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Treating Flatulence with Dietary Supplements in Dogs

 

 

Often, the dog is blamed when foul smells “perfume” a room. But if your dog has the ability to clear a room with his frequent emissions, there may be something you can do to help make things a bit less "potent."

 

Causes of Flatulence

 

Gases are produced in the intestinal tract as a by-product of normal digestion. As these gases build up and pass through the body, they are expelled either alone or along with feces during a normal bowel movement. And while it remains a normal bodily function, certain animals produce and release an abnormal amount of gas. Persistent flatulence is not a life-threatening condition, but it can be uncomfortable for those living with the potent pup.

 

One of the main causes of gas in the intestinal tract is air swallowed during eating. Dogs that gulp their food and eat rapidly may have a greater amount of air in their digestive tracts than those that eat at a more sedate pace. Another cause of excessive gas buildup is food quality. If the pet food is less digestible, or has poor-quality ingredients, the animal’s digestive tract may not be able to process it properly, resulting in excessive amounts of gas. Flatulence can also result when a dog gets into the garbage and/or eats something that is not a normal part of the daily diet.

 

In addition, food allergies may play a role in the development of excess gas in the digestive tract. Flatulence can also come about as a result of intestinal disease or infection that interferes with the normal function of the intestinal tract. If flatulence is a result of a digestive enzyme deficiency, the animal may not be able to properly digest the food he eats.

 

If a severe case of flatulence is a sudden occurrence, the animal is experiencing signs of discomfort (i.e., groaning, stretching, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea), and has a diminished appetite, consult your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian can run diagnostic tests to rule out intestinal diseases as well as digestive enzyme deficiencies. Tests that might be recommended include blood analyses, fecal examination, X-rays, etc.

 

Treating Flatulence

 

Depending on the situation, your veterinarian may recommend a different diet; a new method of feeding your pet; or the addition of enzymes, probiotics, and/or dietary supplements to the animal’s food. A good-quality, well-balanced diet will allow for easier digestion and reduce the amount of waste being produced.

 

If the pet is a fast eater, there are several methods available to slow down his eating and reduce the amount of air ingested in the process. Keeping pets out of the garbage and not providing table scraps or human food treats will also reduce the incidences of indigestion, as does regular exercise.

 

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  • 05/16/2011 05:13am

    That's pretty amazing. Anyway, I hope that vets are not confused with this news that a health supplement business has been ordered to recall its line of dietary supplements from store shelves in nine states for promoting its products as medications. I found this here: Pill maker ordered to stop marketing diet pills as antibiotics: read on newsytype.com. Multi-Mex Distributors, Inc., was accused of selling Amoxilina as an antibiotic. The dietary supplement is packaged to look just like an over-the-counter antibiotic in Mexico, which is allegedly to trick Latino consumers into purchasing the pills.


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