Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.

Flatulence (passing gas)

Flatulence in pets may be due to a change in diet, dietary indiscretion (similar to food poisoning in humans), or imbalances in the digestive tract. Brachycephalic breeds--those with shortened heads such as boxers, bulldogs, and pugs--tend to have more issues with flatulence because they swallow more air due to their unique head anatomy. 


  • In most cases, gas is harmless, but if your pet suffers from chronic flatulence you should consult with your vet. They may recommend a diet change or probiotics to help restore gastrointestinal flora.