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Re: Finding a specialist

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 08, 2002 at 15:07:34

In Reply to: Finding a specialist
Category:   Medical
Posted by:  Teri
Posted on:  November 08, 2002 at 10:50:19

Question:

: I am trying to find a specialist who may be able to help find out why my pup has extremely stinky and frequent gas. What type of specialist would you recommend seeing?


Response:

Hi Teri,

Before seeking out a specialist, it's important to first look at your dog's diet.

Most flatulence is caused by diet. If you feed your dog a diet high in fiber, or too much protein or fat, this can cause chronic flatulence. Check the soy content in your dog's food, if there is a lot of soy this can also cause chronic gas. Feeding only one meal a day can cause gas. Break the portion into 2 smaller meals a day.

Table scraps can cause gas too. Does your terrier have the opportunity to garbage steal? Is it getting into another pet's dinner? Are you feeding supplements? Sometimes supplements can stimulate bacterial action in the gut which can lead to flatulence.

Does your dog gulp it's food down? This can lead to a lot of intake of air. See if you can make your dog eat slower, some people will put a tennis ball or other large object in a dog's food bowl so they will have to eat around it and thus slow down their eating.

Before going to a specialist (which would have to specialize in gastro-intestinal medicine), and ruling out all of the above, you might want to try giving your dog a teaspoon of plain yogurt every day. There are also products like CurTail and other anti-flatulence products on the market.

Regards,
Marie