Do you ever find yourself wondering, why does my Pug fart so much?
Well, you and me both.
Whilst some trumping is normal, there comes a time when enough is enough. In fact, when flatulence becomes very frequent there may be cause for concern.
It’s really important that we take this issue seriously as Pug owners. Those farts might be amusing but what’s most important is our Pet’s health.
In this article, we’ll be getting to the bottom of what’s causing those stinkers with reasons why and tips to help.
Why Do Pugs Fart?
Flatulence is unpleasant, but it’s a natural part of being a mammal.
Whether you’re a dog or a human, we all have to let one rip from time to time. Gas and intestinal bacteria accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract until it is expelled.
Just like us humans, when too much gas accumulates your Pug may experience tummy pains, rumbling, or even temporary bloating.
And at the end of this process comes the infamous Pug fart.
Some farting is completely natural and normal. But if your Pug is farting excessively, then there might be something causing the issue.
There are so many reasons why Pugs are extra flatulent. Luckily this also means there are steps we can take to keep farts to a minimum.
What Causes Pugs to Fart So Much?
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most common fart-causing factors.
1. Pugs gobble their food
Pugs love to eat. And because of this, they get very excited when food’s nearby. When dinner time comes around, Pugs will often gobble down their food at lightning speed.
And, guess what… this causes problems of the gassy kind. Farts, burps, you name it.
That’s because every time your Pug gobbles their food too quickly they’re also gulping down air.
2. Some foods cause gas
Some of the foods that you’re feeding your Pug could be causing excess flatulence.
Just like with humans, the foods your dog ingests have an effect on their digestion. Bacterial fermentation during digestion produces gases.
This is totally normal and natural, but some foods are known to be serious gas producers.
Top gas-causing foods include:
- Beans (e.g. soy)
- High-fat foods
- High-fiber foods
Many kibbles and feeds contain artificial chemicals and high quantities of grain – a recipe for farts.
3. Digestive imbalance
If your Pug’s digestive system is out of whack then they might develop excessive gas.
Sometimes gut bacteria can become imbalanced causing a plethora of stomach-related issues including constipation, diarrhea, and excessive flatulence.
4. Food sensitivities
Just like us humans, Pugs can also have individual food allergies and intolerances.
If your Pug eats foods that don’t agree with them then they will develop some unpleasant symptoms (farting, diarrhea, tummy discomfort).
You may also notice other associated symptoms such as rashes or skin irritation.
5. Other health problems
Your Pug’s farts might stem from any other health-related problems that they have.
If your Pug’s farting has gone undiagnosed for a long term, it’s worth checking in with your vet to see if there is another underlying issue at the root of the problem.
Possible health conditions include:
- Allergies/ intolerance (e.g. lactose intolerance)
- Stomach inflammation
- Stomach infection
- Canine Colitis
How to Stop Those Pug Farts Once And For All
Lucky for us all, there are steps we can take as Pug parents to keep those farts at bay. We’re not aiming to veto farts completely, just keep them to the bare minimum.
Many Pug owners believe that there’s nothing they can do about their dog’s excessive farting. If that sounds like you, have you tried any of these preventative measures?
1. Dietary changes
One thing you can do to temper your Pug’s farts is to alter their diet. Some foods are known to cause a lot of gas.
Gas causing foods:
- Low-quality kibble
Try to fill their diet with healthy natural fats, carbohydrates, and protein or a high-quality kibble (ask your vet if you’re not sure which brand to choose). Oh, and don’t forget to offer your pet plenty of water.
Ask your vet about digestive supplements. Digestive supplements are specially formulated to reduce gas and aid digestion.
Exercise is a great way to help ease your Pug’s tummy.
If your Pug gets extra gassy after a meal, take them for a short walk to help aid digestion and get those farts out in the open air.
It’s also recommended to avoid feeding your Pug immediately after exercise as this actually increases flatulence.
3. No more scraps
No matter how pleading those eyes are, try your best not to indulge your pet with table scraps.
Human meals tend to be high in fat and sugar – a one-way street to a farting marathon.
If you can’t hold off on the dinner table treats completely, just make sure to avoid things like dairy, spicy foods, processed meals, or sugary treats.
4. A different dog bowl
To stop your Pug eating too quickly, why not invest in a different feeding bowl? There are tons of great designs out there which will help stop the gobbling.
These dishes force your Pug to rummage around for their food and eat more slowly.
Another option is to feed your Pug smaller meals at regular intervals. This will help pace their eating and aid digestion.
5. Visit the vet
If you suspect there is something more serious causing your Pug’s flatulence then visit your vet for a second opinion.
If you’ve tried all the above to no avail, then your Pug might have an allergy or gastrointestinal condition that needs seeing to.
Pug Farts or No farts We Still Love Them
Pugs may be a farty bunch but we still love them nonetheless.
If your Pug is a farting pro, don’t worry. There is hope!
These cuties are prone to flatulence but there are lots of steps we can take to keep our homes smelling of roses.