Woah! What is that smell? You love your dog, but sometimes, you don’t love the fumes that come from the backend! If you want to know how to get your dog to stop farting, we have some answers to help clear the air!
Everybody poops, and everybody has gas—even our best canine buddies. But if your furry family member’s toots are making everyone tear up, that may be a sign that gut health isn’t as excellent as it can be. The key may not be to get your dog to stop farting; passing gas is natural. It’s more about ensuring there’s no bigger problem if your dog is excessively passing gas, or his farts are especially foul.
Why does my dog fart so much?
As we said, everyone passes gas. But not everybody farts a lot, and it’s certainly not true that dogs are furry fart machines. We pass gas because we’re expelling air from our digestive systems, but there are several reasons this could be. They include:
- Gulping air when drinking or eating
- Gas-inducing foods
- Diet change
- Garbage scavenging
- Food intolerances/allergies
- High-Fat diets
- Gastrointestinal irritability or illness
- Sensitive or unhealthy gut (canine dysbiosis)
Why do I want to stop my dog from farting?
As we’ve said, you don’t necessarily want to stop your dog from passing gas. It’s a natural process that comes from excess gas. being safely expelled. Technically termed ‘canine flatulence,’ in most cases, it’s due to extra bacteria fermentation in your dog’s colon. It can be expelled through their mouths (canine belching) or their rears, which happens when your dog farts.
But if your dog has excessive canine flatulence, or it’s incredibly smelly, it is very likely a sign that there is a problem with its gut health, and that IS something you want to take care of.
Your dog’s gut is made up of bacteria and organisms. A healthy microbiome is one where the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) flourish and doesn’t allow the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria or organisms. When the bacteria in your dog’s colon ferment the food you feed, it produces gas. This is natural and happens because the good bacteria in your dog’s gut are breaking down carbohydrates and other compounds that aren’t digestible. Dietary fibers are not digested by the digestive enzymes your dog produces, but the good bacteria in your dog’s colon use the fiber (or feeds on it) to source energy and break them down for absorption in the body.
Gas is a natural product, but excessive gas can happen with too many sugars or carbohydrates or poorly digestible fibers. All too often, dog foods are filled with these ingredients but don’t have enough premium, highly digestible fibers, and that’s when the smelly, excessive dog gas happens.
This can also happen if your dog’s gut is unhealthy and suffers from gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel syndrome. This can disrupt the balance of good to harmful bacteria in its gut and produce excessive and smelly toots too.
Ensuring your dog’s gut health is in great shape is the easiest way to battle smelly gas in dogs.
What can I do to stop my dog from farting so much?
Most vets agree; canine flatulence is natural, but it can likely be controlled nutritionally if it’s excessive or incredibly smelly. If you want to stop your dog from farting so much, or the gas from being so foul-smelling, First, start off by looking at their diet. Many things can cause excess fermentation to happen in your dog’s tummy, including low-quality ingredients (lots of filler and carbs) and certain foods (soybean, peas, etc.). If your dog is not getting enough quality fiber, the good bacteria in its gut won’t have enough to fuel them, and an imbalance can occur. Additionally, look at whether there are foods your dog may not tolerate as well, or have allergies to. Some common proteins that dogs may be sensitive to include dairy, beef, egg, soy, lamb, pork, grain and gluten. A healthy gut does a better job of tolerating those, though, so ensuring a good microbiome is a great way to help your dog’s digestion be its best.
While diet issues are typically the cause of excessive gas in dogs, there may be other medical conditions that could be at play as well. If diet change doesn’t help your dog’s gas get better, you might want to consult your vet to be sure there isn’t a medical issue.
Bernie’s Perfect Poop can help your dog stop farting so much!
Since a healthy diet means a healthier colon and healthier lives, the easiest way to help your dog stop farting excessively is to add Bernie’s Perfect Poop to every meal. Perfect Poop is the perfect combination of premium fiber, pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes. It’s the supplement your dog needs to help its gut thrive, and is in two delicious formulas of flakes that dogs love. When you add Perfect Poop, you’re helping your dog digest food better, and that will reduce the stinky gas you could do without. We don’t promise that your dog will stop farting altogether because everyone farts.
But we do promise your dog will love it, with our flavor-swap and money-back guarantees, and we promise that a healthier gut will lead to a happier life!