If a team of scientists can spend two years studying dogs pooping, this seems like a logical project.
Being scientists, they referred to the study as flatulence, but that word is pretentious and hard to spell correctly. So I'll just use one of the oldest words in the English language that was used by Chaucer.
As far as I can tell, this is not a study paid for by the taxpayers. It was done by The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, a leading scientific authority in pet nutrition for 50 years, located in Leicestershire, England.
While dogs passing gas is not a major problem that causes people to relinquish a beloved companion to a shelter, some people would like to eliminate the more odiferous aspects if possible.
There are others who like to blame the dog for their own transgressions.
Researchers were seeking a non-invasive technique to investigate doggie farts in real time.
The research was conducted with a jacket that had a sulfur-detecting pump attached to the area near the dog’s anus and disposable paper pants to protect the device. Eight adult dogs were used in the study.
Rectal gases were collected via a perforated tube held close to each dog's anus and attached to a monitoring pump fitted with a sensor that recorded hydrogen sulfide concentrations every 20 seconds. Source
An odor judge then assigned an odor rating to each fart, ranking it 1 (noise but little odor) to 5 (unbearable, clear the room).
I am not making this up.
No explanation was given for how the odor judge was chosen. Perhaps seniority had its rewards or maybe there was hazardous pay. It is also possible that rock-paper-scissors was employed.
What they found is
- The higher the level of hydrogen sulfide, the stinkier the farts.
- Farting patterns varied within and between dogs.
- Dogs fed certain treats containing charcoal, Yucca Schidigera and zinc acetate continued to fart, but made less stinky (lower levels of hydrogen sulfide) farts.
- There could be some future health benefits to this study, but they may have just made that up.
Other possibilities are to change food to one that is more digestible, feed smaller amounts more frequently, feed in a quiet, isolated place so that the dog eats slowly, and encourage an active lifestyle.
This post has been a public service announcement since no Poodle has ever been known to produce stinky farts.