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Many people keep a ready supply of the antacid Simethicone nearby, usually in the form of Phayzme® or Gas X®. (Among ones tried, Phazyme seems to be preferred.)

Simethicone is considered quite safe, even when administered in large doses. Its purpose is to break up large gas bubbles in the stomach, enabling the accumulating gas to be more easily passed.

At the first hint of a gassy stomach, you can give a generous dose of Simethicone. If you are using Ultra Strength Phazyme® 180 mg softgels, slit open 5-10 capsules and squeeze the liquid directly into your dog's mouth. Some people report they get faster and better results using Phazyme® Quick Dissolve 125mg chewable tablets.

With either product, one dose of Simethicone may be sufficient to relieve pressure and settle the stomach before the condition gets any worse. More Simethicone can be given later, if needed.

Some dogs are also lactose intolerant, resulting in noxious fumes after consuming dairy products. A teaspoon of low-fat yogurt with each meal will reduce internal gas, thanks to the active bacterial cultures in yogurt.

Your dog's anal glands may be the culprit of rear-end woes. Impacted anal glands cause noxious odours and discomfort. It is a good idea to have them checked every time you are at the vet's or groomer, just in case there is a problem.Dogs gulping their food will also consume a lot of air, so elevating their food dish to about the same level as their stomachs reduces the amount taken in.

Intestinal worms and parasites, especially the single celled organisms giardia and coccidia can be responsible for chronic, molodorous gas, but an infestation with roundworm and whipworms is also a possibility. A fecal sample checked by your vet will end the guess work.