Gases in the dog, causes and solutions


Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and decay are symptoms that the dog may suffer from indigestion

  • Publication date: March 18, 2013

The phrase "with food is not played" is transferable to dogs. Not taking the dog's diet seriously can cause problems such as heavy digestions. The following is explained. why indigestion occurs in dogs and how to recognize them. In addition, five guidelines are detailed to avoid stomach problems in the animal, including offer a proper diet, avoid eating eagerly and avoid physical exercise after food intake.

Heavy digestions in the dog, why do they occur?

A heavy digestion occurs because the food remains longer than normal in the dog's intestine, which can lead to gastric problems that cause stomach discomfort and pain in the dog.

An inadequate diet in quality and quantity causes heavy digestion in the dog

The cause of this jam in the body of the dog may be due to an excessive amount of food that is ingested in a short time or by inappropriate food for the animal, such as leftovers of homemade food

Digestive problems in dogs are not strange. "Most veterinary consultations are due to digestive problems," says Imanol Sagarzazu.

Signs of indigestion in the dog

The dog vomits after eating, He is reluctant, inactive and decayed. These signals can give clues that the dog suffers a heavy digestion or indigestion process.

A "prayer posture" in the dog can alert you to suffering from indigestion. It is called this way because the dog is placed in a position similar to that of Muslims when they pray, in order to alleviate the discomfort they have in the stomach.

Below are five details. ways to prevent this unpleasant sensation for the dog that, if repeated often, can cause more serious gastrointestinal problems, such as gastritis.

1. A proper diet and in tight amounts for the dog

A good quality and specific feed for the dog (according to its size, age, health status and physical activity) is the best way to prevent heavy digestions.

"The proper digestibility of a quality food for the dog allows it to take advantage of nutrients and reduces the risk of digestive problems," according to veterinarian Ana Cameno.

The amount of feed that is offered to the dog on a daily basis is also key to avoid heavy digestion. The proper ration that the animal takes helps the digestive process of the food to develop smoothly and properly.

The right rations for a dog are mentioned in the canine food containers, especially in the case of high-end (higher quality). However, if this is not the case, the veterinarian can best adjust the amount of feed that the dog needs.

2. Prevent the dog from eating greedily

The dogs that swallow food with anxiety, are more likely to suffer heavy digestions. This circumstance is common in puppies, more impulsive and anxious at mealtime.

The consequence of eating the food without chewing and quickly is a Difficult and slow digestion in the dog, which can also translate into vomiting.

The solution to prevent the dog from eating the food at a fast pace is to divide the feed ration into two parts. And offer it to the animal with a time span of about 15 minutes.

There are also special feeders for dogs that eat too quickly. These dishes contain cavities that prevent the dog from catching the food in an accelerated way.

3. Avoid bones and food leftovers

The bones can cause serious gastrointestinal problems in the dog. They drag the mucosa of the stomach walls and produce wounds and obstructions.

Leftover food and homemade dog recipes that are not supervised by a canine nutritionist also cause gastrointestinal problems. Among them, heavy digestions.

4. The dog should not exercise after eating

A dog that runs, jumps and plays after eating does not let the food rest in the stomach. This makes it difficult for me to digest it properly.

Excessive movement of food and water in the stomach after ingestion, may cause vomiting and discomfort in the can. It is recommended that the dog rest around 30 minutes After eating food.

Physical exercise after meals causes indigestion in the dog and dangerous stomach torsions

In dogs of large breeds such as the German shepherd and the rottweiler there is an added risk: exercising with a full stomach can cause a dangerous torsion or twist of the stomach, which can lead to death.

5. Diets for dogs with a delicate stomach

The dogs that suffer from stomach pathologies, such as gastritis, food intolerances, or irritable bowel (similar to Crohn's disease in humans) require specific diets.

There are therapeutic feeds on the market that adapt to the nutritional needs of these dogs. In this sense, the veterinarian is the best connoisseur of the most recommended option for each dog.

Treat indigestion in the dog

Treatment for a dog suffering from indigestion goes through correct improper diet, either for its quality or quantity.

For its part, the veterinarian may prescribe antacids, stomach protectors or medications that stop the dog's vomiting, as appropriate in each case.

Causes of gas in the dog

Dog puppies are more likely to suffer from gas

The causes that cause gas in the dog are several. They are related to the food, certain pathologies and lifestyle of can.

On the one hand, some foods are related to a slow and heavy digestion. This makes them stay longer than adequate in the intestine, which causes gas to the dog.

"Among the foods that favor an excess of gases in the dog, legumes stand out," explains José Enrique Zaldívar, veterinarian.

Further, changes in diet or increased concentration of a component of the same also imply problems. In particular, carbohydrates and fiber can cause flatulence in the dog.

Dogs that eat very fast also eat air, which causes them to accumulate gas in the stomach. This problem is more common among puppies and brachycephalic (flat) dogs. Very young dogs, between three and 12 months, are very anxious to eat. Brachycephals, like the bulldog, have a bad bite, so they don't chew food well.

Pathologies that cause gas in the dog

Respiratory difficulties associated with very old dogs, with heart disease or pulmonary edema (inflammation of the lung tissue) are also risk factors for flatulence.

Further, the dog's lifestyle, especially if it is very old, it can be a risk factor against gases. Therefore, physical activity is recommended in the dog, but never before or after eating.

Prevention of gas in dogs

Flatulence in the dog can be prevented. Various feeding guidelines help this purpose. Dogs with food intolerances can suffer from gas more regularly, so it is even more important in these animals to offer a a good quality feed to facilitate digestion.

High-end feed (good quality) is characterized by high digestibility. In the case of dogs that eat food too quickly, such as puppies, adapted feeders, with special holes, are recommended to prevent the animal from eating too much feed in a single meal.

As for brachycephalic dogs, there are also special feed for them. Their croquettes have the necessary shape and size to force them to chew for a longer time, and thus avoid swallowing air.

Dogs that suffer from respiratory conditions, liver problems or intestinal parasites, that is, pathologies that involve the formation of gases, require specific treatments to stop flatulence problems.

Consequence of gases in the dog

The symptoms of a dog suffering from flatulence vary, depending on the severity of each case. In addition to the expulsion of gas through the mouth and anus, a dog may experience weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea.

The most serious cases of gas accumulation in the dog can cause the death of the animal

In other more serious cases, the dog can suffer cramps, abdominal pain and hardness, along with a dilation of the stomach (tympanism) that can cause death.

How to recognize a dog with gas problems? The can with gases will be displayed apathetic, incompetent and decayed. Faced with these discomforts, he will lean on the floor to seek relief in two ways: will bring the abdomen closer to feel cold.

Or you will lie down with a curious posture, called a Mohammedan, which consists of resting the front legs on the floor and keeping the hindquarters raised.

Gases, a common pathology among dogs

In veterinary clinics, flatulence among dogs is included in gastrointestinal pathologies. These diseases are the most treated in the consultations. They assume a 75% of cases treated each year.

Young dogs suffer the most frequent gas due to their impulsive nature. This translates into the compulsive intake of food and, therefore, the simultaneous entry of air.

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Note that the issue of flatulence in dogs can become serious if you don't try to solve it. It is that, in addition to the unpleasant smell, it is highly likely that the animal will suffer intestinal discomfort and, in extreme cases, a gastric torsion that can cause death.

The causes that cause smelly gases in dogs are varied. Between them:

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  • The type of power you receive. It is that some foods can favor a slow and heavy digestion, especially those that have excess carbohydrates and fiber.
  • That the animal eats too fast, which causes it to ingest a lot of air, causing the accumulation of gases in its stomach. This situation usually occurs in homes where there is more than one dog. Then, for fear that his peers will take away his portion, the dog rushes to eat it.
  • Some respiratory and hepatic pathologies and the presence of intestinal parasites.

Beyond the unpleasant smell they cause, flatulence in dogs must be treated to avoid major inconveniences in the pet's health.

Other reasons that cause smelly gases in dogs

Other reasons that can influence a dog to suffer gas can be:

  • The lifestyle he leads. Sedentary pets, which do not develop too much physical activity, have a tendency to suffer from windiness. If the furry is going through a stressful situation, it is also feasible to have gas.
  • Animal's age. For example, puppies have a greater tendency to suffer from gas, since they are very anxious when eating their food. And respiratory difficulties in elderly dogs also favor the formation of flatulence.
  • The race. In the case of brachycephalic dogs - short snouts, such as Bulldog or the Carlino- The bad bite they have causes them not to chew the food well, causing them to swallow more air.

How to solve the issue of flatulence in dogs

To prevent smelly gases in dogs, then, we must provide a good quality feed that contributes to facilitate digestion.

For brachycephalic dogs there are also specific balances, designed so that the animals are forced to chew for a longer time and thus absorb less air.

But if you prefer to give your hairy a homemade diet, consult the veterinarian or an animal nutrition specialist, to inform you on how to provide a diet that does not favor the formation of flatulence.