Flatulence in Dogs (cont.)

What Are Some General Hints for Choosing a Healthy Dog Food?

  • Look for food that has an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) label claim.
  • Choose premium rather than generic or economy-brand dog foods.
  • Meat-not a meat by-product-should be first on the list of ingredients.
  • There is low or no ash.
  • There is minimal to no corn, cornmeal or wheat, fillers that can irritate allergies.
  • There are minimal to no chemical preservatives.
  • Omega fatty acids, which have great health benefits, are included in the ingredients.

When Is It Time to See the Vet?

If your pet's flatulence persists even though you've changed his diet and aren't feeding him anything out of the ordinary, schedule a visit with the veterinarian. Your dog may have a medical problem, gastrointestinal irritation or a food sensitivity you aren't aware of.

The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist specializes in the resolution and management of pet behavior problems only. Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk.

If you are concerned about the cost of veterinary care, please read our resources on finding financial help.