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What to Do about Your Dog’s Gas

By M. Christine Zink

If your furry friend’s flatulence has you thinking about investing in a gas mask, it may be time to think about changing your dog’s diet. Diet is the main reason for farting. A sudden change in diet after a long period of the same food can produce gas, as can sensitivity to certain dog-food ingredients.

Many dogs are sensitive to soy or other grains or meats found in dog foods, for example, so switching diets may be the solution to your dog’s gas problem.

If your dog’s flatulence is caused by an inability to adequately digest certain types of foods, such as proteins or carbohydrates, try giving her probiotics (nutritional supplements that contain beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus that can help with the digestive process).

Sprinkling your dog’s food with digestive enzymes may also help control gas expulsion. These enzymes predigest the food before it reaches the bowel. Check with your veterinarian for the best kind of probiotics or digestive enzymes to buy.

Exercise is a great gas passer. Get your canine companion out for some fun and games every day to help get that gas out of her system.