You had probably experienced chilling on the couch with your dog when all of a sudden, toxic mustard-like gas filled the atmosphere, and you had to gasp for fresh air.
While your dog sits silently, entirely unaware that it is the cause behind the commotion.
Dogs, like humans, eat food for nutrition and excrete the same food after digestion. Sometimes, they need to release some gases from their stomachs as well. That is perfectly normal, and it is quiet because their rectum is a bit more relaxed than ours.
But why don’t we usually hear it every time they fart?
Does dog fart make any noise?
Continue reading this article, and we will find out.
Why Is Farting Necessary?
Flatulence is a normal process that the body goes through. In a nutshell, it is simply the release of gases from the anus.
These gases are released in response to the breakdown of food.
Whenever we eat, our food enters the stomach, where the acids and bacteria break them down to extract all the nutrients from them.
Gas is a by-product in response to this breakdown process.
Farting then is a way by which the built-up gases are released from the stomach.
Holding the gases in could cause painful sensations in the stomach.
So, it is inevitable. Animals and humans alike need to fart.
Do Dog Farts Make Noise?
To understand the question better, we must realize that farts are merely gases.
They smell bad, yes, but they do not make any sounds on their own.
Fart noises occur due to the manner that these gases are released from the exit point.
The reason dog farts do not make any noise is due to their intestinal system’s orientation.
Their quadrupedalism renders their intestinal tract to be horizontally aligned.
Contrary to humans who stand upright, dogs do not need to keep their sphincter (muscle around the anal opening) tight to keep its contents falling.
It then gives them a more relaxed passageway for farts to exit from.
The tightness of the rectum is the reason why human farts make too much noise.
The tighter the rectum, the more resistance there is, so the louder the noise. And there is nothing we can do. We need to tighten it for extra protection.
However, this is not a problem for dogs, hence the silent but deadly fart bombs.
Should I Be Worried About My Dog’s Farts?
Of course not.
Flatulence is entirely normal. If it smells bad, try to understand that your dog’s digestive tract is filled with bacteria, too, and depending on the food you give them, the smell of their farts may also vary.
Three factors affect the farts of dogs:
- What they eat
- How they eat it
- Their breed
Food is the principal culprit for smelly farts. If you feed your dogs with table scraps like beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and soybeans, expect their farts to be on a different level.
Dogs do not have the same bacteria humans have, therefore breaking down fibers that are more difficult for them.
Moreover, feeding your dog’s dairy food items will also influence their farts.
Fido usually loses its dairy-digesting capabilities after weaning.
If your dog is diagnosed as lactose intolerant, then milk and other dairies will give them smelly gas.
The manner they eat also influences the smell and frequency of their flatulence.
If your dog eats quickly, more air will enter through its mouth and increase the gas in the stomach.
And, of course, your dog would either belch the air through the mouth or the rear as a fart.
Breeds with pushed-in faces tend to fart more than others.
The anatomy of their faces makes breathing through their mouths the primary oxygen conduit.
Although there may be other breeds prone to flatulence too aside from these, here are some examples:
- Boston terriers
- German Shepherd
- Doberman Pinscher
When Is Farting Not Normal?
We can never dismiss that there are instances when their farting is just not normal.
It is when farts become either higher in volume or heightened in smell or both.
When this occurs, it may be due to underlying health problems causing such.
As a pet owner, you must be aware of the regular gas your dog releases along with their diet.
If there is a discrepancy between what they fart and what they eat, then maybe it is time to see a vet.
Some common problems associated with abnormal farting include:
- Parasite infestation in their digestive tracts
- Gastrointestinal diseases often manifested as vomiting and diarrhea
- Liver disease
- Canine colitis or the inflammation of the large intestine
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Make sure to bring your dog to the vet to be certain of what is happening.
They can provide better prescriptions against these illnesses.
How to Reduce Fart Noise?
Dog food was formulated to cater to dogs’ nutrition and diet.
Whatever they fart from dog food is entirely normal.
But when they happen to consume foreign human food, that is not suitable for their digestion. It is when problems occur.
Here are some tips to reduce fart noise (and smell):
- Feed your dog with the best quality dog food there is.
- Please provide them with canine probiotics. Ask your vet who is appropriate.
- Avoid giving them human food and table scraps. Fatty and sugary food is off the table.
- Avoid giving them milk if they are lactose intolerant.
- Cut down on the dog treats.
- Exercise will help circulate their digestion and help the breakdown better.
Dog farts are nothing to be feared about.
It is perfectly normal and it is natural to fart for any living creature.
Be a responsible owner and always be on the lookout for any changes in the frequency and intensity of the farts they make.
These may be signs of an underlying health issue, so do not let it slip under your nose.