Unfortunately, all dogs can get a little gassy sometimes. And as much as we love them, it’s difficult to cuddle them if they’re constantly releasing what smells like the equivalent of toxic industrial waste. That’s why we’re here to help, so buckle up and learn what’s behind those awful farts, plus what you can do to get rid of them.

Why is My Dog So Gassy?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a pup’s gassiness. One of the easiest ones to spot is what kind of dog they are. Short-nosed brachycephalic breeds (think pugs, Boston terriers, etc.) tend to take in a lot of extra air when eating and drinking, and that only leaves it with one place to come out. In addition to swallowing air, gas can also be caused by diet and certain types of food being digested (or not-so-digested).

The best way to solve this and give them what they need is a food plan that’s customized just for them, which can help to reduce incessant gassiness. While a few farts here and there are nothing to worry about, if it becomes a constant issue you should try some of the following tips.

How to Get Rid of the Farts

Slow Meals Down

When your pup eats too quickly it can ingest more air than normal, which can be uncomfortable for them and will lead to gas. To solve this, you can try splitting up their meals into several smaller portions or trying something like a slow feeder, puzzle feeder, or scattering some of the food across the floor so they have to “find” it. This can add fun to their meals, slow down their eating, and be beneficial to curbing the farts. This will hopefully lead to a happier and less stinky pup overall.

Steer Clear of Fart-Causing Snacks

While this may seem obvious, sometimes you may not even realize certain foods and ingredients cause farting more than others. Treats such as cauliflower, brussels sprouts, dairy products, high-fat foods, and spicy foods can all seem healthy but also make your pup extra gassy. Not only treats, but the meals and types of dog food you give them can vary greatly in terms of ingredients and their effects on your dog. Finding a diet that has easier-to-digest ingredients can go a long way in preventing flatulence. If you want ideas for healthy and easy snacks that you probably already have, can supplement their meals, and won’t give your dog gas, check out our list.

(Slowly) Shift Your Dog’s Diet

What your dog consumes is not only critical to stopping gas, but also their general health and should be carefully considered for your specific pup. Should you decide your dog’s diet is likely the main culprit, now you have to change it to something better for them. If you’re going to make changes to your pup’s food, it’s best to do this slowly because they have sensitive tummies that can get upset if you switch too quickly. To wane them off the old diet, mix new food in with the old meals or swap out a meal or two per day to the new diet. Whatever your pup’s needs are, we can work with you to find a healthier diet and make the transition.

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Avoid Table Scraps or Garbage

Often, foods that we humans eat can be a pain, both literally and figuratively, for a dog’s digestive system. Their bodies can’t process the food as easily as us and can upset their stomachs and lead to gas. This goes for trash cans and things outside as well, it can be dangerous and harmful at worst, and a bad habit at best.

Make Sure to Stay Active

Another thing that might make a pup gassy is not getting enough playtime. Exercise helps digestion and, in turn, farting. There are obviously many benefits to keeping your dog active, one of which is allowing gas not to build up. If you want more in-depth information of how much they should exercise and ideas for how to get it, this is our guide for exactly that.

Talk to a Vet

Lastly, your pup might need some extra help getting rid of their gas, or it could be an indicator that something needs to be checked. Excessive farting is a symptom of a number of health issues that should be examined by a vet and, if necessary, treated. Remember that it’s not very comfortable for your dog either, so if things persist and don’t improve, the vet is a good place to take care of the issue for the long-term. A vet can also help you with dietary changes and figuring out what exactly is causing the flatulence so you know what to avoid in the future.

Enjoy Cuddling Your Pup Without the Stink

Hopefully this has been informative to anyone dealing with a stinky dog right now. Remember, it’s not always something to worry about, but if it doesn’t get better or you feel like you have to wear a gas mask, it might be worth getting checked out to make both your pup and you happier and more comfortable near each other.

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