Posted May 26, 2017
While the occasional release of gas from a pet can
be funny or even cute, excessive tooting may present more of a
problem than just being unpleasant to be around—releasing too much
stinky gas could be a sign of a health problem.
Certain diseases, such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and
inflammatory bowel disease, can cause excessive gas in pets.
Because the amount of gas that a dog or cat produces can be quite
variable, consult your veterinarian if you notice an increase in
the frequency or any signs that your pet may be bloated and
In addition to diseases, excessive gas can be caused by the food
in your pet’s diet as well as your pet’s eating habits. Dr. Yuri
Lawrence, DVM, MA, MS, Diplomate ACVIM, and Ph.D. student in the
Gastrointestinal Laboratory at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained some
“Swallowed air from eating or drinking water too fast often
makes the largest contribution to gas in the gastrointestinal
tract,” Lawrence said. “Diet also could play a role—consuming
soybeans, beans, peas, and other legumes also can lead to excessive
In these cases, changing your pet’s diet could help. Lawrence
said general ways to reduce gas include feeding a highly digestible
diet, removing consumables that include legumes and lactose, and
reducing swallowed air by feeding your pet small, frequent meals.
However, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any
changes in your pet’s normal routine.
Your pet may be your best friend, but putting up with flatulence
can be annoying. If your pet is experiencing excessive this
problem, see your veterinarian for guidance and suggestions.
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