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How To Reduce Your Boston Terrier’s Gas Problem

August 3rd, 2008 · 24 Comments

Whilst Boston terriers are great to have around, and have a wonderful personality disposition, they do tend to suffer from some rather nasty problems, including the release of very smelly gas!

This is why it is important that you are very careful with your Boston terrier’s diet, not only to increase good health but also to reduce gas and stop the need for you to wander around the house with your hands clamped over your nose!

The first thing to bear in mind is that whilst dry complete dog foods can be both nutritious and good for your Boston terrier’s dental health, some can be packed with yeast, and this is no good for dog’s that are already susceptible to smelly gas problems!

You do not have to stop giving your dog dry food but you should make sure that you do not go for foods that are high in yeast content. Foods such as Iams provide your dog with complete nutrition and do not contain high yeast levels like some others, so can help to reduce the problem of gas.

Also, no matter how longingly your Boston terrier looks at you with those wallowing brown eyes do not give in to temptation and start feeding him scraps from the table, such as breads and other high yeast products, as once again this will result in the same problem, and it will be time to get a shed load of air fresheners out!

If you want to spice up your dog’s dry food on occasion you can always try mixing it with meat broth, such as chicken or beef broth, which will make the food more moist and add some more flavor without messing with your dog’s digestion and causing gas to be released.

And don’t forget - always make sure that he has some fresh water to drink with his food!

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jan // Aug 6, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I appreciated this! Muffin, my ten year old Boston terrier, has really bad gas and am tired of fighting the flatulence! I kept thinking I should ask the vet, but every time I go, I forget. later!

  • 2 Jim // Aug 9, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for the tip. It is helpful knowing the cause of this vexing problem.

  • 3 Margaret Brice // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    What we find out to help with this problem is cooking a soup with vegetables, rice and chicken or meat or veal. Is more work, but at least I know what are we given to our dogs.
    The skin is better, no more gases and they are happier.

  • 4 tonia // Aug 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks this is helpful, because we all know Boston’s can clear a room!!

  • 5 Sherry&Otis(my BT) // Aug 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    My boy sleeps under a blanket and the other day the room became filled with this stinch that we reconize as an “Otis Air-Raid”.From out of that blanketed area it came;he stayed curled up in there,we walked away laughing because Otis didn’t move.No scraps from here but I will check my label to see if I need to switch!

  • 6 Kym // Aug 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Both our Airedale and Boston had this suffocating problem until we switched their food. They are now on Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach. I wasn’t sure if it would help at first. I mean it’s not one of your ultra pricey “designer” dog foods. But, it has worked and wonderfully I might add. They pass smelly gas now only once or twice a week and that’s usually after they’ve managed to sneak something they shouldn’t eat.

  • 7 Christine // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    This whole time i just thought it was just my dog that had HORRIBLE gas but now its clear that i am not the only one suffering..
    My Boston, Macie, is only 4 months old and i thought she would have grown out of her gassy ways by now but apparently this will be a life long battle but hopefully with a change in dog food she will be gas free.
    thanks for the info….very helpful!

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  • 9 Joan // Mar 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    So thats very helpful I didn’t know that this gas problem was with all terriers. I thought it was just my dog. Good thing I’m not alone!

  • 10 CJ // May 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

    My Boston only has awful gas when I give him human food. So I can’t stress enough that if you wanna get rid of the stench you must resist that cute little face Boston’s give you when you are eating. I agree it’s the cutest begging little stare I have ever seen in my entire life and it kills me not to give him food because he almost looks at me like, “Mom how could you not give me some, aren’t we sharing? Please?” But as we all know gas can have awful cramps associated with the awful smells so I tell myself I will be giving him gassy cramps when he asks for the food and that helps with the guilt…LOL

  • 11 bubba // May 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Take the darn dog on a one-way-trip. that will take care of the problem!

  • 12 Jeff // Jul 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Our 3 year old boston had terrible as as well. We tried everything from changing his dog food to giving him a spoonful of yogurt everyday. We just switched him from Science Diet Sensitive Stomach to Natural Balance LID. It’s the allergy formula and even though our dog doesn’t have allergies, it somehow works wonders for him! It has made a huge difference and he does great on it! He has had maybe one gas in the last 3 days! I recommend Natural Balance to anyone who has a gassy dog. It would work great for Boxers as well…we used to have one of those and she had the same problem.

  • 13 Piglet // Jan 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for the tip on the yeast content in foods. I will look at the one I feed my 4 mo Boston. My husband will not let him sleep in the bed anymore because of his gas issues.

  • 14 Rick // Feb 14, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Baxter, our 11? yr. old Boston is a horrible fart machine. I’m going to try some of the recommended foods
    from other subscribers. Lord I hope it works. Will advise ya’all, later.

  • 15 pooter // Apr 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    only my male has tinky gas and it chases everyone away even my female boston will look at him like why did you do that i have tried everything. is farts is how he got his name cause he passed gas all the way home the day we got him which was bad cause the car windows didnt roll down at the time almost took him back lol

  • 16 nadia // Apr 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    this was very helpful, i have a 2yr old boston terrier that can clear a room.

  • 17 Blaine // May 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hills Prescription Diet for tender tummies solved the problem. Expensive, but no more runny poop and gas.

  • 18 Val // Jun 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I have a one year old Boston very appropriately named Beans. Quite the flatulent boy. I switched him over to the dry food Blue for sensitive stomachs (no by products or wheat/soy) and I mix half a cup of that with half a container of Beneful wet food… it helped, but he is still pretty stinky from time to time…so stinky, in fact, that he gasses himself out!

  • 19 Carol // Aug 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I have a 3-year old Boston that is named Tootsie, but we call her “Tooter” because she passes gas CONSTANTLY! She does it running, in her sleep, just sitting there. She then gets up, chases her butt, and looks at me as to ask “was that you?” We’ve pretty much gotten used to it, but I swear, she can clear a room in a heartbeat. But we love her…do we just deal with it!

  • 20 Ann Marie M // Oct 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I fed my little guy some leftovers from my pasta dinner the other day and have been paying for it dearly this evening.

    Just when I thought I had gotten used to it….

    hehehe. Gotta love those Boston’s. Just too cute :)

  • 21 Kim // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Carol, that is too funny because our 6 mo old Dixie does the same thing. She’ll “toot” and look at her butt like was that me? She goes through phases and the last phew days have been brutal! She too wakes herself up with the smell and jumps off her chair.

  • 22 Victoria // Feb 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I consulted my vet and he advised me that plain probiotoc yoghurt would help and sure enough it did. I found that my dogs love it and I enjoy eating it to for breakfast. It worked for not only my Bostons my My Bulldog too and helps with there breathand added plus. I didn’t need to sweeten it or add anything worked a charm.

  • 23 Deb // May 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I would have never thought a 3lb pup could ever smell that bad,thanks for the tips.

  • 24 Vicki // May 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I did check my Dimond’s food and no yeast is in it. However, the Gasious Odorous is still being produced, by my sweaty. I’ll try the yogurt. I do not feed her off the table and keep telling my husband to quit feeding he the scraps (which are usually eggs, chicken or beef with no bread). He doesn’t think it will make a difference.

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