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Old 01-12-2016, 08:10 PM
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Lactose Intolerance?

Can dogs be lactose intolerant? I'm trying to figure out what is going on with my dogs gut? He is passing alot of gas (no stinky) and it upsets him very bad. He gets entirely bent out of shape. He tries to crawl in my lap like a cat.. He will literally eat ANYTHING he can find like paper, envelopes, mail, dog hair, dust bunnies, dust mops! Then when he finally poops (always solid) he is fine... this only happens every couple of weeks or so?? Any ideas?

He eats fine, he plays with his brother,, he is very active but sleeping more as they get older (now 7). His stool are always solid,,it just seems that the gas really upsets him.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:32 PM
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Lactose intolerance is quite common in dogs. More common in dogs than people even
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:40 PM
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Do you think it may be what is going on with Rock? We give him yummies of sliced cheese quite often.
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no lactose in cheese (fermented product). Lactose is major sugar in unfermented dairy, such as in milk and ice cream ... but cheeses, yoghurt, cottage cheese are fermented and have no lactose in them. ...Maltose is still there I think.. maybe overall dairy intolerant, though that is not likely. More likely just reacting to other 'food' and non-food items in 'diet'.
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Some cheese does have lactose, different types have different amounts. I know my mom has issues with lactose but she can eat some cheese, but others bother her. But yes, dogs can be lactose intolerant. Most, if not all mammals can be, and it's common. Once mammals stop nursing them normally loose the enzymes needed to digest milk. My suggestion is to cut out all table scraps and extras for a couple of weeks. Feed only his normal food and see how it goes. If it clears up then add back in one treat at a time. That way you'll know exactly what the problem is.
And the eating things he finds on the ground is common with an upset stomach. I know my basset will do that. He'll want to go out to eat grass, or the guinea pigs hay. He also will lick the carpet. Does he only do this when he has gas?
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Yes, thank god.. he has only done the "devour anything he finds" about 4 times. 2 nights ago he let out a very squeaky gas... jumped off the bed ran into the living room and ate the mail from the end table, pulled the duster down and tried to eat it.. husb. put him back on the bed where he started licking the blankets then tried to pull hair out of his tail... We gave him a tums and he relaxed then about 2 hours later had a large solid BM and has been fine.. It really seems to be the gas that gets to him.
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Can dogs be lactose intolerant? I'm trying to figure out what is going on with my dogs gut? He is passing alot of gas (no stinky) and it upsets him very bad. He gets entirely bent out of shape. He tries to crawl in my lap like a cat.. He will literally eat ANYTHING he can find like paper, envelopes, mail, dog hair, dust bunnies, dust mops! Then when he finally poops (always solid) he is fine... this only happens every couple of weeks or so?? Any ideas?

He eats fine, he plays with his brother,, he is very active but sleeping more as they get older (now 7). His stool are always solid,,it just seems that the gas really upsets him.
sounds like an upset stomach. Why would you expect lactose intolerance over other foods?
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I have no clue what to think, I am just trying to get some ideas.. I cannot imagine what is causing his gas to be so bad and scary without being smelly with no loose stools. I will be getting different grain free dog food this weekend and try to start weeding some things out. With humans, they get gassy.... thought maybe the same thing with dogs.
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I am lactose intolerant, and there is lactose in some cheeses. And yes, most adult dogs and cats are lactose intolerant.
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I have no clue what to think, I am just trying to get some ideas.. I cannot imagine what is causing his gas to be so bad and scary without being smelly with no loose stools. I will be getting different grain free dog food this weekend and try to start weeding some things out. With humans, they get gassy.... thought maybe the same thing with dogs.
If you are going to start changing foods make sure the food you buy is a single protein food. A lot of foods have more than one protein in them. To do a food trial you need a food with one meat and since you are eliminating grains you don't need to worry about those. Zignature has them and Go foods has a couple in their sensitive and shine line. If you get other brands read the label carefully make sure the fat is the same as the main meat and that they don't slip some other meat in down the line like fish oil. Also get a meat your dog has never eaten. My dog has room clearing gas when he gets a hold of anything chicken but does great on turkey. Could be changing the meat could be the key.
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