Boxers are well known for a few things; their strong, muscular bodies, their goofy personalities and their ability to clear a room in under 3 seconds! Yes, boxers do have a reputation for being gassy which leads to one of the most common conversations that boxer owners tend to engage in and that’s discussing the question, “why does my boxer have such bad gas?”
Here is one of my favourite pictures of a boxer that shows exactly what we are talking about. It’s from the website www.dogshaming.com:
Before we discuss how to deal with your boxer’s bad gas, let’s talk about why he has gas to begin with. Gas, whether it smells bad or like a bunch of roses, is the result of an accumulation of gasses in the intestinal tract. The two typical reasons that there would be gas accumulation are:
- Ingestion of Large Amounts of Air
- Generation of Gas Due to Digestion
Let’s look at each of these reasons a little closer so we understand how to respond to each.
Ingestion of Large Amounts of Air
Think about your boxer buddy for a second. Think about him as he eats. Think about him as he plays. Think about him as he greets you when you get home. Unless your boxer buddy is completely different from any other boxer out there, he probably does most, or all of these activities with his mouth wide open, tongue hanging to one side or the other and releasing the odd audible snort.
While all of this is going on, air is being ingested and finding it’s way into your dogs intestinal tract. If he doesn’t release all of the air through his mouth (and they tend not to), the air needs to escape somehow. This air will follow the path of least resistance which, unfortunately for anyone who may be in the vicinity, tends to be out the other end in which it came.
Generation of Gas Due to Digestion
When your dog eats, the digestion process will produce gas. This is completely normal. If you notice an increase in gas production, it could be do to an infection, disorder or even a disease that is affecting your dog’s GI tract. Or, it may just be as simple as your dog’s system not agreeing with the food that you’ve selected for him.
How to Battle Your Boxers Gas Production
Here are some suggestions to consider if your boxer buddy is continuing to try and asphyxiate you.
Visit the Vet
Before doing anything else, take your boxer buddy to your vet to make sure that he is in good health and that there are no serious conditions contributing to the increased production of gas. If you wait to take him to the vet, and the condition worsens, it may put your boxer buddy at increased risk by not addressing it as early as possible. If your dog begins vomiting, has diarrhea or loss of appetite, get him to the vet ASAP!
Slow Down Eating
As mentioned above, if your boxer dog is scarfing down his food like it’s his last meal, it’s likely that he’s also scarfing down a bunch of air along with the kibble. You can combat this by switching from 1 or 2 larger meals to additional meals without as much food for each meal. Or, there are dog feeding bowls that have been designed to slow your dog down while it enjoys it’s meals. Here are a couple options:
Switch the Diet
You may want to consider trying a different dog food to see if it helps alleviate gas production. Typically, higher quality kibble will reduce gas and waste production. Whenever making a shift in your dog’s diet, make sure you do it with a slow transition from the old food to the new. This will avoid creating additional strain on your dogs digestive system.
Some people have switched their boxer to a raw food diet and seen success with lowering gas production. However, I would recommend speaking to a vet prior to making the shift to a raw food diet to ensure that you are doing it properly and know how to ensure your dog is receiving all the nutrients he requires.
Go Easy on the Treats
In some cases, the treats that you think you’re rewarding your boxer buddy with for good behaviour, are the exact thing that’s contributing to setting off the fire alarm! Try removing treats for a couple weeks to see if it helps. Definitely stay away from known gas generators such as fruit, cheese and other dairy products.
The best thing you can do to combat the gas-attack is to take your boxer buddy for regular, relaxed walks. 3o minutes a day will go a long way in helping him release the beast outside and not in your bedroom. Just remember, if you’re going to get rambunctious with him, and get him riled up and excited, he’s more than likely going to swallow a bunch of air in the process and your efforts will all be for not.
I’d love to hear which of these tips worked best for you, as well as which of them didn’t work at all. Please come back and comment below, letting us know how the suggestions worked or didn’t work for you.
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