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    Hi everyone,

    This isn't a very nice topic but my dogs have what I think is excessive flatulence. They eat Royal Canin and some dog treats during the day. They sometimes have apples or carrots too. We try not to give them scraps but every now and again they might eat some leftover chicken, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Stop feeding them onions? Or eggs? Or asparagus?

    Maybe get them to eat more slowly. There are food bowls that look like lego pieces, ie they have bumps in them that slow a dog's eating down. Loading the dry food into a squirrel dude or treat ball would also slow down how fast they can eat and that might help.

    Maybe you could try a different brand of food to RC or different dog treats?

    Apples and carrots should be fine. Apple seeds are bad (toxic) so make sure you cut the core out before letting them have the apples.

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    What means excessive flatulence? Some dogs fart more than others. The biggest fartarses are boxers, rotties and english mastiffs. I do believe diet has a lot to do with flatulence, but still some do it more often (and nastier) than others, regardless of how well they eat.

    I would also avoid food scraps which might contain onions and all the rest that Hyacinth has suggested and perhaps change the kibble as it might not be suitable for him. I personally don't like RC and my rottie had terrible stool, breath and yes, she farted more frequently when I fed her RC. As for treats, try and get some that have less or even better - none of the colouring, fillers and artificial flavouring. Or give your dog real meat, cheese etc as treat not this industrial garbage such as Pedigree etc. (all my dogs fart and have lose stool after Pedigree sticks)
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    I have two beagles and we make sure that they definitely don't have any onions or apple seeds, etc. I will definitely try small bits of cheese for treats - thanks for that suggestion. Perhaps we will revert back to Science Diet.

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    I love dogs but don't have a lot of expert knowledge so i hope you won't mind me commenting in the thread.
    We look after my brother's dog most days and he also has this problem.
    I was passing a pet shop the other day and it had a sign in the window saying 'Excessive gas? Come in and ask us for a simple solution to this common dog problem".
    I was stressed out of mind with last minute Christmas shopping or I would have gone in!
    But it sounds as if there may be some sort of tablet or treatment you can give dogs.
    I suppose diet would have a lot to do with it, some foods may not agree with a dog.
    I know in humans, some medical conditions, such as gall bladder or gallstones, can also cause the problem.
    Not sure how this translates to animals, but maybe there could be some health problems in dogs that could also worsen the condition?
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    You can give charcole tablets. And I do think different dogs do better than others on some dry bits. I like purina dry bits & stay away from pedigree(yukko).

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    Onions are quite toxic to dogs, too many can actually kill them, short nosed breeds fart a lot no matter what you do

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    Beagles can be very fast eaters, making them work for their food ie using a treat ball may help.

    Hills Science Diet is still crap food - read the ingredient list - where does meat come on the list? And is it really meat or some sort of meat by product? I was quite shocked when the girl on the front desk at a vet practice recommended the tinned food over boiled chicken and rice for a dog with upset stomach. I made her read the list of ingredients and she was shocked too. She had no idea. It won't kill the dog but it isn't good for it either.

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    Hyacinth,
    Your comment about a food not killing a dog but no good for it is how I feel about Pedigere,lol............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chloe&Darcy View Post
    Perhaps we will revert back to Science Diet.
    Science Diet..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo!! Just my humble opinion, but SD is awful! Just look at the ingredients list! I concur with others- try the bowls designed to make them eat slower, or put the kibble in a treat ball or Kong Wobbler. You might consider a transition to some raw meat and bones to go with the kibble (ie less kibble over time). I won't even try to recommend a good kibble as even the one I thought pretty ok isn't that good after a bit of reading.

    Charcoal biscuits are also helpful.

    That said, some dogs just fart... My Villain rarely does, but my Flirtt is gonna be renamed 'Fartt' because she does some stinkers. Both Dobes, both same diet....

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