Why Do Dogs Fart?
Alright, so I used the F word. Seriously, though – why DO dogs fart? And people. And cows, with all their methane production cluttering up the ozone thingy mabob. What the heck? Let’s look. And stay tuned for a video of my duck, Jimmy, farting. Today’s post is gently recycled, for maximum fart powered humor.
So dogs do fart. We’re all clear on that one. If you’ve been in the room (you know you have), you know that a dog’s gas can peel the paint off walls, take off the late Tammy Faye’s eye makeup, fuel a space shuttle. Heavens, dog farts are bad. Our first Aussie, Clee-o, would fart, look at her rear end, then leave the room, as though she’d offended herself. We’d all scatter in different directions, shouting at the dog.
Doing a little research, here’s the technical skinny of farting, from Dog Breed Info:
Flatulence is caused when bacteria in the digestive tract break down food items producing gas.
Yeah, yeah – but where does that nasty bacteria come from?
Soy beans are loaded with proteins that can be hard to digest, producing a lot of gas in the dog’s digestive tract.
Soy? Really? Maybe I should watch my own soy intake. Just sayin’. Another site says low-grade meats and dog food will cause gas in a dog, which I totally believe. Eating a lot all at once will do it, too. Another site explains that the cereal content in low-grade dog foods causes constipation, which causes gas production. That, too, makes sense.
Get It Out!
Exercise makes a difference for dogs. Get the bowels moving by getting the legs moving, thus working the gas out. While OUTSIDE. Yay! All the smell in the great outdoors! Eating Jones Natural Chews can only help, since it’s all natural and made of great quality meats.
Unlike this poor iguana, who farts in a tub:
Yeah. That’s funny stuff.
So what have we learned? Good quality food plus exercise makes for less dog farting, or at least less stink in those farts. It applies to people, too, quite frankly. When I went totally vegan for half a year (and this is initially a TMI cautionary tale), the smell is worse in the beginning, as the body flushes the toxins, then the smell virtually disappears. I can only imagine that the same would be true for dogs when switching from cheap food to better quality.
Ducks Fart, Too
Now, I have been video recording Jimmy in the pool for DAYS, trying to catch him farting. Seriously. I only have so much space on my phone, so I record a couple of minutes, then erase. Yesterday I managed to catch it on film, but my boy walked out and started talking just as I hit record. Pay attention. Turn up your volume. He really does fart.
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Spreading the good chews …