What is Excess Gas?
The gas in an animal’s intestines originates from air he or she swallows (often while drinking), gas seeping into the intestines from the blood, gas produced by chemical reactions during the breakdown of food, and gas produced by bacteria living in the animal’s digestive system.
The release of excess gas occurs when a combination of gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, and hydrogen sulfide) travel from an animal’s stomach to the anus.
What Causes Excess Gas?
Excess gas is caused by trapped gasses that accumulate and pass through the digestive system of an animal to be released at the anus.
A dog or cat can produce vile smelling flatulence due to small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans in the mixture that contain sulfur. Your animal’s diet is likely to be protein-rich – producing stinky gasses due to the conversion of protein into sulfur.
If your pet suddenly starts producing very stinky excess gas, a check up is recommended – as it may be symptomatic of digestive disturbance or underlying condition that needs treatment.
Help for Excess Gas
For every pet owner, excess gas from a dog or cat can be particularly troublesome to endure! Luckily, nature can offer a helping hand in the form of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies. Pimpinella anisum has been used for centuries to treat digestive disorders and cramps – helping to relieve gas and promote healthy digestion.
Foeniculum vulgare works quickly to relieve the symptoms of gas and acts as a digestive aid. Homeopathic ingredients such as Magnesium Phosphate, Carbo veg and Nux vomica is often recommended for flatulence, colic, "constipation: or "diarrhea": ":cats-dogs-diarrhea-remedies.html and is often prescribed for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
More Information on Excess Gas
Tips related to excess gas:
- Feed your pet adequate amounts of rice or dry food, which helps to bind the stomach and create firm stools
- Avoid feeding your pet cauliflower or eggs – notorious for causing flatulence in pets!
- Try a teeny portion of yogurt after meals to aid in digestion (replacing pro-biotics in the digestive system will regulate good intestinal flora)
- Feed your pet small meals during the day – as one large meals a day can cause digestive upset and flatulence
- Don’t feed your dog too much "human" food – this may be too rich for the digestive system!
- Walk your dog regularly, not only for exercise but if your pet is going to ‘let loose with gas’, rather let them do it in the open air!