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Dog Burps: My Dog Sounds like a Human Baby Burping after she Eats!

What causes a canine "after-dinner" burp?

She loves her food and eats it very quickly!

She loves her food and eats it very quickly!

BURP!



Yes…you read that correctly. My dog burps after eating each of her twice-daily meals. She's an adult female miniature Schnauzer fed a healthy, home-cooked diet that contains none of the many foods to which she is allergic. It’s also low-fat to prevent a recurrence of pancreatitis, to which this breed is prone. She loves the taste of her food and thrives on it. In addition, I mix a powdered probiotic with her food to aid her digestion and give her a daily vitamin-and-mineral supplement for dogs to ensure she gets all the nutrients she needs.

I don't feed her commercial dog food

Her food is home-prepared and moist, unlike dry commercial kibble.

Her food is home-prepared and moist, unlike dry commercial kibble.

The cause of my dog's after-dinner burp...I think

Moist dog food, unlike dry kibble, gets stuck in her whiskers. A flowing beard and awning-like eyebrows are the physical features that make the Schnauzer breed instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, since I began feeding her moist cooked food, it’s necessary to keep her beard trimmed. She now sports more of a moustache-and-goatee combo, not such a “girly” look, but more practical. With this modified beard, her face tends to look more like a terrier’s than a Schnauzer’s, except for the distinctive eyebrows.

It’s now much easier to keep her facial hair clean and un-matted. I wash her mouth and shortened whiskers thoroughly with baby wipes immediately after every meal, ensuring that I remove all small bits and traces of soft food.

The funny thing is, when I begin this whisker-cleaning process, she invariably opens her mouth and burps loudly. BURP! Sometimes she does it once, other times twice—in quick succession. It sounds exactly like a human baby’s burp.

I’m guessing here, but I think the cause of my dog’s burps is the same as the baby’s. She eats very fast like a hungry baby gulps down milk or formula, and, because the food is cooked and there are no large hard pieces, she doesn’t chew a lot. She even licks the bottom and sides of her food bowl to get every last bit. Gulping down her meal causes her to swallow air. Air in her tummy causes the burp. Right?

I considered purchasing one of those “obstacle” feeding bowls for pets that eat too fast, but decided it wouldn’t work because she uses her tongue to push the soft food into her mouth. Believe me…she could quickly work around any obstacle! Anyway, as long as she burps after she eats and gets rid of the swallowed air—no harm done. ..I hope.

Crunchy treats give her something to chew

Her treats are healthy and crunchy.

Her treats are healthy and crunchy.

Does your dog burp?

By the way, in case you’re worried my dog doesn’t get the opportunity to chew, she does. I searched online to find premium crunchy treats that do not contain allergens (she can't eat wheat, beef, or corn) and are low in fat. I make her “work” for them and give them as rewards when she obeys an instruction or is very well-behaved. She also has chew toys that she uses to give her teeth regular workouts, now restricted to safe rope chews since Donna provided a link about the dangers of Nylabone Plaque Attack chew. (See in comments.) As with any toy, if it begins to come apart, I throw it away so she can't swallow any pieces. I brush her teeth daily to prevent the formation of plaque and freshen her breath. (Cooked ground grass-fed bison or skinless organic chicken breasts are the best proteins for her, but neither would leave her breath un-stinky without routine dental care!)

I can’t help but laugh every time my dog burps. It sounds so funny! I wonder: do other dogs burp after eating?

Sounds like a human baby burping!

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Comments

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 06, 2015:

Thanks, Audrey…. I consider burps the sign of a happy, well-fed dog, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Jaye

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Michelle – Your description of your Maltipoo’s burp sounding like a newborn is right on the mark. My dog’s burp always reminds me of the sound a human baby makes right after feeding. Isn’t it cute? (Well, maybe only a dog lover would call it “cute”, but we’re like proud parents.)

Regards, and Happy New Year…..Jaye

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Marcy – I’m accustomed to the sound of my dog burping, but as it occurs before digestion, there’s no odor associated with it. I’m glad she doesn’t emit those “other” noises, the type accompanied by smells that can clear a room! Perhaps the probiotics and enzymes I put in her food prevent gas buildup.

Happy New Year! Jaye

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Elsie – I’m glad this article made you smile. Dog burps have that effect! Happy New Year to you, as well.

Regards, Jaye

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Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 05, 2015:

It made me smile after reading your article as well as the comments.

Actually I haven't heard a dog burp, we had farm dogs and I never heard them but maybe they burped later after I had left them, as they were not allowed inside.

Thanks for the smiles, hope you have a wonderful 2015.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on January 05, 2015:

LOL! I've heard doggies burp, too, and sometimes make other noises!

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on January 05, 2015:

Well Jaye I have a Maltipoo and she burps too. I feed her regular (non-fancy) dry dog food and she burps after eating or drinking anything. We think it is quite funny but she normally jumps on your lap before she lets it out and it sounds like a newborn. I am glad to find that I am with like company :)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 05, 2015:

Mine burbs as well! Great hub!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 05, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the video, Shyron. I smiled while watching it. It's wonderful that Bella has such caring pet parents.

I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and wish for you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. (Of course, you're already rich in friends--the best kind of wealth.)

Blessings to you, also.....Jaye

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 05, 2015:

Jaye, I just saw the story of the dog that sits at his own table to eat and automatically thought of you and you "Baby".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUcCZTnImCI this is funny but serious.

Blessings to you and Baby. Happy New Year.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 05, 2015:

Thanks, Kelly T. I'm glad my account of the way my fur-girl burps relieved your mind about Sissy. Apparently, dog burps are common and probably more so when the dog in question eats quickly and swallows a lot of air.

Regards to you and Sissy,

Jaye

Kelly T. on January 04, 2015:

I love your story! Other than it being cute and funny my dog (Sissy) also does this in fact i just googled this because she let out a burp that surpassed most humans a few minutes ago so after rotflmao i had to see if this is normal for my first born daughter. I do thank you for your story and also for loving your little girl so much.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 07, 2014:

Thanks, Grand Old Lady - It is cute, and I still laugh when she does it! Regards, Jaye

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 06, 2014:

I think it's cute that your dog burps.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 06, 2014:

That is so odd...but funny, too!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 06, 2014:

I meant to say earlier two of my Hubs are showing as related posts to this one. No, Baby has never been around cats, so this new behavior is so strange to me. There is a a small pile of leaves in her little pen, and she will take her nose and work diligently to cover her poop with those leaves!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 06, 2014:

Shyron - Yes, it is funny to hear her burp, and she does it after nearly every meal--probably because she eats so fast. She also snores. Thanks for the vote and sharing. Jaye

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Mary - That is so funny about Baby's new 'covering' habit. Is she around cats a lot to learn that action from them? You know, you can buy step-in litter boxes for dogs, which is great during stormy weather. If she's going to cover her poop, she might be willing to do it in a litter box!

Thanks for the vote and sharing. I think you have a couple of other hubs about Baby that I want to link to mine about Puppy Girl. I need to spend some time on HP going over my existing hubs and adding some more. All I need is TIME! : ) Jaye

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 06, 2014:

I am delighted to see two of my Hubs about my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby on your post. I'm always happy to read about Puppy Girl, I don't know how I missed this one!

Baby burps, too, sometimes, and it is funny. I have to tell you of a new habit Baby has: after she poops in her little pen, she will try to cover it! This is a new habit she just started!

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 06, 2014:

Jaye, that is so cute, I like where you said "She even licks the bottom and sides of her food bowl to get every last bit." That is like 'good to the last drop'.

I had not heard of a dog that burped, but the editor of the PipeLine when I worked there her Schnauzers liked to sleep by my feet and he would snore.

Very interesting, voted that way and shared.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on November 08, 2012:

Hi, Donna....Thanks for reading my "burp" story and sharing your own schnauzer experiences. I especially thank you for the link, and I'll read the article right away. I stopped using Greenies years ago because I learned of their danger, but didn't realize Nylabones posed a hazard. I appreciate your enlightening me (and my readers) of this danger.

Jaye

Donna Kay Bryan on November 08, 2012:

Jaye, I loved reading about your burping dog. I have had several Schnauzers and absolutely love them. All of mine have had their own unique issues. My mother's last one was a mini, but was more the size of a toy. I think because of that she had "small man syndrome." It was pretty funny.

You mentioned Nylabones. My vet told me several years ago that Nylabones are absolutely off limits because pieces get stuck in the digestive tract, and it doesn't show up on an x-ray. A lot of dogs have died from this. One article I've read said, "Some vets say they're made of an indigestible material, and plaque attacker has a knobby surface that can lodge in the digestive tract." and also:

"This is a gas pocket in the stomach outlined here," Rambo's vet said,

pointing to an X-ray. The article can be found at this address if you are interested: http://www.purelypets.com/healthalert/nylabonewarn...

As for the raised bowls, Gabby has an adjustable bowl which I raised about four months ago. I haven't noticed any issues because of it.

Thanks for a delightful article!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 08, 2012:

Hi, Nell Rose....Hearing my schnauzer girl burp makes me smile too--every day! It stays funny. Jaye

Nell Rose from England on August 08, 2012:

This made me smile as it brought back memories of my alsation cross Sheba, she used to burp like a veteran! haha! just like us I suppose, nell

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on June 27, 2012:

Hi, SomerBreze...Thanks for sharing about your Pom. He's such a little fellow at four pounds, perhaps that's why he burps...not enough room inside his shortened digestive tract for any air produced by his food. Your little guy is only 1/5 the size of my Puppy Girl. I've noticed that other toy size dogs eat more daintily than medium sized or larger breeds.