Controlling Gas

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dog-gasAlthough gas production is a natural part of the digestive process, some dogs produce more than others and are not always fun to be around!

If you want to keep your dog’s gas problem under control, follow these flatulence busters.

Slow it down
Flatulence (or farting) is often caused by air that is gulped down when eating too quickly. Putting a large object in your dog’s food dish will force him to slow down when eating.

The object should be something that is too large for him to pick up in his mouth. A ball (relevant to his mouth size) is ideal. If you have more than one dog, feed them separately to reduce competition for food. You may also try scattering dry food around the yard so your dog will need to forage for it.

dog-elevate-bowl-1Elevate it
Dogs that do not have to bend over to eat will swallow less air, which means less flatulence.

Change it up
Your brand of dog food may also be the culprit, particularly if it is high in soy.
Change over gradually so your dog’s digestive systems can adapt to the new food. Substitute about 25% new food for the old food each week so that by the fourth week your dog is completely on the new food.

Take a walk
Light exercise aids digestion and works out the gas while you are outside. If your dog eliminates during the walk, even better for you!

Intestinal Flora
Add acidophilus or prozyme to your dog’s food. These products help in the digestive process and may even help eliminate gas completely.

Keep Watch
Watch what your dog eats. Too much food at one time can cause gas, as can eating too many table scraps or extra treats.

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