Dog Farting: Causes And Ways To Remedy Too Much Gas

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Terrier tail in air while farting (caption: Dog Farting: Causes & Cures)Help, my dog is farting a lot! Although typically not a big health concern, gas in dogs can be a real nuisance to live with (not to mention embarrassing when you have company over). Whether your dog is silent but deadly or has flatulence like a foghorn, we’re here to help you get to the bottom of this all-too-common occurrence.

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Why Does My Dog Have Gas?

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It’s totally normal for our bodies to produce gas that accumulates within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. But some dogs develop an ongoing excess of this gas buildup. What causes chronic gas problems? There are several reasons:

Gas-Prone Diet

Foods that commonly cause dog flatulence include beans, soybeans, peas, milk products, high-fat diets and spicy foods. Many dogs (and cats) are lactose intolerant, and feeding them milk or dairy products often causes gas and an upset stomach. And some dogs are sensitive to grain products.

Tip: Don’t feed your dog table scraps — or at least be careful about what you’re giving them off of your plate.

Low-Quality Dog Food

Many dogs don’t easily digest mass commercial dog foods that have a lot of preservatives and artificial ingredients. These foods can cause excessive fermentation in the colon, which produces a lot of gas. If you’re feeding your dog cheap food, you may want to consider switching to a high-quality diet.

Change In Nutrition

Changing your dog food can cause temporary excessive gas. It can take a week or two for your dog’s tummy to adjust to a new diet. If after a few weeks your dog’s gas symptoms haven’t resolved, you may want to consider an alternative diet or go back to the original food.

Swallowing Too Much Air

Some dogs can swallow a lot of air when they eat or drink too fast, especially right after they exercise. Fortunately, this type of gas usually isn’t smelly. Eating too fast can also cause indigestion.

General Well-Being

Dogs who are overweight and/or too sedentary have a higher risk of developing chronic flatulence, regardless of what they eat. Just as with humans, our digestive systems work more efficiently when we’re not overweight and up and moving around. Help your dog lose weight and take them out for regular walks.

Underlying Illness

If your dog’s gas is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or other symptoms, it could indicate an underlying GI condition, which could include inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal parasites and other conditions. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog is experiencing these other symptoms to help rule out underlying health problems.

What Can I Give My Dog For Gas?

A change in your dog’s diet and well-being is the best way to relieve gas in dogs. But in the meantime, there are some products and home remedies that you can give your pup for temporary relief.

Gas Medicine For Dogs

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Licks Digestive Aid can help your dog while you’re transitioning to new dog food or for temporary gas relief. These individual gel packets are made with 100% human-grade and all-natural ingredients and use digestive enzymes to break down proteins, starches and fats while improving absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. You get 10 packets for $15.99 .

Vet’s Best Gas Busters is another good option. These vet-formulated chewable supplements help relieve the discomfort of occasional gas, bloating and an upset digestive system. These supplements have a blend of enzymes and other natural ingredients, including parsley, slippery elm bark, and ginger root, help support healthy digestion. You get 90 supplements for  $7.44 .

You may wonder if you can give a dog Gas-X or similar human medications to relieve their immediate gas problems. The general consensus is that Gas-X is relatively safe for dogs, but you should always contact your vet before giving your dog any medications or supplements (especially those meant for humans).

Home Remedies For Dog Gas

  • Fennel: Sprinkle some fennel (dried or fresh) on your dog’s food. If she eats kibble, just add some water, so it sticks to the food.
  • Parsley: This herb is more than just a garnish — it can reduce odor in the digestive system and even ease bad breath. You can chop up a couple of tablespoons of fresh parsley and sprinkle it on your dog’s food. You can also give your dog AKC Dentacare dog treats, which includes dog-safe parsley and peppermint essential oils.

Long-Term Gas Remedies

If you think your dog’s diet is the culprit behind their gassiness, changing their diet and adding a daily dog probiotic can go a long way to improve and even eliminate the problem for good.

Change Your Dog Food

Dog eating out of a handSwitching your dog to a premium diet could be the solution to them excessive gas. Look for low-fat, all-natural dog foods without preservatives and artificial ingredients. You may even want to opt for a grain-free dog food.

An excellent option for a premium diet is to go with one of several companies that deliver human-grade, fresh meals to your home. Be sure to read our reviews of the best dog food delivery services to see our recommendations. Some of these companies even customize your dog’s food for specific health concerns, including digestive issues.

Use A Daily Probiotic For Dogs

If your dog suffers from chronic gas or digestive problems, a daily dog probiotic could also help. Probiotics for dogs work the same way as they do for humans. They’re formulas that contain living gut-friendly bacteria found naturally in the digestive tract and other areas of the body.

The goal of ingesting probiotics is to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria, prevent GI problems and boost the immune system after it’s been disrupted by illness, infection, antibiotic treatment or other stressors.

There are a ton of pet probiotic products available, so be sure to read our article that highlights the best probiotics for dogs and includes more information on how these products can help solve your pup’s digestive problems.

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Treating Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

In addition to frequent gas, does your dog get the occasional tummy ache? If so, be sure to read our tips to cure a dog’s upset stomach, which includes product recommendations, home remedies and symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem.

And finally, what would an article about dog farting be without a funny video? We just couldn’t resist. Does this remind you of your home?

Do you have any funny flatulence stories to share about your dog?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets). Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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April 20, 2020 10:21 pm

Yeah I have a funny story the dog passes a lot of gas in the past but one night she’s laying on the bed next to me and she farted so loud the loudest she ever has and it literally scared her and me then she jumped up and wanted to run but then she calmed down right away but it definitely scared her and it was funny.

Kimberly Davidson
April 5, 2020 3:06 pm

I have a question about my dogs gas. Her name is Lola she’s a pug and she just had puppies and in between she went into whelping and had to have an emergency c section and had two live puppies after 24 hr’s of the whelping process. Puppies are doing great but she has tremendously bad gas. It smells like old old bad broccoli. What can we do?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 6, 2020 10:45 am

Hi Kimberly, we always recommend seeing a vet when you think something is wrong with your pet. If you cannot take your dog to a vet, perhaps this online vet service can help.

December 22, 2019 2:48 am

My dog has suddenly started scaring herself….she has started farting recently and makes loud and long farting noises and then runs away and hides thinking it is chasing her and that we are causing it. She hasn’t realized that she is the one creating it and that it is coming from her behind….very funny. But rest assured as she buries her head between our legs she is getting loads of cuddles.

Ruth S Latta
October 20, 2019 3:20 pm

My dog only has one tooth, so mostly he is swallowing his food whole. I feed him boiled chicken, chopped finely, which he loves, interspersed with some high end dog foods. He is not overweight, and gets a fair amount of exercise, but he also has a collapsing trachea, so am careful about over exhaustion. He has the worst flatulence. Can anyone advise?

November 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Reply to  Ruth S Latta

The chicken could be causing it. Have you tried scrambled eggs?

March 19, 2020 1:32 pm
Reply to  Bunny

Dogs are lactose intolerant wouldnt be a good idea if you dont want him or her to fart

December 24, 2019 8:56 pm
Reply to  Bunny

The eggs could make it worse. Chicken or lamb and rice are pretty innocuous and I’d recommend those as part of a bland diet to help your 4 legged friend through their tummy troubles.