We all love being able to blame ‘it’ on the dog – but sometimes the world would be a whole lot better if Fido passed a lot less gas. Yep, we said it – flatulence. Otherwise known as Air Biscuits. Barking Spiders. Or a hunting dog’s favourite, Duck Calls. Hundreds of different names, but they all send the same room-clearing, eye-watering, nose-aching, often silent message, at roolly inappropriate moments.
So, you’re probably asking your little squeaker (sniff, sniff): What can we do to stop doggy flatulence?
1. Check Cheeser’s diet.
Making sure your dog eats good quality food is the first order of business, before he tries to do his business. Cheapo pet foods often contain fillers such as soy, causing Rover to toot his own horn a little too often. Premium dog foods, on the other paw, are far more digestible, so less goes through your dog’s system as wind or even poo. Adding a teaspoon of natural yoghurt to the food can also help lessen the blast. Or, you can give your doggie some special charcoal biscuits that can absorb the order, paws down.
Limiting how much milk or human food you give to your one-dog-orchestra also helps, since these foods are hard for pets to digest (making flatulence their pack leader). The same applies to some nutritional and vitamin supplements, so check with your vet to find out which ones. Kangaroo meat is also notorious for bringing out a strong odour from dogs, so take it off Muffin’s menu, if possible.
And if you do need to change Gurgler’s diet in any way, just do it gradually over several days, to avoid a ‘whirl’ wind: Much like that smelly car trip home from holidays, after you’d fed Fizzler a different food while away.
2. Get Boom-Boom some exercise.
Dogs who are obese or love to a good chaise lounge tend to release more rattlers. But by taking him out for a good walk or game of fetch, your pooch will have a chance to empty his bowels, which can reduce wind.
3. Slow down Stinky’s eating.
We know dogs loooooove to eat, but when Chow Chow woofs down his food, he also gulps down air – hence, more wind. Dogs that overeat also take longer to digest their food, so by the time it works its way through Fido, he ends up smellier and gassier. But by feeding your food-hound smaller amounts more regularly, you can keep flatulence in the doghouse where it belongs. And if you own more than one dog, try feeding each one on his own, so he doesn’t feel like he’s in a kibble-eating contest, as usual.
4. Take Tootsie to the vet.
Pay a visit to the vet if your furry friend has diarrhoea, blood in his stools or a bloated stomach. These symptoms can be signs of more serious medical problems, so let’s nip this for your bud.
Note: While flatulence is largely a doggy problem, kitties can cut some pretty smelly ones, themselves. If that’s the case in your house, simply follow the same steps above. Whoopee!