My dog Sal used to clear a room with one blast.
It was silent.
It was deadly.
I actually began naming her truly extravagant range of farts—rotted pumpkin, mustard gas, putrefying squirrel. When watching nightly movies became too painful due to fog darts, that is, dog farts, I took it upon myself to get to the bottom of Sal’s gaseous attacks.
I spent years, and tried many things, which are listed below.
But the surefire 100% amazing clearcut solution was a dog food kibble that honors the large intestine with lots of fiber. That's how Sal's savvy veterinarian described it. "It's a lower GI problem," he said, when I described the gas and frequent diarrhea and upset stomachs Sal endured. He sold me a bag of food and I went home skeptical.
I switched to Hill's Science Diet WD kibble, and Sal was cured overnight! She has not farted in two whole months. No upset stomachs. No loose poops at all, which is a modern-day miracle. She's a regular dog gal, now, and I am amazed and grateful. I spent six years trying to get her choice of kibble right. What a happy ending to this story.
A vet has to prescribe this kibble. Why not ask yours if this might be the answer to your dog's gassy digestion? Good luck finding a gas-free friendship!
Here are the earlier results of my inquiry, starting back in 2011.
1. Get doggie probiotics from your veterinarian. They are not expensive. Buy a small packet of 10 tablets. Give your dog one per day before breakfast for ten days. You may notice quick results.
If these two alone do not solve your gas attacks, your dog’s diet is the problem.
If you still notice the occasional fart . . .
If your dog is farting, it needs your help. Probiotics for a week, Beano for eternity, and serve easily digestible foods. Your pup and your nose will thank you for it.
Feel free to post any other fart-reduction tips! Fog darts
in your house can be a thing of
UPDATE—12/2012: I no longer use Beano with Sal. Once her farts regulated, I stopped giving her the Beano. The MAIN culprit of her upset stomach, I now see, was feeding her too much food. The kibble bag suggested up to 3 3/4 cups per day for a dog her weight. My vet nearly hit the roof when hearing that. Sal is older and less active. I cut her kibble down to 2 cups per day, with a tablespoon of diced boiled chicken and a tablespoon of yogurt added to each meal, morning and night. She handles this amount beautifully. I still mix the Prescription Diet kibble with the Natural Balance kibble 50/50. This has made a huge difference in her digestive happiness.
My dear sister just reminded me: putting two medium-large rocks in your dog's food bowl will slow 'em down. They have to eat around the rocks. By gulping less air while eating, they reduce their need to fart. Try this first, before the probiotics. Thanks, Katherine!
P.S. If your dog eats unknown condiments of the wild (off-trail rancid who-knows-what) nothing will stop those farts but time.