Living with a pit bull isn’t always a walk in the park. Pet friendly rentals are hard enough to find without every potential landlord thinking your dog is a man eating menace. The internet is filled with anti-pit bull and pro-pit bull articles -many written by myself- but what most lack is the middle ground. What is it actually like to live with a pit bull?
Each breed has their own identifying characteristics that people associate them with, but, unless you have personally had a pit bull in your home, you have no idea.
So, here’s what it’s really like to live with one. The good, the bad, and the smelly!
Your Pitbull Might Be Swallowing Air
Some dogs, and some pitbulls in particular, tend to inhale their food. They lap up every meal as though they were starving to death, often swallowing large amounts of air along with the food.
Pitbulls may also take in extra air when drinking, especially if they lap up the water as rapidly as they eat their food.
Even if your dog isn’t a “speed eater,” they may take in extra air when eating or drinking after exercise. If they are tired and panting a lot while eating or drinking, all that extra air is going to go down with the food and water.
Your dog’s activity level may also affect their gas levels. Pitbulls are naturally active dogs, so if they are kept inside all the time and not exercised properly, their overall health will begin to deteriorate.
Among other issues, your dog may develop chronic gas problems as a result of this deteriorating health. Making sure your dog gets plenty of exercise is essential to keeping their digestive system functioning as it should, which in turn is key to controlling their flatulence.
Of course, food and activity levels both play a significant role in your dog’s digestive health. But even if you’re giving them top quality food and plenty of exercise, some dogs simply have more sensitive tummies than others.
If your dog shows signs of digestive issues in addition to their frequent gas, such as vomiting, and diarrhea or loose stools, it may be a good idea to get them checked out by their vet. Once more serious problems have been ruled out, using probiotics and home remedies may help to ease your pitbull’s tummy troubles and reduce their farting.
Why Does My Dog Fart So Much and Stink?
The causes of dog farts vary but they are generally the same as in people. After a meal, bacteria in the intestinal tract break down the food into nutrients that the body can use. During this process, stinky hydrogen sulfide gas releases as a by-product of digestion for certain foods in the colon. That gas becomes trapped and farting is the only way for your dog to get it out.
Some dogs also tend to swallow a lot of air when they eat and drink, especially speed-eaters and short-nosed brachycephalic breeds including Pugs, Boston terriers, Shih Tzus, and Lhasa Apsos. Like the gas formed in their digestive tract, this swallowed air is also expelled by farting.
So, is it normal for dogs to fart a lot? A bit of gas is normal each day, but if you feel like you need to wear a gas mask around your dog, then something is amiss. This is especially true if the farting is a recent development and your dog has diarrhea or you find blood in their stool.
They Are Ridiculous Creatures, No Joke
When you first welcome a pit bull into your home, especially puppies, the adjustment period may seem strange to you. They will always look confused, but oddly happy about it, and they will start to do really strange things. Then you will realize that they are doing strange things because that’s just who they are, and you are stuck with them forever.
Have you ever seen a dog wiggling on its back on the floor while snorting and farting and growling all at the same time? That’s an average morning for pit bull parents. The best part is when they suddenly flip over onto their feet, and scramble to chase a shadow or moth or whatever they saw floating on the other side of the room. But, they always stand up too quickly, their legs sliding out from underneath them, causing them to crash their disproportionate floppy bodies onto the floor once again.
Everything pit bulls do is an act of comedic genius, and you will forget all about what regular dogs are like.
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