Just about any dog owner can attest to the fact that flatulence in a pet is not a welcome occurrence. There you are, sitting quietly on the sofa with your pet, enjoying some R & R when all of the sudden, a stink bomb just let loose. Your dog is still calm and often sound asleep so it couldn’t be him (or her), could it? Breeds of dog with snub-noses like the boxers and bulldogs are often known for these sneak attacks; something you should discuss with your local Knoxville-area veterinarian as listed below or one that is closer to where you live.
You must face it, everyone passes gas at one time or another, including the dog (although they are more nonchalant about it)! Flatulence is very common in dogs; however, it can be a bit disturbing when you least expect it! If it is a frequent concern, there may be issues with chronic gastrointestinal disorders, which is not so common and normal.
The common cause of flatulence is possibly eating too quickly, gulping down food in addition of excess air, chewing inappropriate items that also allows for consumption of excess air, some respiratory ailments, food allergies or some intolerable food choices, bowel disease, concerns with the pancreas and more. If your dog has a problem with constant gas issues, it may be necessary to seek medical attention. Your veterinarian would do a medical history from what you observe along with possible other tests such as blood work, CT scans, x-rays, stool samples and more as required.
Knowing how to treat the issue depends on the results of his/her findings but may often require a diet change and medical treatment for what is causing the flatulence. Some dogs may require to eat smaller meals more often, with a mixture of wet and dry foods. Adding probiotics to the food often helps the digestive system. Some GI issues may require charcoal added to the diet or a simethicone which is similar to Gas-Ex for humans.
So, if flatulence is just an occasional disturbance, dismiss it and cover your nose. However, if it is something that is way to common and often, ask your veterinarian if there is a problem with your pet that may need immediate attention; for your comfort and that of your pet.
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-116
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956
Knoxville Animal Behaviorists – College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996