Humans fart, and so do dogs. It’s a natural part of life.
If you are a Pitbull owner or have experienced living with a Pitbull before, then you know that they are pretty gassy dogs.
It can honestly be quite funny; something about farts is always funny and of course smelly.
However, it stops being funny when your Pittie is farting excessively, it can honestly get a bit disturbing and sometimes embarrassing when you’re in public.
So, if your Pit bull has been farting excessively, it’s time to get to the root of it.
Why do Pitbulls fart so much? The first and utmost reason behind your Pit bull’s excessive farting is poor diet. Other reasons can also be swallowing air, food intolerance, digestive issues, and lack of movement/exercise.
Read on if you want to know why Pit bulls tend to be gassy, how to deal with it, and when to worry and consult a vet.
Why Do Pitbulls Fart So Much?
If your guests ever overstay their visit, or you want to clear a room, make your Pit bull fart. Your Pit bull’s stinky fart will guaranteed clear the room for you.
Generally, Pit bulls are not known for farting particularly more than other breeds, but each dog is different.
Some Pit bull owners claim that their Pit bull farts a lot.
Without further ado, let’s explore all the reasons why your Pittie could possibly be farting excessively.
At the top of the list of why your Pit bull farts is their diet, their exercise habits, and their eating behavior.
It is definitely not because they are a Pit bull, as this is a general misconception.
Occasional farting is actually healthy, but if it is excessive, then there might be an underlying health issue that you need to address.
So, by this point you probably want concrete answers to why your Pit bull’s farting has become excessive and is making your life a little less pleasant.
In the next section I will give you more details that can help you understand more comprehensively why your Pit bull farts.
9 Reasons your Pitbull is Gassy
What your Pitbull eats is most likely the main cause of their excessive farting.
Certain foods can be difficult for them to digest, causing more fermentation in their stomach and bowls, which will result in more frequent farts.
Examples of the foods that could be causing your dog’s discomfort are soybeans, beans, broccoli, peas, cabbage, brussels sprouts, dairy products, high-fat foods, cauliflower, oats, or spicy foods.
I know for us humans these foods are delicious and sometimes also not so harsh on the stomach, but in this area, dogs are different.
It might be best to avoid the mentioned foods all together, but if that is not an option for you, you can resort to keeping them to a minimum.
After all, if your dog is into dairy or spicy food (a lot of dogs love cheese), then you should not completely prevent them from their beloved diets.
The best method to ensure that your Pitbull is getting the finest diet possible is to feed him high-quality premium dog chow.
Proper nutrition is essential for their intestinal health and the control of gassy reactions.
Invest in high-quality foods and stay away from maize, soy, legumes, and ash because they contain low-quality proteins and fillers.
If you are testing your dog’s reaction to new food, it might cause some gases.
Ideally, your dog will be used to a certain diet routine, which will make them be a bit taken back when they notice a change.
You could be changing your dog’s diet because the dry food you used to buy them is not produced anymore. You could also be trying to cut back on costs.
However, when you change your Pit bull’s diet, you need to check for allergies and check to see if the diet has all the nutritional values your dog needs to stay healthy and beautiful.
Also, make sure you introduce this change gradually.
Phase out old food and start introducing the new diet. It will give their digestive system a chance to adappt slowly without causing too much discomfort.
Consider investing in natural, high-quality, and grain-free food. If you are going to be trying a raw diet, make sure to check out my guide to the raw meat diet for pitbulls here.
Allergies and Sensitivities
As a rule of thumb, Pit bulls are relatively healthy dogs.
That does not mean they are immune to allergies and it also does not mean they don’t have sensitive stomachs.
Usually, farting can be an indication that your Pittie has an allergy to certain foods.
They fart will also smell very bad. For instance, I know a few dogs that are allergic to chicken.
Other indications too look out for are itchy skin and paws, excessive itching, and hives.
Before deciding on eliminating a certain food group or introducing a new diet, consult your trusted vet. Your Pitbull’s sensitive stomach can also create a lot of farts.
Keep an eye out for food sensitivities and try to avoid giving your dog things that you think are causing the problem.
It sounds weird, I know, but let me explain. Pit bulls enjoy a good meal; they love food.
Some dogs, particularly pitbulls, have a tendency to inhale their food.
They consume every meal as if they were dying of hunger, frequently swallowing significant volumes of air in addition to the food.
Pitbulls may inhale more air when drinking, especially if they drink as quickly as they devour their food. Even if your dog isn’t a “speed eater,” they may take in more air after exercise when eating or drinking.
If they are fatigued and pant frequently while eating or drinking, all of that extra air will be absorbed along with the food and fluids.
Make sure you train your Pittie to be calm while eating or drinking water.
If you are a Pit bull owner, you have most probably experienced the following: You sit down to enjoy your meal and when you look up, you see that adorable Pit bull face staring at you.
They look irresistible at tha tmoment and your heart immediately melts.
So, you give them a taste of what you are having.
Well.. that can be a bit problematic, since your leftovers are usually very fatty, high in sugar or other ingredients that are hard for your dog to digest properly.
So, if your Pittie is prone to farts, you should avoid giving them a taste of your food.
Similar to leftovers, garbage can cause your dog a lot of stomach issues, which is understandable.
Your Pit bull may eat something off the floor when you are not looking.
Soemtimes, they eat other animals’ poop, such as cat poop, other dogs’ poop, rabbit poop, etc. It’s disgusting and completely unpleasant.
When they eat garbage, embrace yourself for days-worth of stinky farts and diarrhea.
Yoyur dog’s digestive health is a very important topic that you should not overlook.
Sometimes, you do everything right and provide them with premium food, and they still get sick.
Don’t be hard on yourself, just try to deal with it the right way.
Firstly, check for their vomiting, diarrhea, and gas behavior.
Secondly, go to your vet and explain your Pit bull’s problem thoroughly.
Your dog should be able to give you a concrete solution and prescribe some probiotics and remedies.
Excercise is also another vey important pillar to your dog’s overall health, including farts.
Pitbulls are naturally active dogs, so if they are kept inside all of the time and do not get enough exercise, their health will suffer.
Make sure to give your Pit bull at least 45 of vigorous exercise daily. This can be done in the for of playtime and/or walking.
Underlying health issue
In some circumstances, your Pitbull’s gas difficulties are caused by underlying health issues.
Gastrointestinal problems, neoplasia, inflammatory bowel illness, gut inflammation, or a parasite or virus, to name a few.
Symptoms of underlying health problems, such as gastrointestinal problems, are generally accompanied by others.
If your Pitbull is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
How to make your pitbull less gassy
I will list a few solutions for your dog’s farting problems below that will make your life easier and definitely better smelling.
Change Your Dog’s Diet
As discussed above, changing your dog’s diet should happen gradually.
If you catch your odg off guard, you might be creating a bigger problem.
So, my advice is to transition them slowly and gently.
Of course, it is easier to change your dog’s diet when they are younger as they are more adaptable at a younger age.
Over the course of 1-2 weeks, gradually introduce the new dish at each meal.
Remove some of the old food and add a bit more of the new stuff.
This will allow your Pitbull’s digestive system to adjust to the new food without causing them to fart excessively.
Slow them down
There are certain types of dishes that are made for speed eaters.
They only allow a small bit of food to be released at a time, causing the dog to slow down and taste the meal.
These dishes can help your dog eat less air by reducing the amount of air he swallows.
It is also advisable to mix ice with their meals; this will force them to chew the ice, which ultimately will slow down the whole process.
Exercise Your Dog Daily
Allow lots of time for your pitbull to play outside in your yard or at the dog park by taking them for daily walks.
This will not only help them to expend built-up energy, but it will also keep things moving through their digestive tract, perhaps preventing gas buildup.
And it is great bonding time.
Giving your dog a daily probiotic may assist if they have a sensitive stomach or have excessive gas that isn’t caused by an underlying medical condition.
Probiotics give your Pit bull the good bacteria in their gut that you need for a healthy digestive system, and may also help them get rid of excess gas.
When to take your Pitbull to the vet?
So, if you have tried the above-mentioned solutions and nothing seems to reduce the frequency and foul smell of your Pit bull’s farts, it is definitely time to consult a vet.
After all, excess gas may be a sign of an underlying health issue that you definitely want to avoid.
It can be a sign of pancreatitis, a nasty bowel syndrome, and sometimes even cancer.
The symptoms (other than farting) are usually vomitting, diarrhea, blood stool, and a loss of apetite.
Is it normal for Pitbulls to fart a lot?
Yes, to a certain extent farting is a natural and common thing that your Pit bull experiences. If your Pit bull is farting excessively, they may be suffering from digestion issues, allergies, sensitive stomachs, swallowing air, and many other health issues. Watch your Pittie closely and consult a vet.
Do dogs know they fart?
No, dogs aren’t aware of their farts, but they appreciate the stinky smell. Your farts would be appreciated by your dog. Keep your nose away from your dog’s butt if you don’t want them to fart in your faeces.
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