Does your pet have Gas or Bad Breath
Many of our customers have noted that once they’ve switched to a better food, the incidence of gas and bad breath are reduced. So that can be a primary treatment for these conditions.
Gas can be caused in a number of ways. Some animals take in air when they feed, especially larger breeds that have dishes on the floor, or dogs that eat very quickly. Changing the food dishes can fix this. Raised dishes can reduce this problem, as well as reducing the strain on the dog’s neck and back. There are also dishes that slow the feeding down, being divided into smaller section that the dog has to effectively lick the food out of. Something as simple as a rock or billiard ball in the food dish can also slow the feeding down, causing the animal to swallow less air.
Gas can also be caused by the fermentation of food in the animal’s gut. If fed the proper amount, the food should be digested completely. If overfed, the undigested food can ferment in the gut, causing gas. So, sometimes, reducing the amount of food can cure a gas problem, and save you from wasting expensive food. Remember, the recommended feeding on the side of the bag is an average, some dogs may actually need less. And the weights listed are the optimum weight for your pet, not the current weight. Obese dogs should be fed based on what they should weigh, not what they actually weigh.
Raw foods eliminate the fermentation process, and all but eliminate gas problems in dogs. Certain breeds tend to be worse than others, Pugs, Bostons, Bulldogs all seem to be notorious at clearing rooms. When these breeds convert to raw, most tell us that the gas problem is eliminated, and those that still toot do it far less.
Bad breath can come from two places. It can come from the mouth, or from the stomach. Bad teeth, tartar, gingivitis, infections and bacteria are all sources of bad breath. Most of these need to be treated by a Veterinarian, but there are some natural products like PetzLife sprays that can reduce dental problems. Combined with regular brushing, and good chewing toys/treats (rawhides, real bones, tartar control chews) they can greatly reduce breath smells. And again, raw feeding removes the main source of carbs in a dogs diet, and thereby reduces the tartar causing bacteria by literally starving them.
Dental products include oral sprays or liquids you add to drinking water. The sprays (PetzLife for one) tend to be essential oils that work by being a natural antibacterial agent, killing the tartar causing bacteria. The liquids usually contain a surfactant, a product which essentially makes the teeth slippery, so that that carbs and the bacteria they feed won’t stick to the teeth. These both are effective in many cases, but not all.
To control stomach source odours, we can rely on better food to help, but there are also charcoal enhanced cookies that can help greatly. The charcoal neutralizes the odours, just like the charcoal in a pair of odour eater insoles. These cookies usually also include mouth freshening products like parsley oil and mint as well, giving them a double shot of effectiveness.
Controlling gas and bad breath isn’t rocket science, a few easy tips can make your pet much more pleasant sharing your personal space.