My canine child, is 100 pounds of pure nasty gas. He is a “Boxador”, or for those who don’t like pretentious names, a boxer/labrador mix.
He’s just over a year old, so he is still growing. That makes for a lot of dog food purchases, and, well, lots of stinky farts.
Why do dogs fart so much? Well, one of the factors is the breed. Boxers are notoriously gassy, as well as many other deep-chested dog breeds, including the Labrador and the Coonhound.
(My dog sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed, and it’s pretty bad when the dog wakes you up simply by stench.)
Many dogs also have food allergies that go undiagnosed unless there’s a serious reaction.
Some of those allergies can cause itching, hives, and you guessed it….gas.
Rather than wear a gas mask to bed, I decided to do a little research into how to stop the funk, and came up with a few things that I would like to share with my dog loving friends.
Many things can cause a dog to be gassy, but the main culprit, besides breed, is food.
Most commercial dog foods contain a bunch of fillers, and these could be things that are either not extremely healthy or that irritate your particular dog’s digestive track.
If you are buying dry kibble for your dog, you should make sure that the first ingredients listed on the label are meat proteins, followed by vegetables and carbohydrates.
If the first thing you see is cornmeal, oatmeal, or white flour….skip it.
Those are the fillers that can make your dog gassy, and can also make them fat.
Soy protein is hard for dogs to digest, and can make them fart a lot. (It makes humans fart, too).
If you want to continue to feed your dog dry kibble, try to go organic, with the least amount of ingredients as possible.
Otherwise, you can go one step further (and cheaper so far!) by making your own “dog food” at home.
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