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Dog Burping and Coughing - Is it Normal?

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. September 18, 2017
Dog Burping and Coughing - Is it Normal?

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Like people, dogs burp to eliminate gases in their body. Usually it is when the dog swallows too much air as they have been eating too fast. However, if they areconstantly belching this can be an indication that something isn't right inside their body. Likewise, chances are it can lead to a digestive problem.

It is normal for dogs to burp, but in some cases it will be important to evaluate the source that is causing them, especially when it may be a symptom of disease. In this AnimalWised article we will explain all about dog burping and coughing so you can detect any issue in your pet.

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  1. Why does my dog burp in my face?
  2. What can I give my dog for gas and bloating?
  3. Should I worry that my dog is burping?

Why does my dog burp in my face?

Your dog is not deliberately burping in your face! Their belches will be unintentional and it is important to know what exactly is going on inside their stomachs. When you here your dog burp, air is escaping from their esophagus. This is due to gases.

Gases are fluids lacking shape and are generated in the large intestine during digestion. They are mainly due to the fermentation of the food ingested or to the presence of air that is swallowed when eating. It is something totally normal and natural.

What happens if the dog has a lot of gas? Excluding some isolated cases, it is important to know some of the causes that lead to burping or belches in the dog, here are the most common:

  • Eating raw foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Low quality food.
  • Molosser breeds, such as the boxer, pug or French mastiff, who involuntarily ingest excessive air at mealtimes.
  • Generalized stress and anxiety.
  • Competitive feeding, which occurs when the dog eats with other animals.
  • Diseases.

When the dog bellows repetitively and constantly, chances are that the gas can be producing digestive pain. Finding the cause of this problem is fundamental if we want to solve it.

Dog Burping and Coughing - Is it Normal? - Why does my dog burp in my face?

What can I give my dog for gas and bloating?

When a dog eats too fast it may be appropriate to purchase an anti-stress feeder or slow-feed dog bowl. It is a normal bag, but with an irregular structure, which prevents them from eating everything at once and can also be a source of enrichment and fun.

It will also be advisable to distribute the food in installments, for example in two or three, this way the dog will feel more satiated and will tend to accumulate less gas. The goal is to make them eat and drink very slowly.

You can also practice searching, an activity of olfactory stimulation that will help you relax your best friend and encourage slow intake. This activity is highly recommended for dogs suffering from stress.

When offering the food, if you have several animals at home, you can choose to feed them in separate rooms, this way you will avoid competitive feeding. You should also try not to excite them during this time, so that they are relaxed.

When you notice that your dog belches, something that makes them feel uncomfortable, you can try to reassure them and help them with a massage. Start from the chest up to the neck to aid the passage of wind and gas.

What can I give my dog for gas and bloating?

Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and betting on physical activity is an excellent remedy to get rid of gas, as we will be accelerating their metabolism and performing enriching activities, which will not only help improve their well-being, but also encourage the natural expulsion of gas.

Some people use the classic aerored pills for dogs, others prefer the use of prebiotics, which help balance the intestinal flora. Some like activated charcoal, an absorbent that helps protect the stomach from harmful foods. In any case we recommend always consult with the vet before offering the aforementioned products.

Should I worry that my dog is burping?

If you notice that your dog is suffering from diarrhea and abundant gas you must go to the veterinarian as soon as possible, since it can be a symptom of disease. Some of the most common gas-related diseases are:

  • Gastric Torsion: The stomach dilates and contracts due to a large amount of fluid, food or gas. We will notice the dog is very nervous and their abdomen is very dilated. This is a medical emergency and you should go to the vet as soon as possible as it puts the animal's life at risk. However, if your dog is not vomiting any food or coughing up blood, there is little chance of a stomach problem being the culprit.
  • Colitis: an inflammation of the large intestine that can cause gas. Dogs are weak, apathetic and tend to evacuate very small feces with possible blood or mucus remains.

If you notice any abnormalities, such as excessive gasping, vomiting, blood or difficulty breathing, contact your trusted veterinarian, even through a phone call. It is important to rule out a serious problem that will require emergency action.

Dog Burping and Coughing - Is it Normal? - Should I worry that my dog is burping?

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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