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Our 2 1/2 year old Labradoodle has been...

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19 Feb 2009

Our 2 1/2 year old Labradoodle has been burping. She has always burped a little, but now we notice it much more often. After she burps she hangs her head down like she's looking at the floor, so we think maybe she's uncomfortable. It's more frequent after meals.

We had been using Nutro Lamb/Rice and have begun to transition her to Castor/Pollux Organix because we thought maybe its more digestible, but so far there is no improvement in the burps.

Let me add that her appetite is good, her weight is steady, her bowel movements are normally formed (we live in NYC and must scoop them all). Her abdomen is soft and we can push on it and she's not tender. Her mood is good and she is normally playful. We don't think she eats particularly quickly.

We are thinking of giving her Tums or Zantac, but we are not sure if that's right. Another possiblity is human food, like turkey and rice, but I'd like not to get into feeding her human food if possible.

Thank you for your advice.
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19 Feb 2009
Rebecca
Rebecca
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Hi Lola,
If she is burping, she is getting rid of excess gas. She may be eating a diet that is causing the gas (you could try another diet. with different ingredients than what she is eating now), or she may be swallowing air as she eats, especially if she eats quickly. I recommend trying to slow down eating if she is a real food gobbler, by giving small meals more often, or by putting big rocks in her dog bowl that she has to push around to get at the food, assuming she won't eat the rocks, too.

As long as she gets rid of the gas, by burping, she is probably fine. However, there is a condition, called bloat, that occurs in deep chested dogs, like poodles and Labradors, that can be very serious. The gas stays in the stomach, causing it to expand, and sometimes even to twist. If these dogs do not have emergency surgery, they can die. No one really knows why some dogs have this problem, and no one has yet come up with the answer to how to prevent it.

However, your dog may not have this problem at all, especially if she is getting rid of the gas. You could try Pepcid, which reduces acid in the stomach, at 10 milligrams per 40 pounds of weight, twice daily. Or you could also try simethicone (GasX) at one tablet twice daily, to reduce gas. I would discuss the burping and the seeming discomfort with your vet, to be sure he or she is not concerned about the possibility of bloat. Hope this helps, Rebecca
19 Feb 2009
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19 Feb 2009

Thank you. I read about bloat, is there usually a preceding period where the dog burps?

 

We will try the pepcid.

 

I think she'd eat the rocks, so we shoud try something larger in the bowl.

 

Is there a brand of food which is less likely to produce the gas in her stomach?

19 Feb 2009
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19 Feb 2009
Rebecca
Rebecca
We don't know much about bloat, except that it is caused by gas or air accumulating in the stomach. If she is burping, there is excess air or gas, but fortunately she is getting rid of it.

There is no specific gas-less diet. She may just have reaction to something she is eating, so if you try a diet with completely different ingredients from what she is eating now, she may not react by having excess gas. For instance, if she is on a lamb and rice based diet, try one with no lamb and no rice.

If she would eat rocks, definitely do not put the rocks in the bowl. Try just giving a few bits of food at a time, or something bigger than rocks, if she is a greedy eater. Greedy eating could be the source of the swallowed air. Rebecca
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