70 lb male lab, horrible gas/burping...need advice!

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Old 01-03-2016, 09:11 PM
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70 lb male lab, horrible gas/burping...need advice!

We have a 3 1/2 year old male lab. Just before he turned one, we had a baby. And since then have had another baby, so needless to say he doesn't get as much attention as he would like. We can't remember exactly, but sometime around the birth of our first son, our dog started to have horrible gas. Like the kind that honestly makes me think he just pooped in the house! It is awful! And it's usually combined with burping and/or stomach bubbling.

We have tried: switching dog foods (probably at least 6-8), enzyme spray, restricting how quickly he eats/drinks, and probably something else I can't remember. Nothing has helped. For whatever reason, in the past week it seems to have gotten worse. He has also developed this very annoying habit of licking couch, which I think adds to the problem because he sucks in so much air. We thought maybe it was just because of the licking and lack of exercise, but he went hunting last week (14 miles) and came home smelling just as bad!

I found a supplement on Amazon, called vets best gas buster and was going to try it, but it will be an expensive solution. Thought I would check here first.

We have asked our vet, and she simply says: new dog food. And he definitely doesn't seem sick.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Jena

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Old 01-03-2016, 11:43 PM
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Gas build up in the stomach can be deadly It's called bloat:
WVVH Emergency

A gas filled stomach can also lift the spleen and it can end up wrapped around the intestines.

I have a golden retriever, named HaHa with the potential for this this problem.

Anyway....and as far as the burping and air in this tummy - one of the solutions I came across was to feed him much smaller meals. It really helped with the really bad burping issues, although he still burps a bit...which is a Good thing...that just means that the gas isn't getting trapped in his stomach.

He still gets the same amount of dog food during the day, as a dog without issue that might get fed twice a day...he just gets more meals with small portions, I'm feeding him 4 to 5 times a day.

I usually add a little water to his dry kibble and let it get semi soft...but not soggy and at least one of his meals per day is dry kibble served as a treat, with me tossing a few at a time and let them scatter on the floor. He hunts them down and actually chew them before swallowing. He likes the crunchy, but if it was in a bowl he would just inhale it rather than chew it.

Also, upon occasion, if HaHa is looking a little distressed from gas, I give him a Gas X (simethicone) - it seems to do a good job of helping him burp. Also Gas X is really inexpensive... at our local dollar store I get 50 pills for like $3 or $4 dollars.

By distressed, I see that he's pacing a little and swallowing a bit after eating. I'll give him a Gas X pill and if he burps within 5 or 10 minutes, and looks like he's ok, then I relax...but if the day ever comes when he's not looking 100 percent after getting a Gas X pill, he'll be at the vet's office...as bloat could have happened and a pill isn't going to do anything for it.

Also, I did a lot of reading about colostrum for another dog I have that has some allergy issues. I was impressed enough by what I read that I not only did I give it to Jaya, but HaHa gets some too each day.

Colostrum has been studied by real universities and agricultural schools and it has a lot of benefits with the digestive system. It can repair thin walls of a stomach or intestinal track with keeps toxins from those areas from leaking through and into the body. It adds various elements into the system that are good for the body. For dogs with allergies, like my dog Jaya, sometimes it helps ease allergy issues.

I'm not a vet or anything so I don't know if any of the above will help your dog. The Gas X is not expensive, but the colostrum is a little more money. I bought powdered kind...but it's sold in capsules too. Make sure if it was heat treated it was done with low heat other wise all the good stuff in it is destroyed. I bought mine at Amazon, 1 pound of powder in a half gallon sized container for around $50.00...but it last a long time. I use a tablespoon a day and that is for both dogs. (1/2 tablespoon each). This is the kind I bought but there are other brands and such out there...some people like capsules as they are easy to give...also because it's kind of like a milk taste most dogs won't spit it out. Jaya and HaHa both will like any powder left from their dog bowls.

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So... you might try:
~Smaller but more frequent meals
~Gas-x when you see swallowing, or pacing...to help him burp and ease the gas pains in his belly.
~a long term approach with colostrum, I think it takes like a month or so for any benefits of it to show up. But again, I've read that it does a lot of good for the general health of a dog (or humans for that matter).

Anyway, your dog's issues could be something completely different from bloat. Check with your vet again, but from what I read about different digestive issues, I don't think any of the above things will do any harm.

Stormy

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My basset will lick the carpet when his stomach is upset. I know gas can cause an upset stomach so the licking could be that. What kind of food are you feeding? Have you tried grain free foods? I wonder if he is having a hard time digesting something in the food causing the gas. Does he inhale his food? Maybe getting him to slow down will help. You could try using a treat toy and use his kibble in it, so he has to work for it and it slows him down. If none of that works I'd try switching him to a raw diet. I feed raw and it does wonders. It's not as hard as some people would have you believe.
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He is on grain free and we've tried several more expensive options of dog food as well. Doesn't seem to matter. I have also heard of the bloat and we are aware of the signs of a serious problem. This just seems like uncomfortable gas, like a human suffers from. Might try the gas-x, thanks for the suggestion.
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Were there any commonalities between foods? Perhaps there's an ingredient or even a protein type that causes it.

I went through this with my Lab a few years back when a couple of different foods gave him bad gas. It was foul enough to peel pain off walls when he'd fart and it would easily fill an entire room. My old ex once left the room dry-heaving a bit.
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He is on grain free and we've tried several more expensive options of dog food as well. Doesn't seem to matter. I have also heard of the bloat and we are aware of the signs of a serious problem. This just seems like uncomfortable gas, like a human suffers from. Might try the gas-x, thanks for the suggestion.
My hound gets that when he comes into contact with anything chicken. He is meat intolerant. He can eat one meat ( turkey) period. There is no other meat that does not cause stomach issues of some kind. It took us a lone time to pin it down. I took him off meat all together and the problems disappeared. I know dogs need meat so after 3 months I added turkey to his home cooked veggie meal. He had never had turkey before because at the time there were no turkey dog foods so I home cooked for him until Zignature came along with a turkey dog kibble. Zignature is one of the few single protein foods. I would give it a try and buy a meat he has never eaten. It is also grain free
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Our girl was like this before. She was barfing her kibble up fairly frequently, had diarrhea almost every day, constantly ate grass and had the WORST gas you can imagine. She was tested for all kinds of things but nothing came up.

We tried switching her kibble a few times and nothing worked until we switched her to raw. Since then, all of her symptoms have disappeared.
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