Wonderful dog, horrible smell

by Claudia
(Massachusetts)

Hi fellow Boston lovers,

We have a wonderful 7 month old Boston Terrier named Daisy. The only problem is her unbelievably stinky (and frequent) gas. We feed her a very high quality food with no wheat or soy, so I'm not sure what else to try. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to solve this problem? Thanks!

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Feb 23, 2014
Boston Terrier Gas
by: Bob

I just want to update since my posting on this topic in Jan 2010. Our Tilly has had the same food formula since I last wrote, i.e. 1/2 raw food, my own homemade blend and 1/2 Origen kibble. To date she very rarely passes gas, although some of you are correct in that the short snout can be part of the problem. Tilly's snout is a bit longer than the Boston in the top left of this page. However before the food change when she was young her gas (farts) were pretty rough.
On the plus side, when she does pass gas which is seldom, she seems to save it for the odd visitor that has overstayed their welcome, so we sometimes encourage her to sit near and welcome the wind.
If anyone is interested I can let you know the raw food blend.

Feb 11, 2014
No problem with gas..really!
by: Victoria

My Monty had gas when he was on commercial food. The day I switch him to balanced real food - no gas. I swear!

Apr 24, 2013
Boston Terrier Food & Gas
by: Anonymous

My dog had terrible gas until I switched him to Blue Buffalo Grain Free for Puppies and it reduced it by at least 75%.

Mar 08, 2013
Your little doggie need not stink.
by: Anonymous

We bathe our 15lb female every two weeks with animal planet shampoo and brush her teeth with dog tooth paste. We Fred dry food and cooked chicken a nd a little cooked chicke n liver. She also gets sme high quality wet foo. We rot ate the brands a nd order from Amazon. She is 7yrs old and does not fart. She is SO cute!

Mar 04, 2013
Raw food!
by: Anonymous

My Boston had terrible gas and I tried every type of top dog food to no avail. Finally started him on Raw food about 6 years ago and he has been gas free since! Natures variety makes a great raw food in many different protein options. And it's available in a ton of pet stores.

Dec 18, 2012
Gassy dog
by: Rick

I have a 6 month old Boston terrier puppy. Her gas can clear out a room. I think it is just the breed of dog. They suck in a lot of air through their short noses. I feed her a top quality food, but I don't think this is the reason. I love this dog, so I guess I should try and live with it. Nothing a can of air freshener can't fix!!!!

Nov 26, 2012
Stinky Dog
by: Anonymous

I can tell you that I have many dogs and this one by far is the most disgusting. Snorts, farts, eats cat dung, sneezes all over me all the time. I will never get another one.

Nov 16, 2012
Protein
by: Anonymous

It can help if you change the protein in the food. I know duck is high in fat and gives my Boston Terrier gas. I switched him to a fish protein and don't have as bad of a problem. Also they take in extra air while they eat because of their short noses so naturally they have some gas. You'll eventually figure out the right food. Good luck!

Oct 31, 2012
yes indeed
by: Anonymous

My Boston had terrible gas and the crud running out of his eyes had made raw streaks under his eyes. He also had little pustules on his chin and lips. I had been feeding him Purina ProPlan lamb and rice. I changed to same brand salmon and oats labled as sensitive skin and stomach formula, and within a week the the pustules were gone, and after 2 weeks the folds under his eyes were healed up. I changed nothing else. He gets his diet supplemented with leftover chicken gristle and some occasional raw beef.


May 08, 2012
stinky boston
by: Anonymous

Its his glands.

Mar 06, 2012
stinky boston terrier
by: Anonymous

my boston stinks but it not just his farts.
he's got a body odor i can't get rid of. i bathe him about every 2 months. i clean his cage but look out same old body oodr. i know a dogs got an odor but mine knocks you out. help i don't know what else to do. i have never had a dog to smell like this. it's enough to make you laugh & cry at the same time. you just feel sorry for him. no one can stand to be around very long.

Dec 01, 2011
Our Boston smells lovable!
by: A. J. Wright

We have a beautiful, 8 month old Boston Terrier female. To date, she has not fouled the air we breathe due to flatulence (gas). She eats only Royal Canin for skin and digestion. She also has a beautiful, shiny coat.

Sep 06, 2011
Garlic
by: Anonymous

My 4 year old Boston Bella also has frequent and rancid gas. It doesn't matter what we feed her, we have had to try several different foods due to allergies. So, no matter what food you give them, they will have gas due to their short little adorable nose. Bella will always be our sweet little toe licking, garlic farter. And we love her anyways.

May 24, 2011
Iams??
by: Leilou

Leilou just turned 12 weeks and we are feeding her Iams complete protection puppy chow. Pretty bad when my 3 year old daughter runs screaming from the room that pigdog farted! I have to be careful with the food i have because my other 2 dogs have severe allergies. They are free fed lamb and rice adult dog food. Any suggestions on what I could give Leilou?

Apr 30, 2010
You have my sympathy
by: Anonymous

We have a wonderful 11 month old Boston named Bugsy. I have had Bostons before and knew what to expect with this "unsociable" habit! With Bugsy, we tried a holistic diet with no wheat, etc. "guaranteed" to help with gas. Uh...no, that didn't work, even though we kept him on it for 3 months. Believe it or not, we found that he tolerates Iams lamb and rice (red bag) the best. Every dog is different and you will just need to see what works for your pet. He is virutally gas free on the Iams Lamb and Rice. HOWEVER (emphasis intended!) we found when he is chewing and playing (which is frequent) he is also ingesting air...and this results in alas, GAS! So, in a nutshell, love your Boston but come to accept the fact you can help with the gassiness, but you will never eliminate it altogether. Good luck, and you will find that your Boston is worth putting up with the smell :)

Apr 05, 2010
The Reason.
by: Anonymous

Boston Terriers are Naturally Prone to gas because of there short muzzle. Bostons Take in air while they eat. IT does result in Gas. Some foods are worse then others but I have been feeding Purnia Dog Chow most of the time and it has gotten A little better then when we were feeding him a Sporting Dog feed that we fed the Hunting and Herding dogs in the winter, He would clear the whole house both stories but we haven't had a problem with rodents.

I have done much research with several vets, breeders, trainers, and Canine specialists and all of them had said that that was the reason.

Mar 03, 2010
My gas is gone almost!
by: Miss Mylee Jo

Man can i clear a room TOO! I have these owners that love me soo much. I eat a top rated dog food. They buy it at Costco, Chicken and Rice. I can not have any rawhide bones because it makes my tummy up set. I am very happy with my doggie food. My little owners like to take and drop my dog food all over its like treats all the time. Yummy. I love it and i Love my baths because they put natural peanut butter on the sides of the tub and i lick it while i get my lovely bath. I love bath time..... They also use oatmeal based soap so i won't get dry skin. I am so lucky.

Jan 26, 2010
BT Gas and Raw Food
by: Bob

Our Tilly regularly cleared out a room. I started her on raw food (special blend) 8 months ago and the gas has diminished by 80 to 90%. I can go a couple of weeks without noticing gas. She gets 50% raw food and 50% Origen kibble, which is very low to non existent in cereal. Tilly is 2 1/2 and vet says she is in excellent condition. When she was on kibble and canned food, she would eat twice a day, but since the change to raw food she only wants one meal a day. I don't know if this is because of the food or her age. It also reduced the number and quantity of bowel movements. We've also tried to give her only pure dehydrated meat treats, e.g. dehydrated chicken hearts. However, the odd rawhide treat will sometimes bring on the gas.

Jan 05, 2010
Try Nutro
by: Anonymous

I have been using Nutro Ultra Holistic Superfood and it works for my 3!!! We recently lost one of out BT's to heart failure--very unexpected and very upsetting to know there was nothing we could do.
Also there is Canin thru the vet that works too but the Nutro is a little less expensive.

Jan 04, 2010
Pee yoooo
by: Grandparents Boston

Yes the odor is worse than any emitted from any other living source. My parents have a fantastic BT. I believe that accomodations are the only answer and there are effective remedies. We think automatically now and keep matches handy. Dog farts, match is lit. At my brother's house incense is lit when recee comes to visit.

Now we can love her again as much as my parents do.

Nov 11, 2009
OMG the gas!!!
by: Jill S

I have tried Iams, Nutro and Wellness. Wellness seemed to make it worse, I mean non-stop. I don't know what else to do. My Bpston is such an awesome dog and my friends hate him because he is nothing short of offensive.

Oct 28, 2009
Try having 4 of them!!
by: love bts

we have 4 bt's 2 girls and 2 boys--the girls were fine eating rachel ray's dog food then we got our 1st boy and he couldn't eat that so we tried puppy chow for the 3 of them as they were all under 1 year and that worked great. now we adopted an older male and have to find something quick 'cuz I can't wear a gas mask to bed!! tried nutro that didn't work for any of them--tried another top brand for sensitive stomach--didn't work for the boys. It seems to be more of the boys problems than the girls. I keep reading about the yogurt in the food. does it really work?

Jul 12, 2009
Like people
by: Stone

A high protein diet leads to gas... humans and dogs alike... Add some water to the dig food and little olive oil, it not only will it help with the gas but also make your dogs coat softer...

good luck,

Stone, the inspiration for itpawsablenyc.com

Dec 31, 2008
gas in bed
by: Leisa

Jack and Emma like to sleep under the covers, esp now that it's colder. One night, they were both under the covers. I don't know if one or both passed gas, but I went to pull the covers up onto my shoulders. I ended up getting a not so nice surprise when I lifted the blanket. Gotta luv 'em.

Dec 17, 2008
gas
by: Tommies mom

we have a boxer and a boston...the boxers are also infamous for flatulence...no way to stop it, but adding a dollop of plain yogurt to their food seems to keep the aroma less toxic. Easier to laugh when you aren't fleeing the room.

Nov 15, 2008
We can totally relate!
by: Xylo's Mom

Hello! We totally feel what you feel! We feed our 4 month old (Xylo) Iams and have tried a few other foods and she still has really bad gas. We could try some of the things recommended on here but no matter what we wouldn't trade her, or the gas that comes with her for anything. :)

Oct 28, 2008
Avoderm helps with gas
by: Daniela Vasquez

Hello All!!!
My Boston can be gassy just like yours, depending on food. Obviously, every dog is different, but this seems to work with mine.
I feed him AVODERM oven baked food. So far, I've only given him the lamb and rice combo and it does the trick (I'm about to have him try the beef), but you have to watch out for treats! He seems to do fine with Milkbones too.

Hope this helps!!!


Oct 22, 2008
I need the Dog Whisperer!:/
by: Coal and Afrika

Boston Terriers are the most likely breed to have gas because of there short muzzles/bodies. EVERY Boston WILL have gas. I have two who follow me 24/7 and sleep with me, passing gas about every minute. I am the type of person that hates stinky smells and it's been 8 years now and Im still not 'used to' it! You just learn to plug yr nose! lol I wouldn't have it any other way and them being gassy non-stop is a small sacrifice I make to get all of the love/affection they give me!! I couldn't imagine my life without them!!:(

Oct 22, 2008
Farty terriers!
by: Anonymous

Chester has that farting thing going for him at times as well. Any time he has a new treat he tends to get gassy. You might want to try mixing in some boiled rice (not store brand - it tends to turn out paste-like - the boil-in-a-bag from success or uncle ben's is good). You can also boil chicken, hamburg, peas, carrots, and/or green beans to add to the mix. I also add a small amount of garlic (good for the flavor as well as keeping fleas & ticks away). But definitely try at least the rice. It helps settle the stomach. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Oct 21, 2008
Dido!
by: Anonymous

My dog is the same way. I have looked into it and it is a Boston Terrier trait. So get used to it, it doesn't get any better!! We just laugh at ours now!

Oct 21, 2008
Smell
by: Anonymous

You just get used to it after a while. It is something that boston's have. I have not known a boston yet that did not have the most horrible gas.

Oct 20, 2008
I agree
by: boomers mom

Boomer has the worst gas, and he is fed the best food, what do you do? He wants to be near me 24/7, and he even sleeps with me, WHEEW!!!!

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