How to handle a dog with incredibly bad gas?

asked 2016-07-28 21:26:16 -0500

We have a 3 yr old Boxer with us this week. We are half way thru an 8 day stay and have gone through an entire container of Febreze. LOL!! But seriously, this dog has unbelievably bad gas. All. Day. Long.

We are not giving him anything to eat besides the food his Owner gave us. Is there anything I can do to alleviate this? It seems like an odd thing to bother his owner about.

Any suggestions? or do you think I should bother the owner?? Obviously not in a complaining manner, but just to see if he has any insight?

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answered 2016-07-28 22:26:05 -0500

Oh my goodness - I totally understand this. My dog has struggled with gas for a while - and when she passes gas, it is so loud that she startles herself and then looks at as like "What WAS that?!"

I do think you should tell the owners, but only because the experience of my dog having gas was something that came right before a bout of very severe pancreatitis. I would check in with the owners and let them know that the pup seems to have some stomach upsets resulting in gas, and while it doesn't seem to be upsetting him at all, you just want to make sure that they are aware - and maybe see if they even already have a solution. It might be nothing at all, it is most likely just that his "nerves" about staying in a new place are coming out through stomach upsets, even if he seems totally fine otherwise, but since my dog's pancreatitis, any gas is a sign that she is flaring up and needs to be put back on meds for a bit.

Good luck to you -- dog gas is SO crazy stinky, honestly it is sometimes unbelievable it can come from such small creatures. One more dog gas story (is this enough TMI for you yet?) -- I had a bull dog staying with me a few weekends ago, and he had a bout of gas one evening after having a treat (I've stopped giving any treats to any dogs after this - it's just not worth it!). He was nearly 80 pounds of lumbering giant and would walk around and just slide on the floor. He decided to walk up the steps, and with each slow step he took, he would release a ridiculously loud and pungent dog fart. 13 steps later, and our entire family had left the room. He fell asleep right at the top of the stairs and started snoring.... I'm telling you... DOGS!

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Omg this is too funny.

Carmen C.'s profile image Carmen C.  ( 2016-07-28 23:29:43 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-09-13 23:53:28 -0500

My vet said regular over the counter human - use antacid. Baking soda works in a pinch. A vet would have to ok AND advise on dosage for individual dogs (by size mostly). And you probably should clear it with the owner. I don't think it's unreasonable to say, I would like to try x if you don't have a better solution. It's nobody's fault, but we all need to be comfortable in our homes. Otherwise it sort of diminishes the happy living home atmosphere we provide to our guests. Ugh, Dexter had a silent-but-deadly puppy toot! Thank God it passed, no pun intended!

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answered 2016-07-29 08:57:49 -0500

When we brought our dog home as a puppy, he had the worst gas! I couldn't believe an 8 pound adorable puppy could clear a room so fast! It turned out to be his food. After the change in food (mixing his "old" food with the new, then only the new food) the gas stopped! If you do end up calling the owner, ask about his food. Have they recently changed it? etc. In the meantime, you might want to add some pumpkin to his food to help settle his stomach (with the owner's permission, of course).

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answered 2016-08-22 05:20:17 -0500

Charcoal. You can get it at the pet store. It eliminates the odor.

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