You have dinner guests. Everyone is seated around the table. A bounty of food is being served. Everyone is enjoying a great meal – until a quiet, but deadly gas wafts from the corner where your cute and cuddly puppy is enjoying a little nap. All of a sudden, your eyes are burning and your nose hairs are curling. Score one for embarrassing moments as your guests struggle to hold onto their dinner.
Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that puppy flatulence can send people fleeing from a room at about the same speed as a round of teargas would. Don’t panic. There are a few things you can do to minimize your puppy’s gas.
Let’s start by taking a look at why puppies pass gas. Flatulence is the result of an excess amount of gases in the intestinal tract. While most of the gases from a puppy’s intestinal tract are odorless, those that aren’t certainly serve to get your attention. The foul-smelling gases usually contain hydrogen sulfide.
In most cases, bacteria found in the colon or large intestine produce the stinky gases – the same ones that can send you running from a room. The gases are a result of fiber being broken down by gas-producing bacteria that live in the puppy’s colon. Thus, the more fiber, the more flatulence you can expect.
Eating too fast is a common cause of unwanted flatulence. The puppy swallows a lot more air when gobbling food than he or she would if they ate slowly.
Certain foods are known to cause flatulence. Avoid feeding foods such as beans, peas, cauliflower or broccoli if your puppy has a problem with gas.
Puppy owners should expect their dog to pass gas. It is a normal biological function that you will have to live with. What goes in must come out. The good news is that there are some things you can do on your own without seeking costly medical advice.
Try feeding the puppy smaller meals several times a day. This also works well with adult dogs.
Avoid low quality dog foods. You do get what you pay for. Less money often equates to more gas when it comes to cheap pet foods.
If the puppy gobbles his or her food, you need to slow them down. This is easy to do and can be accomplished by placing several spoons in the food bowl. The puppy will have to nibble his or her way around the foods.
Avoid feeding treats that may include milk or cheese. Lactose definitely attributes to the flatulence problem.
Fresh and dried fruits can tend to cause gas, so avoid feeding these items to any puppy that has a bad case of flatulence.
Avoid canned foods that contain carrageenan, which is an ingredient used for texturing pet foods.
It can be helpful to walk the puppy within a half-hour of eating. This allows the puppy the opportunity to pass gas outdoors.
If these simple tips don’t help, consult your puppy’s veterinarian. There are “low residue” diets available that might help. Feeding a low residue diet allows the puppy’s body to digest and absorb nutrients before they reach the gas-forming bacteria found in the colon. Some puppies respond well to low nutrient diets.