Hey, they are dogs—and they eat clumps of grass and anything else they find interesting. The result is—well—flatulence, better known as farting. And dog farts are extremely unpleasant, to say the least. Several of my dogs have cleared rooms. Only children ever seem to find it amusing. It's embarrassing to have guests when that tell-tale odor hits you—and lingers and lingers. Once, we sent the offending dog out of the room, but as one of the guests noted, it would be better for us to have left. And that's my plan, and I'm sticking to it!
Cats are not generally as offensive, as their dietary habits are different.
What can you do for a tooting dog? First, let him out to run around or take him for a brisk walk. He will work out the gas, and he may relieve himself, which helps.
If you change food, do it slowly. I start out with 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new. It takes four days to introduce new food to dogs, and this gives your dog's colon a chance to adjust.
It's not only raccoons that are pests with the garbage. I've had determined dogs get through the locks in search of that old bone that has been gathering bacteria for days. Once it hits his gut, it will continue to deteriorate, and your will not want to be near your dog's hind end.
Be careful with table food. Dog food is generally formulated with the best substances for a dog's digestive system. It's ok—maybe even preferable—to make your own food, but be careful what you put in it. Don't dump leftover cabbage, broccoli or cruciferous vegetables in to your dog's bowl, or you will smell the results. There are things that are not very good for dogs, including onions, so be careful what you give him. Don't give him high-fiber cereal, or milk, as dogs usually are lactose intolerant.
Also, don't let him wolf down his food. Find a way to increase his eating time. Don't feed dogs side by side, as one will surely gulp his own and turn his attention to the others' bowls.
I add apple cider vinegar with olive oil to my dog's food. I cut up a clove of garlic and let it sit in the salad dressing. Make sure the opening is small enough that the garlic will not come out. This helps dogs with digestive problems and they find it palatable.
I recall reading a story told by James Herriot about a dog that was almost unbearable, and nothing seemed to help. He went to live with an older man who was crazy for the polite, gentle and lovely dog. The doctor asked the new owner if he didn't notice certain "fragrances” and the fellow replied, "Oh I have no sense of smell at all." Problem solved.
I am not suggesting you have your olfactory glands removed, but try the above to see if those tips don't work.
Happy Father's Day out there to all you dads! Our eldest son and his wife, had a beautiful baby girl this morning, and it is the best gift that a father or grandfather could ever get!
By Gay Fifer, owner of Parsley Hollow, Inc.
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