Flatulence occurs when there is an expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process. While some make joke about this ("Blame it on the dog!"), when a dog is chronically gassy, it can actually be quite an issue.
While rare, some cases of gas can be caused by a medical condition:
- Malfunction of the pancreas. In these cases, there are usually problems with food absorption that will cause a dog to lose weight due to malnourishment.
- Respiratory disease. Respiratory disease causes an increased respiratory rate that can lead to a dog gulping his food very quickly. If you suspect that either of these may be the case, you will want to bring your Beagle to the veterinarian for a full and complete checkup.
- Inflammatory bowel disease. With this, there is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
- Neoplasia. With this condition, there is an excessive growth of tissue in the bowel.
This page will go into the details of how to treat gas problems with Beagles that are related to food and other simple causes (non-medical emergencies) and can easily be treated at home.
There are some rather simple changes that you can make that will either drastically cut down on your Beagle's gas or completely eliminate it. It is recommended to try more than one of the following suggestions if gas is severe, as all treatment is very safe without any side effects.
What Causes Beagle Gas and Suggestions to Fix This
1. Eating Too Fast
One element that may cause a Beagle to be gassy is the aspect of eating too quickly. With some dogs, it does not matter if they just as a snack 20 minutes earlier... or what type of food is in the dish…they will wolf it down like there's no tomorrow.
Three things happen when a dog eats too fast that causes gas problems:
1- When a dog gulps down food too fast, he also brings a lot of air along with it.
2- The food is not chewed enough to be easily digested.
3- Eating too fast reduces the amount of saliva and its enzymes that would otherwise be mixed into the food to
Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for this:
1- Serve meals in a bowl that is designed to promote slow eating. These are dog food bowls with permanent protrusions which gently yet effectively force a dog to eat around them, which aids in slower eating. A dog will eat 4 to 6 times slower with this method.
2- Keep your Beagle's current bowl but add an element called a portion pacer. It is shaped like an orb and sits in the bowl. You'll want to choose one that is made of safe stainless steel. Similar to the above method, it keeps a dog from eating his meals too quickly. It can help a dog to eat 4 to 8 times slower.
3- More frequent yet smaller meals can help. For example, if you normally feed your Beagle
once per day in the evening, you can try switching to twice per day (do make sure that the actual amount does not increase). While some adult dogs can do fine with one main meal per day, plus snacks, some Beagles do better with 2 or even 3 smaller meals spread throughout the day.
4- Do not allow your Beagle to eat directly after exercising. When a dog is breathing heavier than normal, he will eat faster than normal. This is also important to lower the risk of bloat, which is a life threatening condition. A good rule of thumb is to wait 30 minutes after a walk and 1 hour after any intense exercise
5- If you have more than 1 dog, there may be a competitive eating environment, even if you are not aware of it. This can be resolved by making sure that the dogs do not eat side-by-side. Each dog should have his own designated area, in separate corners of a room if possible. The Alpha dog should have his bowl placed down first, followed by any other dogs.