Question: Slightly overweight and stays inside most of the time – no dietary or activity changes – sometimes has a problem with
hip when weather is bad (usually limps
in the same type of weather that I do) – hip problem appears lessened since we got him a cushion to sleep on
The problem – gas that will make your
Flatulence is frequently directly related to the diet and or an internal imbalance. What do you feed, and what do you use as treats? The stiffness may be another sign of an imbalance. Have you had a stool sample checked for parasites including Giardia and Coccidia? At this age I would advise a full workup with a CBC, biochemical profile and bile acid test to rule out underlying disorders. As a symptomatic approach, you can try a fast for twelve to twenty-four hours followed by feeding of small amounts of a bland diet like low fat cottage cheese and rice (no dog food or treats). If this helps, then after three days you can try adding back small amounts of his regular diet, and see if the flatulence recurs.