Common causes of your pet's flatulence and how to naturally treat it accordingly
Nothing ruins cuddle time with your dog or cat more than them emitting nasty flatulence (i.e. farts)! What's even worse is when you take your dog on an outing and they choose the perfect moment while driving in the car to let rip their inner demons! Nobody, even the most dedicated of fur parents, enjoy sharing an environment with a pet who suffers from flatulence, gas or farts! And seriously, by the smell of things, this just can't be healthy!
Occasional gas (farts) is completely normal, healthy and mostly bearable. In fact, certain breeds are known to be more prone than others! However, when your pet is farting a bit too regularly accompanied by pungent smells, it's time to get serious about things! If you notice that your dog or cat has excessive gas, you may want to flush away your toilet humour and realise that there is most likely an underlying medical issue!
Find out below what might be causing your pet's flatulence and how to naturally treat it accordingly.
Common signs that your pet suffers from flatulence
- Regular expulsion of gas (either with or without a pungent smell)
- Abdominal bloating and/or discomfort
- Regular 'rumbling' of the stomach (borborygmus)
Common causes of flatulence in pets
An incorrect diet is one of the main causes of your pet's flatulence. Most cases of chronic flatulence are caused by a diet that is poorly digested by the dog.
- Expired food
- Legumes - beans, peas and soybeans etc.
- Certain carbohydrates such as corn, wheat, potatoes, barley, rice etc.
- Our leftovers - processed foods that many of us eat can wreak havoc on our pets' stomachs
- Budget pet food filled with high amounts of fillers, preservatives and grain (see Grandma Lucy's Artisan Chicken for a healthy, nutritious and natural dog food alternative)
Tip: Find out HERE which foods are toxic and unhealthy for dogs and cats to eat.
Aerophagia (increased swallowing of air)
Some pets swallow too much air while eating or drinking. The reasons for this vary, but it's usually due to nervous pets who eat or drink too fast! It can also be caused when animals eat too shortly after exercise, when their breathing is increased, or if they have a respiratory disease.
Tip: For dogs and cats who suffer from respiratory diseases, strengthen their immune system and relieve symptoms of colds and respiratory infections with Respo-K. Respo-K is a natural, effective homeopathic remedy that reduces sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and snotty noses, and shortens recovery time from respiratory infections!
Certain digestive diseases and disorders may be the cause for your pet's flatulence. Read the list below to see which diseases could be the cause of your dog or cats flatulence.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A gastrointestinal infection accompanied by diarrhea, mucous in faeces, nausea and vomiting, lethargy and appetite loss.
- Tumours: Take your pet to the vet if you suspect that they might have a stomach tumour. This could be the cause of your pet's excessive flatulence. Help in the prevention and treatment of cancer with C-Caps, a natural remedy that slows down the spread of cancer cells to surrounding tissue and accelerates healing.
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO): Gas and diarrhea are the major symptoms of SIBO. SIBO is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. Diatomaceous Earth is a great natural worm and parasite repellent, which can be added to their food as a daily supplement.
- Intestinal parasites: Parasites such as worms can be a huge health issue in pets, with side effects varying from flatulence all the way to vision loss! Get rid of your pet's intestinal parasites safely with Worm Dr, a herbal and homeopathic de-worming formula for dogs and cats. You can also give your pet Diatomaceous Earth, a natural worm and parasite repellent, as a daily supplement.
- Enteritis: Enteritis is inflammation of the small intestine and is most commonly caused by food or drink contaminated with pathogenic microbes! To effectively detox your pet's digestive system, Digestive Support reduces inflammation and other digestive issues.
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI): EPI is the inability to properly digest food due to a lack of digestive enzymes made by the pancreas. LiverAid is a natural homeopathic remedy that improves the health and functioning of the pancreas, as well as the liver and gall bladder.
Digestive imbalance caused by illness, unhealthy diet or antibiotic treatment: A good probiotic is recommended for pets who have a digestive
system imbalance, including candida overgrowth due to antibiotic treatment or too much sugar or carbohydrate in the diet. Reduce sugary snacks and give your dog or cat a course of Canigest – a probiotic and pre-biotic especially formulated for pets.
If your pet's flatulence continues or gets worse, please make sure you take them to the vet for medical attention. To view our entire range of digestive treatments for pets, please follow this link.
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