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How do you reduce gas in dogs?

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If the dog is in good health, changing the dog's diet, slowing down the dog's eating and administering probiotics or dietary supplements may help reduce gas. Dogs showing signs of illness, such as diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite, along with gas should visit a vet for treatment. Consult with a vet before making any changes to a dog's diet or administering medications in an attempt to address gas issues.

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Dogs' food may make them gassy, especially if the food is low-quality. A diet change to better quality food with whole ingredients may help. Homemade dog diets should avoid soy, dairy, peas, beans and fruit as they tend to cause excessive gas. In addition, slowing down a dog's eating by giving the dog smaller meals, placing an obstacle in the bowl or using bowls designed to slow down eating may alleviate gas. A priobiotic may help with gas, although a veterinarian should be consulted before starting this treatment. Dietary supplements, such as Yucca schidigera, Zinc acetate, or activated charcoal, may also help. All supplements should be labeled for use with dogs. In addition, walking the dog within 30 minutes of eating helps the gas move more quickly, allowing it to be released outdoors. Each method to decrease a dog's gas should be done one at a time to determine which method works best.

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