Why Does My Pet Have Gas?

by on November 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

It’s completely normal for your pet to have gas just like humans do, however if your pet has excessive amounts of gas, unwanted side effects can occur for both pets and owners.

The occurrence of gas varies from breed to breed and can cause not only some embarrassing moments for pet owners, but may also be the result of a medical condition. Boxers in particular are prone to excessive gas due to their short muzzles.

Pets generally develop gas from swallowing air while drinking water or eating food. There are two types of gas that may develop in pets, gastric and intestinal. Gastric gas involves the accumulation of gas in the stomach which can cause belching. A lot of times, animals develop stomach gas which can be remedied by belching or even vomiting, which although completely safe is not a welcomed sight by pet owners.

Intestinal gas involves the intestines and produces flatulence and can be much more serious. Chronic flatulence occurs when there is an excessive accumulation of gas in the digestive tract and can have a strongly offensive odor that often indicates there is a much bigger issue than just simple gas.

Bacteria fermentation of undigested proteins from your pet’s food can also lead to smelly flatulence and is occasionally the result of gastric distention (bloating), which can be detrimental to your pets’ health. Other reasons for chronic smelling flatulence include gastroenteritis, malabsorption syndrome, parasitic infection or pancreatic disease. Any one of these underlying causes should be considered especially if weight loss is noted.

Preventing and relieving excessive gas can be as easy as a change in diet. Restrict your pets’ fat intake and avoid soybeans, peas and dairy products. In addition, Pimpinella anisum has been used to help treat digestive disorders such as gas, and to promote healthy digestion. Homeopathic ingredients such as
Magnesium Phosphate, Carbo veg and Nux vomica is also recommended for excess gas, constipation or diarrhea.

Flatulence Preventer is a homeopathic remedy that relieves foul-smelling gas and discomfort by maintaining digestive health.

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