If you already own a Boston Terrier, you know all too well about their excessive flatulence. Yes, I said it, their GAS. Many brachycephalic breeds such as Boxers, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers are prone to gassiness. And to share their foul odor with everyone around them. The ‘American Gentleman” isn’t no gentleman in this area.
Due to their short snouts, Bostons tend to swallow a lot of air, especially when eating, which results in the air coming from the other end and can definitely clear out a room.
Below we will provide 5 tips in regards to this gassy problem of the Boston Terrier breed.
Be mindful of what you feed your furry friend. Your Boston Terriers’ flatulence is caused by their sensitive stomach and any allergic reaction can instantly result in the extra gas. Corn, soy, and grains are in most dry dog foods and can be a big reason for your dog’s gas.
Play around with different meal preps instead, watch your pet’s reactions to their food tolerance to find the one that works best with them. Try to refrain from giving your pet some table scraps as well. As much as we love our furry friends, spoiling them with the wrong food can be unpleasant for them (and you!).
It’s important that you speak to your Vet about your Boston Terriers flatulence and your Boston Terriers gas. Don’t just write it off as the breed. You want to be sure there are no underlying health issues or concerns before you chalk it up to “just gas”. There can be a number of reasons for gas, including allergy, GI disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal parasites, and Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.
Just like humans, diet is an important key, but here are some other ways to try and decrease the air your dog is swallowing when eating.
First, try and feed your dog in a quiet area
Separate pets at feeding time and feed your dog in smaller amounts more frequently, and make sure they get enough exercise. The best way is to designate a specific time table for their play, but don’t let them overdo it as well!
No table scraps
We know it’s hard to say no to those irresistible eyes and cute faces but any sort of preservative or yeast is bound to cause more problems.
A spoonful of plain yogurt in their food dish before a meal may help since it is a good source of calcium and protein. However, some dogs are also lactose intolerant! So make sure to test this out first in small increments.
Good Quality Food
As pet owners, all we want is for our furry friends to only get the best. For a comprehensive list of brands of dog food for your Boston Terrier, check out this food guide! Try and avoid grains, soy, and corn as well as these are the common sources of their gassy problems.
Make sure you not overfeeding
Boston Terriers can easily put on weight and this excess can in turn result in their excess gas. Try putting a tennis ball in their food dish instead this distracts them and avoids them being able to eat faster. Here’s another guide that might be helpful for you to come up with a feeding schedule and other creative food suggestions!
The sooner your furry friend sees the vet, you can start to determine what the cause of the gas and the odor is, the sooner you can curl up on the couch with your pet and not have to worry about the silent but deadly bombs dropping. I know that we can all agree that dog farts are gross and embarrassing, but the good news is, that it can be controllable.
Try out our simple tips and let us know which ones worked for you!