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Posted on 09-28-2012
Have you ever had friends over when an overly powerful awful smell takes hold of the room? When your friends ask what the smell is, you embarrassingly have to put your head down and explain to them that your dog can sometimes be a little "windy". Flatulence in dogs, although disruptive and obnoxious to you, is rarely a serious health issue. Sudden onset of gas may be associated with a change in diet, exploring through the trash can or an intestinal parasite. Chronic flatulence is more associated with diets that contain foods that are not easily digestible. Dogs that inhale their food are also swallowing a large amount of air, which is another common cause of gas. Dogs that are gassy may have some discomfort in their abdomen. Dogs who have an underlying digestive issue may also exhibit medical issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss in appetite and weight loss.
To help keep your dog's flatulence to a minimum, there are a few things that we, as pet owners, can do:
If you have tried the steps listed above and your dog is still experiencing flatulence, an examination by our veterinarian should be sought to rule out any digestive disorders. If you have any questions regarding flatulence, please call us at Eagle Animal Hospital (610)458-8789 or visit our website: www.eagleanimalvet.com. Eagle Animal Hospital serves Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and surrounding areas.
Written by Alyson Kelly, veterinary technician
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