Every dog parent knows that sometimes pups just plain stink. Whether they decided to roll around in a dead fish, eat the trash or just plain can’t stop emitting noxious fumes from their behinds, dog parenting definitely does not always smell like roses. While we can’t give you much advice on reversing your pup’s instinct to disguise their smell by rolling around in mud, we can help with the whole “Who cut the cheese?” ordeal. Here’s what your dog’s gas is saying about them and what you can do about it.
First of all, just know that certain breeds are gassier than others, so smelling lots of gas from your dog might just be a normal everyday occurrence depending on your pup’s heritage. Many of these types of dogs have sensitive stomachs or eat too fast (and swallow too much air as a result), resulting in some reek after-dinner effects. If you can’t stand a little foul odor every now and again, you might want to reconsider adopting the following breeds:
- German Shepherds
- Labrador Retrievers
The most common cause of chronic flatulence is a diet that is difficult for your dog to digest. When the ingredients in many low-quality dog food brands are not fully digested, they are left to ferment in the colon, creating lots of smelly gas, which is unpleasant for us and uncomfortable for them. Please note, however, that often when switching your dog from one type of food to another it creates some initial digestive discomfort that levels off. Do not be alarmed if your dog becomes gassy after the first couple feedings of a new-to-him brand of food. Some of the hard-to-digest ingredients to avoid are:
- Soy products
- Dairy products
- High-fat foods
- Spicy foods
- Artificial flavoring
The best way to prevent flatulence in your pup is to feed them a high quality dog food that doesn’t contain any of the triggering ingredients listed above. It’s also important to resist feeding your pooch table scraps or letting them get into other dogs’ foods. Additionally, adding K9POWER Digest Forte supplement can not only help avoid gas, but with consistent use could even improve the smell of your dog’s feces (seriously). Our natural formula is a multi-digestive nutritional supplement that contains enzymes and direct-fed microbials (probiotics) to support stomach and intestinal tract health while normalizing stool even when switching diets. With proper digestion, your dog not only smells better, but they are better equipped to absorb essential nutrients. The pest part? Your dog will love eating his food when you add Digest Forte to it since it’s packed full of real meat flavors like chicken and beef.
If your dog’s flatulence becomes much more persistent out of nowhere without any known changes to diet or it continues long after you first switch foods, it could indicate that your dog has an allergy or condition that should be checked out. If it does not improve after trying K9POWER Digest Forte for several weeks, consult your veterinarian to make sure it’s nothing more serious than a little gas.