Embarrassing pet health problems

Ever had to pardon your dog for doing a bottom burp in public or apologised to a stranger because your dog just slobbered all over them? Rest assured there’s a fix for your furry friend’s embarrassing health problems.

05 Jul 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Is farting normal for dogs?

According to veterinarian Dr. Alister Webster, “Excessive flatulence is common (and normal) in dogs and whilst it’s not harmful to you or your pet, the smell is often horrific, quickly polluting the air and it can create some rather embarrassing moments, especially when you have guests around. Flatulence most commonly occurs when dogs are fed a poor quality diet such as cheap dog food, poorly digestible foods that ferment (e.g. cabbage, beans or sprouts), treats and scraps, or if they have a sudden change of diet or they eat too fast causing them to swallow air as well as food.

Top tips to reduce your pet’s flatulence

  • Choose a premium brand of dog food that is highly digestible.
  • Cut down on leftovers and treats that continually vary their daily diet.
  • Instead of feeding your dog 1 or 2 portions of food per day, divide the daily ration into smaller portions and feed the dog more frequently.
  • Sometimes dogs eat too quickly because they fear their food will be taken away, so feed your dog in a quiet comfortable area.
  • Exercise your dog; a fit healthy body helps for a healthy digestion.
  • Feed your pet a probiotic supplement to provide ‘good bacteria’ for better digestion and less gas.

Dr Alister notes, “Just remember, although these tips will reduce flatulence, all dogs (just like all humans) experience daily flatulence and it should never be your intention to get your dog to stop this more biological activity!

Why does my dog drool so much?

As much as you might hate your dog’s drooling, it’s actually quite normal. Dr Alister says it can happen particularly when your canine chum sees food.

He explains, “It’s a behaviour called ‘Pavlov’s Response’ as their digestive tract gets ready to eat. Some dogs also drool all the time as they have looser lips (like humans drool when they are asleep) or when they are excited or stressed. Dogs who are stressed often drool, as do dogs that suffer motion sickness in the car.

“However, excessive drooling or in cases where older dogs suddenly start drooling, this could be a sign of a health issue. Dogs with dental issues, digestive upsets, allergies or even poisoning might drool much more than normal. The other common cause of sudden drooling is a foreign body such as a half-eaten bone stuck in the mouth or throat. So keep that in mind.”

Why is my dog’s breath so stinky and how do I treat it?

There’s nothing worse than giving your dog a cuddle only to discover its breath smells less than fresh.

“The two most common reasons why your dogs breath smells is because of what is has just eaten or, more commonly, because they have dental disease,” says Dr Alister. “Dental disease is as common in pets as it is in people. It is often first noticed when your pet has bad breath or ‘halitosis’. Bad breath is usually caused by tartar building up on your pet’s teeth, which irritate the gums and tooth root leading to inflammation and infection and the possibility of having teeth fall out.

So what can you do? Dr Alister recommends taking a trip to your veterinarian for a professional assessment and clean of their teeth. He also offers the following tips to help prevent tartar build up and dental problems for your pooch.

  • Feed your pet a raw bone at least once a week to reduce the amount of tartar by a physical abrasion
  • Brush your pet’s teeth twice a week if they will tolerate it
  • Feed a commercial dry diet specially formulated to reduce tartar build up
  • Use a ‘mouthwash’ that can be added to your dog’s drinking water
  • Have your dog’s teeth regularly scaled and polished by your vet


Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW) was developed by Dr Alister Webster, a third generation vet from the Webster family who are renowned by vets for creating quality pet products for over 80 years. Dr Webster spent over four years researching and developing natural actives and product alternatives for veterinary wellbeing products before introducing Pure Animal Wellbeing Products to vets in Australia. For more questions on general pet health and wellness Ask Pawl – Australia’s first pet health expert “spokesdog” for PAW by Blackmores. 

05 Jul 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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