Home Remedies for Dog Flatulence

Everybody laughs about dog flatulence, but it can be a sign of an uncomfortable or potentially serious gastrointestinal problem. Before you start making dog fart jokes, be sure your pet is not suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, parasites, a viral inflammation or a pancreatic disorder.

Once you've determined that the source of your dog's canine gas is not a serious condition, you can take steps to control his gassiness.

Most dog gas problems are related to food. If you control what your dog puts into his stomach, you may be able to manage what comes out the other end.

To reduce your dog's canine fart production, consider these dietary factors:

  • What you feed your dog
  • When you feed your dog
  • How much you feed your dog
  • How you feed your dog

Common Food Sensitivities

Many dogs have food intolerance that give rise to gas. Some of the most common ingredients include soy, corn, wheat and dairy. Switch to a food that contains fewer ingredients to reduce the chance of a food sensitivity.

Are You Overfeeding Your Dog?

You know the feeling. You skip a meal then eat too much, too fast and then you don't feel well. The same thing can happen to your dog. Smaller meals are easier to digest, so divide your dog's rations into at least two servings per day.

Tip: Read the label on your dog food bag and measure carefully to avoid overfeeding.

Slow Down Fast Eaters

If your dog eats too fast, it can give him gas. Solve this problem by putting a large obstacle in his bowl, so he is forced to eat around it. For safely, do not use anything smaller than a grapefruit.

If you have more than one dog, competition can cause food gulping. Feed dogs in separate rooms if possible.

Larger dogs benefit from an elevated food bowl. Bring your dog's bowl up to a height that allows him to eat with his neck somewhat straight. Your dog will swallow less air with this arrangement.

Supplements for Gas Reduction

Supplements can help gassy dogs. Activated charcoal is a good solution for short-term control. This over-the-counter preparation absorbs nutrients as well as odor so don't use if for more than a 2 days.

Probiotic supplements can aid digestion and reduce gas. Probiotics are microscopic bacteria that benefits to your dog's gastrointestinal tract. Found in yogurt, some cottage cheese and in supplement form, these microorganisms can improve digestion and reduce gas.

Digestive enzymes can help break down proteins, carbohydrates and fiber. Look for supplements that contain protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase.

Dog gas is usually more of a social problem than a medical one. In most cases, a few simple changes can resolve your dog's digestive problems.