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Gassy Lassie

By: Jennifer Schell

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Dog farts. For some, they’re no joke, but like a bad comedian they can clear a room.
A common problem for breeds such as Boxers and French Bulldogs, flatulence stems
from a variety of problems.

Swallowed air, usually the result of a wolfed-down dinner, is the most common culprit
where garden-variety gas is concerned. Excessive flatulence can most often be blamed
on dietary issues, though it’s best to check with your vet that an infection or illness
isn’t at the root of your dog’s malodourous emissions. Diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of
appetite are usual accompaniments if there’s a serious problem.

If illness has been ruled out, a few ways to reduce flatulence are to change your dog’s
food to a higher quality diet of whole foods devoid of fillers while simultaneously
slowing down his eating by feeding a series of smaller meals or using a specially
designed obstacle dish. Canine-specific probiotic additives are another option, and
activated charcoal has been known to diminish the odour, if not the situation itself.

To slow your dog’s eating, try Brake-Fast’s obstacle bowl. The simple protrusions
stop dogs from bolting their food. (

Intelliflora nutritional supplement contains a blend of four active live bacteria strains
that promote intestinal health. (


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By: Jennifer Schell
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