogs to have excessive gas, and usually it's not a cause for concern. Following these tips above should help reduce gas in most dogs. If your dog's constant farts don't clear up within 7-10 days, make an appointment with your veterinarian. It's unlikely, but there could be an underlying issue that is causing the excessive flatulence.