Treating Bad Dog Gas: 6 Steps

Bad dog gas is not a true emergency, but it certainly can seem like one sometimes. If your dog is not experiencing any signs of illness such, as severe diarrhea or vomiting, you can treat bad dog gas with the following six steps.

  1. Read dog food labels. Many commerical dog foods contain soy or soy products, and many dogs have trouble digesting these substances. Corn and wheat give some dogs trouble, too-try a rice-based food and see if his condition doesn't improve.
  2. Walk your dog! Exercise is a great way to stimulate the digestive tract and reduce gas and bloating.
  3. Add digestive enzymes to your dog's diet. Probiotics contain gut-friendly bacteria that promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
  4. Consider activated charcoal as a short-term solution. If your dog is gassy and company is coming, this can help quickly. But long term use can deplete nutrients.
  5. Change foods slowly. If you're trying a new brand or type of food, do so over a one-week period. This allows your dog's system to adjust to new ingredients.
  6. For large breeds, raise food bowls off the ground. That way they'll take in less air, and less air means less gas.