Last Modified on Jan 23, 2013
Everyone knows the old joke that when you're in a room with other people and that very familiar, yet unpleasant odor begins to circulate, people start to eye each other looking for the culprit.' If the dog is present in the room it is generally he or she who becomes the scapegoat and is blamed for the smell.' But what about when it really is the dog who creates the foul aroma?
There are many factors that could possibly contribute to a gas problem with your pet. The quality or brand of food that you are feeding the animal may be the cause and as a result is not being digested properly before it reaches the large intestine. Alternately, the animal may have a negative chemical reaction within the digestive system, which is causing the gas problem. Or, if your pet is one who gulps down their food quickly, it is possible that in the process they may be swallowing large amounts of air, which in turn causes the gas. There are numerous potential causes for excessive flatulence, some of which may present the symptom of gas as that of a much more serious medical problem, or however it may simply be a reaction to a particular food or to how quickly that food is consumed.
Try using Nux Vomica to reduce or eliminate the problem of flatulence. Nux Vomica (otherwise known as Poison Nut) is a homeopathic treatment that is very successful in the remedy of indigestion and flatulence in pets. You can purchase Nux Vomica through online sources or even at your local health or homeopathic stores.
[YEA] 07/11/2009: Nell from Sydney, NSW, Australia: "Acidopholus Bifidus for Flatulence: One of my shelter kitties had nasty flatulence when I brought him home I'm thinking due to his being a stray and eating whatever he possibly could out of desperation whether it was rotten or not so I gave him one quarter to half a teaspoon of AB powder daily disguised in his wet cat food for about a month and the flatulence as well as his diahorhea subsided I guess once he got a build up of good bacteria in his little gut. Perhaps you could use this if your cat won't eat yoghurt."Replies
11/22/2010: Sarah from Denver, Co replies: "Tiger balm works almost instantly on both humans and dogs. I use it on my service dog while flying or in public places. It will not fix the underlying cause but will provide relief for several hours. The label used to say it worked on flatulence but when the packaging changed several years ago that statement was removed. It still seems to work."
[YEA] 03/20/2011: Jerome from Brooklyn, Ny: "YEA. I began pouring about 1/4 cup of homemade kefir over my 70lb Boxer's food recently and noticed that he has almost completely stopped passing gas, despite eating just as much as ever. Prior to the kefir he used to pass gas so bad it could choke a horse. We are very happy."Replies
03/25/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.usa replies: "Did you ever think of changing his diet? some times certain foods are toxic to humans as well as animals. Good luck."
Slippery Elm and Yogurt
[YEA] 03/18/2009: Doris from Mississauga, Ontario: "I have two white boxers who both have sensitive stomachs who frequently got indigestion and gas. I started using plain yogurt and slippery elm. I open up a capsule and pour in the powder into their food and now they have no more gas or upset stomach. It works great."Replies
03/05/2011: Tami from Montgomery, Tx replies: "Hi I was wondering how much of each do you put in there food? I have a white boxer and her gas will run you out of the room!"
[YEA] 07/12/2007: Ron from Salem, OR: "Regarding the Feeding your dog yogurt story -- I have also done this with my cats and they like the stuff and they seem to get better after a few days of feeding them this. I go to the health food store and get them organic yogurt."
[YEA] 08/09/2006: Amy from Odenville, AL: "My dog was having stomach problems; gas, weight loss, eating grass and vomiting. After about a week, we had blood tests and a complete exam with the vet, who could not say what was wrong. No parasites or worms, no organ problems. At wit's end, I thought about probiotics and yogurt helping people's stomachs. I checked, and yogurt is safe to feed dogs. My dog eats at least 4 tablespoons of yogurt per day and has not had any more problems; even his weight is back to normal. It is his favorite "treat" and my other dogs get it every day too!"
[YEA] Andrea from Sanford, NC: "I need to ask Amy if she had exploritory surgery on her dog to rule out cancer or an obstruction. My dog is still throwing up about every 3 days and has bouts of watery diarrhea. We wet to the vet for a yogurt based medicine plus Gas-Ex and anti-diarrhea meds but no luck yet. Our dog has lost 6 pounds and we are worried sick. He has been on medication for 10 days. How long did it take for your dog to turn around? Please write back soon. Anybody who has any answers. We are looking into the surgery. Thank you."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Andrea: Try pouring a bottle of vinegar on the body of the dog. The dog by instinct will lick it. The vinegar quite often will detoxify most toxic compounds and will remove whatever toxin, by a vomit. Thereafter the dog should generally get better."
03/28/2009: Jim from Syracuse, NY/USA replies: "Our 24 lb Schnoodle had digestive problems from the day we brought him home at 7 wks old. He would have dangerous bouts of hemmoragic gastro enteritis (extremely bloody diarehea). After six years of good days and bad days we discovered he has gluten intolerance. He was on a prescription canned food but we were still giving him biscuits with wheat in them! Now we make our own biscuits from his canned food and he has improved with no bloody bouts in a year. Check your pets food, it most likely has some sort of gluten in it. Jim"
01/23/2013: Sb from Sc Mtns, Ca replies: "Without luck just using probiotics and high quality dog food, I used BENTONITE CLAY one time to remove toxins. Worked great! Now my dog has no more gas and is absorbing the food and probos are helping too!"