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my chihuahuas farts smell really bad. Why

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She never really farted before and now she has been doing it a lot for the past two days. Also her rectum seems redder then normal. She has just switched two a new dog food called mountain dog raw dog food. this is all natural.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
HiCustomer

Many things can cause gas. It is believed that dog foods containing soy products and other food allergies contribute to gas problems as well. Sometimes a change in diet will help the problem or as you have found out can cause the problem.

Smaller meals spread out can help and taking your dog for walks after meals cuts down on gas. Adding good bacteria to your dog's stomach can aid in the digestion as well. I use a spoonful of plain unflavored yogurt on my dog's food to keep good bacteria in their stomach, but there are products, such as Prozyme, that can be purchased at your pet store to aid digestion and cut down on gas.

Here is a site that discusses the problem:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1571&articleid=253

Hope this helps.