Originally published on AKC.org
Silent but deadly, or maybe just deadly, dog farts are no joking matter. Serious flatulence can make life with your dog downright difficult. Not only is it embarrassing when guests are around, but a particularly gassy dog can make simple things like cuddling on the couch feel like petting a biohazard.
Before you reach for the gas mask, take a moment to do a little research about the possible causes of dog farts. You may be able to stop farts in their tracks, and in some cases, dog farts can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Why do Dogs Fart?
Dogs fart for many of the same reasons we do.
- Change in diet
- Food allergies
- Food that doesn’t agree with them
- Gastrointestinal (GI) illness
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- Imbalances in the microflora in your dog’s stomach and small intestines. These organisms are responsible for the excess gas and subsequent farts that are making you and your dog miserable.
Treating Dog Farts:
Some gas is normal. If you are concerned about your dog’s farts, keep a mental tally of how often he farts and how badly it smells, so that your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog’s farts are normal or a possible symptom of an underlying condition.
- Visit your vet
- Increase exercis
- Change diet (cut out the table scraps)