Ettinger & Feldman – Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Ettinger & Feldman – Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine Client Information Sheet Flatulence W. Grant Guilford What is flatulence? Flatulence refers to the anal passage of intestinal gas. It is also known by many other names,
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Veterinary Internal Medicine W. Grant Guilford of intestinal gas. It is also known by many other names, ence more commonly affects dogs than cats and is most often observed in inactive dogs that spend long periods indoors. It is normal for dogs to pass gas in small quantitiepassage of excessive quantities of gas is abnormal. Excessive flatulence usually results from intolerance of one or more components of the pets diet. This intolerance is most often due to the feeding of a diet of inferior quality containing ingredients of poor digestibility. These ingredients and rectum), where bacteria ferment them to produce gas. Some of these gases do not smell; hose derived from the fermentation of proteins and fats, smell Flatulence can also occur when a dog eats excessive quantities of food, overwhelming the ability food. Furthermore, some dogs are born without the ients in their diets. For example, many dogs and cats have trouble digesting lactose in milk. Other dogs have trouble digesting some legumes such as soy. Fortunately, flatulence resulting from legumes can be successfully reduced by a variety of manufacturing techniques. Once ingested, air has to be removed from the gastrointestinal tract What treatment is needed? The management of flatulence begins with a cham most of the major manufacturers. Alternatively, owners can prepare a homemade diet composed of highly balanced with vitamins and minerals. Homemade diets are less desirable than commercial diets because their long-term use is often associated with nutritiona
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Flatulence Page Copyright Â© 2005, 2000, 1995, 1989, 1983, 1975 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. atulence include the following: Ensuring regular exercise to promote regular defecation Discouraging greedy eating (i.e. in multiple dog situations, feed the dogs in separate areas so no food competition is perceived) manipulation is not successful in controlling flatulence, call your veterinarian, because a diagnostic investigation of your pets digestive system may be required. Alternatively, your veterinarian may suggest a trial with medications that reduce gas production Contacts for Further Information