Click here to learn more.
You could argue that passing gas is more of a medical issue than a canine curiosity — but it's actually both. Some
dogs can be powerful gas passers, and others are just capable of intermittently clearing a room. So what makes some dogs such effective wind farms while others seem to go through life with nary a poof?
Many dogs who have chronic flatulence suffer from an intolerance to one or more components in their diets. They don't have the ability to properly digest or absorb certain ingredients, which is referred to as “dietary intolerance.” As a result, the bacteria that digests food in the intestines responds by producing excess gas.
For most dogs, however, gassiness happens only occasionally, when their intestinal bacteria is unprepared to handle a sudden onslaught of new ingredients. This is why feeding your dog leftover barbecue is considered a bad thing if he gets such rich tidbits only once in a while — and you should consider yourself lucky if all that comes of it is some nasty gas.
Other problems can also cause gas. In fact, any gastrointestinal problem that affects digestion and the absorption of nutrients — such as inflammatory bowel disease, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and bacterial or viral enteritis — can produce some mighty putrid pet gas.
Want tips for fixing this problem? Check out the Vetstreet article Need to Clear the Air? How to Curb Gas in Pets.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank You For Signing Up
for the Petwire newsletter, sending you all the pet news each week directly to your inbox.
Get the latest pet news, tips, tricks, and expert advice sent right to your inbox!
A man in Scotland got quite a surprise
when he found a mother cat and three
newborn kittens in the back of his…
Our expert shares packing and safety tips
you may not have thought of — like
taking dog booties and giardia tablets.
Dr. Patty Khuly lists the top things your
animal might be hiding from you, from
being in pain to needing more…
The Kooikerhondje is a fun-loving and
intelligent red and white Dutch retriever
who was bred to lure ducks into a…
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.