Dog gas is essentially your dog eliminating toxins from his body. When the digestive system is unable to process and utilize nutrients, noxious gas is the result. Another result of your dog's inability to process these nutrients is poor nutrition, which is a major cause of your dog's itchy skin.
Think about your own gas (yes, everyone has gas whether they admit it or not - it's a natural bodily function). When you are healthy, eating healthy foods, you will likely have low amounts of gas that are not overly noxious. Eating certain foods will react differently in your body, some of these foods causing a noxious gas, others not. A lot of it has to do with how well your digestive system can break down the foods and utilize the nutrients in the foods. When unable to break down the food, you can experience excessive gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
So, if your dog has persistent, noxious gas, it probably has something to do with his dog food. A lot of commercial dog foods are highly processed and have a low-nutrient value. This causes most of the dog food to just sit in his digestive tract, undigested and not utilized for the most part. This produces noxious dog gas, as well as dog itchy skin, as the skin is unable to get the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
The best thing to do if your pet is experiencing both dog itchy skin and dog gas is to change his dog food.
If you are feeding a commercial dog food, read the ingredient labels and look for a dog food that is natural, with minimal preservatives and additives, and has quality ingredients. Organic is best, but also tends to be the priciest (just like with human food). There are a few good, natural dog foods out there, but don't be fooled by the pretty packaging and wording on the bag. Just because the bag says the dog food is well-balanced doesn't mean a thing. Just because it shows pictures of beautiful vegetables and animals on the packaging doesn't mean it contains quality ingredients in the bag. Always, always, always - look at the actual ingredients on the ingredient label!
If you are feeding homemade dog food, then your dog is already getting quality nutrients, however, one or more of those nutrients are not digestible for him. Every three or four days, try changing or removing one ingredient at a time to see which affects his noxious dog gas.
By changing your dog to a natural, quality dog food diet, you should see a change in your dog's gas within a couple of days. However, your dog's itchy skin can take a few weeks to correct itself, but you should observe a noticeable decrease in scratching after a few days.
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Article Added on Sunday, March 8, 2009
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