Farting Dogs are no Laughing Matter

9th March 2020
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Farting Dogs are no Laughing Matter

I read somewhere that the 7th of January is National Pass Gas Day. Does that give us all free licence to go around farting in public? I don’t think so unless they are handing out free gas masks. But National Pass Gas Day gave me pause for reflection. Dogs fart and when they do they usually have one of two reactions. They rush off in fright at the unexpected noise or give us a withering look for bursting into laughter.

There are several canine breeds known for their frequent farting habits. Here are a few:

  1. One of the top offenders is Boxers. They are known for their sulphuric anal acoustics, delivered with unabashed passion.
  2. Next, but by far least, are Pugs. These little handfuls of wrinkles are known to let rip, day or night. This is one breed that gives itself such a fright when it farts that flight is the only option.
  3. Another famed farting breed is the Bulldog, whose gassy escapades can’t even be masked by air freshener.
  4. Pitbull Terriers are known to be greedy eaters. For that reason, they swallow a lot of air while eating. This, in turn, leads to many trumpeting farts. 
  5. Rottweilers have no shame whatsoever when it comes to farting in public. They are known to let rip with wild abandon, even while snuggling.
  6. German Shepherd’s are nonchalant farters. Much like humans, they will stroll away from “the spot”, head held high, while leaving behind their gaseous gifts. 

Why do dogs fart?

What dogs eat will translate into whether or not they fart. For example, diets that have a high content of carbohydrates, corn, starches and soy will result in especially foul-smelling farts.

Problems

  1. Carbohydrates are indigestible.
  2. Meals containing too much meat can also result in very smelly farts.
  3. Food allergies often cause gas.
  4. A change of diet (a different brand of feed) often causes farting.
  5. If your dog does not get enough exercise he will be prone to more farting.
  6. Dogs that wolf their food down swallow air. This results in flatulence. 
  7. Farting can also be the result of a gastrointestinal illness.

Solutions

  1. Cut back on carbohydrates.
  2. Reduce meat content in meals.
  3. A visit to the vet could sort out any allergy-related problems.
  4. Check with your vet before changing your dog’s brand of food. He/she can advise which diet ill best suit your animal’s digestive system.
  5. Lack of exercise leads to a build-up of gas. Taking your dog for a walk, or playing with him in the yard, will not only be beneficial for his health but also yours!
  6. If your dog is a greedy eater, feeding him smaller amounts of food more often throughout the day could stop him from swallowing air.
  7. Remember, that while farting dogs can be cause for much hilarity, the problem could be far more serious. There are many illnesses related to excessive flatulence in canines. These include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, tumours or the presence of parasites in their systems. 

Rather be safe than sorry, take your canine to your vet if you believe his farting is no longer a laughing matter.