You’re having a quiet night at home with Netflix, ice cream and your dog. It really doesn’t get better than this. So, maybe you sneak a few bites of French vanilla ice cream to your pooch. She is the best dog in the world, after all. Just as you’re about to dive into episode five, you get a whiff of something foul. You do the incessant, quick sniffing of the air all around and the closer you get to your best friend’s back end, you realize what disrupted your utopia—a dog fart.

The shame in your dog’s eyes is almost enough to make you overlook the derriere assault—almost. If your dog is experiencing flatulence at an exceedingly increased rate, dig into the reason. There’s nothing that can clear a room faster than a dog fart.  

So, what makes up a dog fart? It’s more clinical than you think:

  • Elimination of gas from the anus, odorous or not
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Mild stomach bloating
  • Excessive stomach growling and gurgling sounds

If these symptoms are accompanied by diarrhea, loose or bloody stools or vomiting there could be a more serious underlying condition that requires you to see your veterinarian sooner rather than later. Always note when these symptoms occurred and how long they’ve been going on.

We’re going to deep dive this gassy common problem so it you can understand the root cause and establish fragrant harmony in your house again. The last thing you want is your buddy’s dog fart to land her in, well, the dog house. There are three major causes of flatulence in dogs.

Poor Quality Food

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The number one culprit in causing a dog fart is low quality dog food. So many dog foods these days claim many miraculous outcomes. From grain free to wild caught ingredients, it’s hard to tell what will reduce or eliminate the gassy output that many dogs—and therefore their owners—are afflicted with.

The dog foods most commonly found in your grocery store and your local pet store have been processed so much they lose many of the nutrients your dogs require. The enzymes found in meat, animal fats and oils are destroyed by the high heat process associated with cooking down ingredients in these brands. Dogs are carnivores, after all.

When tested, dogs with a lot of gas are found to be deficient in essential enzymes and nutrients. Low quality dog food fillers may be the culprit of the next dog fart that clears the room. The offending issues with poor quality food are:

  • Dairy products—vanilla ice cream counts here
  • Soybeans, pea proteins and beans
  • Spoiled, rancid or old food
  • Fermentable fibers like oat bran and psyllium

It’s not just low-quality food that is the culprit of that dog fart. Your pooch’s gut may be trying to tell you something.

Poor Digestion

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All these fillers and even added chemicals can upset the natural balance of your fur baby’s gut health. Dog food today is comprised of mainly grains and those are tough for your dog to digest. Dogs need fiber but not as the bulk of their diet.

It may not just be their diet that contributes to a dog fart every hour. She may have an underlying digestive issue that your vet can diagnose and treat. Some of these include:

  • Food allergies
  • Anemia
  • Dehydration
  • Stomach ulcers
  • A tumor, polyp or cyst in the digestive tract
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stomach ulcers
  • A tumor, polyp or cyst in the digestive tract
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Don’t worry too much or assume the worst. It’s more common for your dog’s gas to be caused by more harmless and easily remedied issues. There are options for you to try that won’t leave your pup running for cover because you’re brewing disgusting concoctions and force feeding her. You want meal time to be an enjoyable event for your dog.

Home Remedies for a Dog Fart

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You’ve decided you don’t want to start out giving your dog medicine. There are natural home remedies that can relieve flatulence and digestive issues. Get an all-clear from your vet before trying:

  • Canned pumpkin added to food- just a teaspoon for small and tablespoon for large breeds
  • Canine specific probiotic
  • Slippery elm herb
  • Ginger essential oil mixed with a carrier oil rubbed on the stomach
  • Plain yogurt added to food
  • Digestive enzymes
  • L-glutamine

Some of these remedies aren’t immediate fixes. If you still smell a dog fart, stick with it. Relief will come.

High-Fat and Spicy Foods

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Spicy Foods

Your dog desperately wants just a little taste of that spicy wet burrito you’re digging into. Don’t do it. First, your dog only has about 1700 taste buds to your 9000 so she will not taste the intricacies of the mole sauce you rave about. Spices can upset your dog’s digestive tract and may cause one big dog fart as a nice button on dinner.

Some ingredients that make up spicy foods like garlic and onions are actually damaging to your dog’s cells. These ingredients can destroy your pup’s red blood cells.

High-Fat Dog Food

Certain kinds of fat are great for your dog because they’re what they would get if they were in the wild. The best fats you can give your dog are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats that are found in wild caught fish like salmon, eggs and poultry. Beef is also low in fat and high in protein. Feeding you pooch the fat you’ve cut off your steak is asking for a dog fart to clear the room.

The problem with commercial dog food high in fat is that it becomes rancid quickly. Rancid food is sure to cause your companion to rip a big dog fart and leave her feeling super uncomfortable.

Dog Approved People Food

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Dogs should really just eat dog food; the way you should only eat people food. If your baby’s begging eyes are too much for you to handle, there are foods that won’t result in crazy gas and can even be a good addition to what they’re eating. Always give these as a treat and not a staple:

  • Natural peanut butter- never with sugar or sweeteners
  • Eggs-easily digestible and a great protein boost
  • Cooked chicken- no spices, no salt. This can even be a great substitute if you run out of dog food
  • Baby carrots- good source of vitamins and low in calories
  • Pumpkin- settle the stomach and may reduce a dog’s desire to eat… poop
  • Green beans- low in calories and high in fiber
  • Apple slices- freshens breath and high in fiber
  • Oatmeal- Cooked with nothing added can help with bowel irregularities

Please make sure all the foods above have nothing added to them. Your dog’s system likes none of the additions you like for flavor.

Toxic Foods

no symbol

There are definite no-no’s for your dog. These foods can cause a terrible and sometimes lethal reaction. If your dog gets their paws on any of these, call your vet immediately. Note when your dog ate the item and how much of it they ingested. Keep these away from your dog:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee and caffeine
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk and dairy
  • Onions and garlic
  • Salt
  • Xylitol- artificial sweetener found in Peanut Butter
  • Yeast and yeast dough

If you’re leaving your dog with a sitter, it’s a good idea to leave this list taped to the fridge. The sitter may not know the foods that can really hurt your dog.

Homemade Dog Food

Homemade wet Dog Food

If you’ve got the time and the money, you can make your own dog food. You need to use the freshest ingredients. Make a note of the date you prepared it and its expiration date. Here’s a simple recipe for homemade dog food:

  • Five pounds of grass-fed raw ground beef
  • Nine hard boiled, pastured or free-range eggs
  • Five cups cooked white rice- brown or long grain is too hard to digest
  • Omega fatty acid supplement
  • Dinovite- a supplement specifically designed to reduce gas

Introducing New Food

dry dog food

Quickly introducing a new food can cause digestive issues. The best way is to fast your dog for 24 hours—this can be tough so shoot for 12 if you can’t stand it. Introduce ¼ of what she would normally eat on the first day and increase that by ¼ over the next four days.

Dogs will need about the same amount of raw food they do of commercial food. Keep an eye on her weight over the first 15-30 days and adjust as necessary.
Your dog can swallow too much air if she eats too fast causing bloating. You can put her food in a muffin pan or use a slow feeding bowl to slow her roll and reduce gas.

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Conclusion

While a dog fart can be funny, it can also mean your dog is suffering from digestive issues you can fix. Take a trip to your veterinarian to rule out anything serious. Most issues are uncomplicated and can get better with a few dietary or lifestyle tweaks. Sometimes, your vet may give you a prescription diet and/or medication to treat an ongoing issue.

Try one change at a time so you know what works and what doesn’t. Give each option you try a week to see if it’s making a difference. Be patient, your dog and your nose will thank you.

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