While most dogs have some gas from time to time, regular occurrence can be uncomfortable and distressing for you and your dog. Because flatulence is caused by many things -- from eating certain foods to eating too fast -- it might take some time and effort to determine its root and best remedy. Enlist your vet; don't go it alone. He'll help you expedite a solution.
Home Remedy for Gas in Dogs
Grains such as wheat, soy and corn are common in commercial dog food, used as cheap fillers. The problem is, dogs don't digest carbohydrates well and end up with indigestion, gas and other gastrointestinal problems. If your dog has trouble with gas, your vet may recommend switching to a commercial grain-free diet or at least buying a brand that has meat as the main ingredient. Some meat-based homemade diets may solve the problem.
Help Your Dog Slow Down
Eating too fast causes dogs to swallow air, which in turn causes gas. While you can't just tell your dog to slow down, but you can force him to passively. Dividing his daily allowance into smaller portions served throughout the day is a menial option. You can buy a special bowl with raised ridges that make it difficult to grab the kibble inside, slowing eating. You can make your own "slow down bowl" by putting a large rock or other heavy item in the bowl so your dog has to eat around it. Some people put a tennis ball or two in the dog feeder; they force dogs to eat around them. If you have multiple dogs, feed them in separate crates or rooms to eliminate competition eating.
Probiotics or live-culture yogurt can aid in digestion and reduce gas. Ask your vet if they're suitable for your pet. Probiotic supplements made especially for dogs treat a number of gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea and bloating. Dry activated charcoal, sold over the counter, can treat gas in dogs. The amount you need to be use depends on your dog's size and the severity of the problem, so talk to your vet before giving any.
Other Things You Can Do
Exercise helps promote bowel movements and releases gas, so make sure your dog remains active. But don't let doggie exercise just before or just after eating: Active play and exercise before eating can get your dog out of breath, and that means he might end up swallowing a lot of air when he eats immediately following. Exercising right after eating can also lead to gas and bloating. Wait at least an hour between exercise and food.
Things to Keep in Mind
Baking soda is a common home remedy for gastrointestinal issues in people, but in dogs it can cause a number of problems and can be poisonous. Call your vet if your dog's flatulence is a new thing. If flatulence persists for days or if your dog is experiencing other symptoms, the vet should be involved.