With certain breeds of dogs, gas problem is not uncommon. There are some breeds, which are well-known to fart quite often, and boxers is included. Most boxer owner have ever experienced their dog’s smelly fart. Although the gas might not be harmful, this can be a sign for a bad diet and even more serious digestive issues. Modifying the boxer’s diet as soon as you notice its terrible-smelled farts is beneficial for the dog’s health, especially based on the fact that smelly gas might indicate bloating in the boxer’s abdomen, which can be life-threatening. In medical world, the excess gas released by the dog is referred as gastrointestinal gas.
Causes and symptoms of boxer’s gastrointestinal gas
Mostly, smelly gas in boxers are triggered by improper diet and food consumption. There are various substances in the foods which are converted into gas when digested. Hence, feeding the boxer with these gas-inducing foods might give you an experience of keeping a smelly boxer which farts often. Some varieties of foods are known to trigger the gas, such as:
- Dairy products—milk, cheese, butter, or ice cream.
- High-fiber diets.
- Fatty food and foods with seasonings.
How the gas is produced
Boxers—and some other big dog breeds tend to eat their food very quickly. While eating, this quick pace causes the dog to swallow more air during eating. This swallowed air pass through the stomach, causing flatulence to the stomach. This accumulated gas will be released through the anus. Mostly, gastrointestinal gas is odorless. However, if you notice foul-smelled gas released by your boxer, it means it contains some odor-causing substances, such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and fatty acids. The combination of some substances, which are extracted from the eaten foods cause even more terrible gas smell.
Is bad gas dangerous for boxers?
In general, foul-smelled gas released by boxers through their anus is harmless, although it might sign some attention-requiring conditions inside the dog’s body. When you notice the smelly gastrointestinal gas, you should consider re-checking the boxer’s foods, as this gas might be a health alert to prevent serious illness.
- Bad gas itself is not an illness. However, gastrointestinal gas which accumulates in the abdomen can be life-threatening with dog breeds that possess narrow abdomens and muscular builds, including the boxers. This accumulation of gas may cause “bloat”, which happens when the stomach is filled with air very quickly and dilates. This will put excessive pressure on the organs, including the lungs that may trigger difficulty of breathing in dogs and lead to life-threatening condition.
- To detect bloating or gastric torsion in boxers, see the symptoms of:
- Badly-smelled gas, which is dominated by the smell of ammonia. Be alert if your boxer releases the gas several times a day, especially if this happens almost every single day.
- A round, distended, hard abdomen, which will not flatten when touched or pressed. Your boxer might also show discomfort when the abdomen is touched.
- A difficulty of breathing, which is signed also by pale tongue and colder body temperature. Check on the stomach to see the temperature level.
- Immediately take the boxer to the vet when noticing some of the symptoms. Bloating is very serious, and in small animals, such as rabbits, the effects are definitely noticeable. This illness causes sudden death, as soon as the blood supply—and thus, oxygen supply to the lung is inhibited.
What can be done about boxer’s bad gas?
- Many people notice that more gastrointestinal gas is released by boxers when they are fed low-quality foods—the pellets, which contain high concentration of grains. Hence, it is important to make the diet balanced by providing the boxer something else to eat rather than merely the pellets. Fruits, such as mangos, apples, and papaya are very good in controlling proper digestion when fed in moderation.
- Some boxer owners choose to prepare some raw foods containing balanced protein, healthy fats, and calories, which is mixed with Greek yoghurt. Plain yoghurt is very good for boxers and other big-size breeds, since this food helps the good bacteria in the intestines to promote perfect digestion.