Flatulence in dogs is not only annoying but can also have more serious causes.
It is a symptom that occurs in dogs of all ages and breeds: flatulence. This is not only a nuisance for the dog, but the owners also find it disturbing. Everything you need to know about flatulence in dogs and what you can do about it can be found in this article.
How dangerous is flatulence in dogs?
Flatulence in dogs is usually more of a nuisance than a danger. Nevertheless: on the one hand they are very unpleasant for your dog and on the other hand there can be very serious causes. That is why you should always take persistent flatulence seriously.back to menu ↑
Causes: What Causes Flatulence in Dogs?
Although serious illnesses and acute poisonings can also cause flatulence in dogs, the cause is usually caused by feeding poorly digestible food. These include, in particular, legumes such as peas and beans, unripe fruit, and foods with increased sugar content.
If your dog eats his food too hastily or if you change food too abruptly, flatulence is often the result. Your dog may even be allergic to food ingredients (e.g. poultry protein) or suffer from food intolerance. For example, grain-rich food often causes flatulence in dogs with gluten intolerance.back to menu ↑
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In addition to the diet-related causes, diseases can also be a possible cause. These are, for example, infections caused by worms, giardia, bacteria, or viruses. Chronic bowel diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, maldigestion syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease, in addition to general abdominal complaints, also lead to increased gas formation.back to menu ↑
Other symptoms besides flatulence
Depending on the size, in addition to the typical symptoms such as escaping gas and stench, there may also be splashing and bubbling sounds in the dog’s stomach. Gradually, pressure discomfort, pain, and a bent posture are added. Last but not least, all this also leads to the loss of appetite in your dog.
If the gases cannot escape sufficiently from the stomach and intestines, a dangerous build-up of gas in the gastrointestinal tract (meteorism) can occur. In this emergency, you should immediately consult the vet, as the air can lead to a dangerous intestinal or stomach tilt.
The characteristic of such a tilt is strong cramps and severe pain. The so-called prayer posture is a typical sign of this and should always be recognized as a sign of distress.
So you should definitely remember the symptoms below.
Your dog extends its front legs far forward.
His hind legs are normal.
He remains in this position.
Since flatulence in dogs is usually caused by the wrong diet, other complaints such as diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss are also possible symptoms.
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Diagnosis: When should I go to the vet?
Occasional flatulence in your dog is certainly not a cause for concern. However, if the flatulence continues for several days or if other symptoms appear, a visit to the vet is highly recommended.
As an owner, you can provide valuable guidance to the vet for diagnosis by providing information about feeding habits and symptoms. This history is followed by a general examination of your dog.
Further diagnosis includes a stool examination and possibly a blood test. X-rays or an ultrasound may also be needed in some cases.back to menu ↑
Treatment: What Should I Do If My Dog Has Flatulence?
Occasional flatulence usually does not require special treatment. However, if the problem occurs more than once, the measures below may help.
In case of acute discomfort, support the elimination of the gases with abdominal massages and plenty of exercises.
In the case of prolonged symptoms, a specific change in diet will help in most cases. Feed your dog a special diet for a few days. Boiled chicken and unseasoned rice are suitable for this. Spread several small meals throughout the day to relieve the already overloaded gastrointestinal tract.
You can combat intolerances and food allergies with special diets. However, these should only be applied after consultation with your vet.
If the flatulence is caused by chronic bowel disease, targeted use of medications can provide relief.back to menu ↑
Prognosis: what are the chances of recovery from flatulence?
The prognosis, as in most cases, is highly dependent on the particular cause. If it’s a matter of food intolerance or mild infections, these can usually be treated quickly with targeted therapy.
In rarer cases, serious illnesses can also lead to flatulence in dogs. Usually, however, they are other, more serious symptoms.
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Prevention: Can I Prevent Flatulence in Dogs?
A balanced and healthy diet can prevent flatulence in dogs. A glance at the list of ingredients provides information about ingredients such as gluten, sugar, or milk protein.
You can also prevent flatulence with the feeding method. An elevated food bowl means, for example, that your dog swallows less air while eating. Feeders with anti-shock food bowls and the distribution of the food over three meals also relieve the gastrointestinal tract.
Make sure that your four-legged friend does not pick up any strange droppings or waste during walks. Otherwise, this can lead to more gas formation and also to infestation by parasites. Therefore, have a stool examination performed regularly. In this way, a worm infestation is quickly diagnosed and the dog can be treated with targeted be treated with deworming.