Dogs can burp similar to humans. In most cases burping of a dog is absolutely normal. However at times it can be indicative of a problem in your dog. Generally, there is no need for any concern if your dog tends to burp occasionally. However, if you find that lately your dog is burping much more than normal, a lot of gas might have developed inside it. Find out what you should do in these cases.
What Causes Burping in Dogs?
Burping in dogs can occur in the following cases:
- When they eat too quickly and swallow air in the process
- An alkaline diet that leads to excessive gas production
- If dogs swallow more food than they can eat
- If the dog suffers from an allergy to any of the ingredients in its diet
- When dogs scavenge through trash
- Ailments such as Gastric-dilation-volvulus (GDV)
- Upset or imbalance in the gastrointestinal tract
When should you be worried about burping in dogs?
In case your dog starts burping suddenly, it could be indicative of oncoming gastrointestinal issues. You need to watch your pet closely for further problems such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. If your pet appears to be very gassy and burps after each meal you might like to consult your vet and change your dog’s diet.
In case your dog burps too much and also vomits or displays other problems such as a rapid breathing rate, abdominal pain, lethargy etc, it could be indicator of an emergency. If you notice these signs, call a vet immediately.
If your dog has started to burp excessively these days, or its breath has started to smell too bad, it might be a good idea to get in touch with a vet and schedule a non-urgent appointment with him or her. A vet can investigate whether your dog is suffering from any gastrointestinal problem and discuss with you the kind of diet you have been feeding to it lately.
It could be that the barking of your dog has a similar smell as that of rotten eggs after you started a new medication. There could be no reason for any concern but a vet will do the necessary check-ups on your dog to find out whether medications or some other reasons could be at work.
In some cases, eating foods more slowly can help reduce burps effectively. If your dog eats foods too fast, you could place a ball feeder treat or use a specially designed food bowl to reduce your dogs eating pace.
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