Why Your Puppy is So Gassy

by Perfect Puppy Care on March 28, 2012

Gassy Puppy

One of the primary reasons why puppies are so gassy is the fact that they take in a lot of air while they’re gulping down their food. Young puppies are excitable, energetic, and almost always insatiably hungry; when it comes to dealing with large emissions of gas from your beloved pet, it’s important to understand that your young dog’s big intakes of air are likely to blame for a lot of his or her gassiness. However, the diet that you feed to your loyal and cuddly puppy dog may also produce a fair amount of gas.

Is the Wrong Puppy Food the Culprit?

For example, budget dog food may have cheaper ingredients and fillers that trigger some nasty, gassy noises and odors. Switching to a higher grade of puppy chow may help to alleviate canine gas issues, although it may not eliminate the problem completely.

If you’re feeding your puppy “people” food, you should know that most vets don’t really recommend this sort of food for growing pups. Sometimes, the spices, oils, and fillers in “people food” can be very upsetting for little puppy bellies, and they often trigger a host of digestive problems that lead to painful attacks of “puppy gas”.

Raw meat may even contain salmonella bacteria and other nasty elements that have the capacity to make Fido very sick. To stay on the safe side, choose high-quality puppy chows that are holistic, healthy, and designed to soothe your young dog’s tummy. Make sure your puppy is getting enough fiber in his chow, and plenty of pure, clean water.

How Can You Make Fido Eat More Slowly?

It’s not easy to make a hungry puppy slow down when he or she is ready to wolf down the whole contents of his or her food bowl; however, learning how to slow down your young dog’s eating process may be very beneficial. Less rushing, wolfing and gulping often means less air in a puppy’s system and less gas emissions after meals.
Certain accessories, such as smaller food bowls, are designed to stop a puppy from wolfing down everything at once. There are also other food bowls that come complete with little partitions that break up a portion into four smaller portions. A puppy will eat one portion and then move onto the next, and this clever partition system slows down the whole noshing rythym.

These innovative dog bowls are designed to help your puppy enjoy his or her food without sucking in too much extra air; while these solutions work for some young dogs, other pups will not be cured of puppy gas due to these accessories.

Make Sure Your Pup Gets Enough Exercise

If you’re tried a change in diet and special food bowls and all of the rest of it, but you still haven’t got the gas-free canine that you’re hoping to have, you may need to spend more time outdoors with your puppy. Hard exercise will help your pup to expel noxious gases, and it will aid the entire digestive process. Making sure your pup gets plenty of fresh air and exercise can be fun; after all, it’s really pleasant to frolic with a little dog any time of the year. However, your young dog should only be exercised for the right amount of time; this time period should be based on the puppy’s weight.

Young canines do get tired easily, and they need rest as much as they need to romp out of doors. Balance is the key to keeping your dog healthy as he or she develops into adulthood. Refining your puppy’s diet, scheduling the right amount of outdoor time, and giving your beloved pet lots of rest time and affection will all contribute to less puppy gas and less gastrointestinal upset.

While there will always be times when puppies have a little gas, the whole gassiness issue may be ameliorated by paying attention to how a puppy eats, what a puppy eats, and how much rest and playtime a puppy gets. If you pay careful attention to all of these elements and your young dog is still experiencing a major amount of gas, it’s probably time to see a vet. It’s possible that Fido may have a little infection that may require some treatment with antibiotics.

Puppy farts and canine gassiness are always the “butt” of jokes; for many pet owners, dealing with gassy noises and smells from their young dogs is just part of life. When you try the tips detailed here, you should enjoy at least a little reduction in the intensity and frequency of your puppy’s gas symptoms.

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