Boxer Dog Gas Problems

Dog gas problems are not uncommon, especially for certain breeds. The Boxer is one breed that is well-known for having problems with gas. Most cases of gas in your pet are harmless, and due to dietary issues. Even so, gas in your Boxer may indicate a more serious condition. In addition, it can be quite unpleasant and smelly for pet owners to deal with on a regular basis. Common causes of gas in boxers include diet, gastric torsion, aerophagia, constipation, IBD, and other gastrointestinal issues. 

Diet and Gas in Boxers

Diet can play a big role in gas problems in Boxers. Bad gas in dogs can be caused by:

  • Dairy products
  • fiber
  • soybeans
  • peas
  • bean

In addition, fatty foods and spicy diets can bring on gas and bloating. Boxers tend to eat their food quickly, swallowing more air as they eat. This air passes through the stomach and causes even more flatulence in your pet. Allergies can also trigger gas, as well. Foods containing beef or potato products are known to cause gastrointestinal issues in Boxers. 

If you must introduce a new diet to your Boxer, be sure to do it slowly. Introducing new foods to your pet suddenly can cause an array of gastrointestinal issues and flatulence, as well as stomach upset. It is best to take it slowly with new foods. 

Gastric Torsion in Boxers

Gastric torsion is a condition that is common for Boxers, due to their narrow abdomens and muscular build. Gastric torsion, also known as Bloat, occurs when the stomach fills up with air quickly and dilates. This puts a lot of pressure on the other organs of the body, including the lungs. It can often become difficult for your dog to breathe when this happens.

Symptoms of gastric torsion include bad gas and a round, distended, hard abdomen. Gastric torsion is a very serious condition, as the stomach can cut off the blood supply to the body. If you suspect your pet has gastric torsion, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible, before the condition becomes fatal. 

Aerophagia in Boxers

Because Boxers have a tendency to swallow air, they can develop a condition known as Aerophagia. Aerophagia is common in short-headed, flat-nosed breeds of dogs. The condition forces air through the nose and into the abdomen and gastrointestinal areas. Gas is a common sign of Aerophagia, but snoring can also be seen with this condition. 

Constipation in Boxers

Constipation can cause very bad gas in dogs, especially Boxers. The excessive straining added to the food that is rotting inside of the intestine can cause flatulence, and a lot of it. This is a common cause of gas in Boxers. 

IBD in Boxers

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can develop in Boxers with an inflammation of the intestinal wall. IBD causes numerous problems in digestion, and can also cause:

Gastrointestinal Disease in Boxers

In Boxers, gastrointestinal diseases are caused by:

  • parasites
  • bacteria
  • viruses can trigger gas and flatulence

Vomiting and diarrhea are also common signs of a gastrointestinal disease in your pet. In addition, diseases that hinder the body's ability to absorb nutrients can cause excessive gas. 

Gastrointestinal Neoplasia in Boxers

Neoplasia is a type of gastrointestinal cancer, and it can be found in Boxers who have been suffering from gas and flatulence. This is a more serious condition, and should be dealt with promptly if you suspect your pet has cancer.