Why Do Dogs Burp – Is It Normal

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Many people may be concerned about their dogs burping because it does not seem like a common occurrence. This may leave people stuck thinking of the question, “Why do dogs burp?” or “Why is my dog burping?”

The most common reason why dogs burp is due to swallowing too much air whilst eating.  However, it is important to know how much burping is too much, as well as when to speak to a veterinarian.

Just like humans, dogs burp to release excess gas caused by various reasons. If your dog is not burping very often, you most likely have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if your dog seems to be burping commonly and it is a concern, keep reading to find out what may be causing your dog to be releasing so much extra gas.

Do Dogs Burp

The first question to ask is, do dogs burp. This may seem like an obvious one as we often relate our own characteristics with that of our pets. The answer is simply yes, dogs do burp and it is quite natural for them to do so. On many occasions, they will burp for the same reasons humans do. Thinking about your own burping habits, you will find that humans burp mainly after eating and especially when we eat too fast.

How Much Burping Is Too Much for Dogs

Whether or not your dog is burping too much is determinable by your own knowledge of your dog. There are many different breeds of dogs that are also raised in various conditions. These conditions can be a major factor in how dogs behave or react in certain situations. Therefore the time you spend with your dog is really important.

No one knows your dog better than you. The best way to see if your dog is burping excessively is to view your dog’s past behavior and see if that is how your dog has always reacted. To monitor this properly, it is important to spend plenty of time with your dog to see if it is in any pain or burping much more than usual.

Nonetheless, if your dog has been burping excessively for a long duration of time, you may still want to take a trip to your local veterinarian to assure that there are not any health issues developing. However, there is no need for panic! Not all burps are signs that there may be a health issue. Keep reading to find out what the reasons for your dog’s burps may be.

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Reasons Why My Dog Is Burping

As previously mentioned, not all burps are signs of a developing medical condition. Just like humans, dogs burp to release excess gas or air that is stored in our stomach systems. The following are some of the most common reasons for burps in dogs:

Swallowing Too Much Air

This is probably the most harmless and common form of burp that dogs release. The reason that this occurs is that sometimes dogs may swallow too much air when exercising or when they are excited. The scientific word for this is Aerophagia. It is also possible that your dog is eating their food too quickly and excess air is getting trapped as they eat. Try changing to a slow-eating bowl, these can help restrict your dog’s ability to inhale their food, making them work to eat it.  

Changes To Your Dogs Diet

Sometimes the reason for excessive burping may be caused by the simplest of reasons. When changing your dog’s diet, it is best to take things slow so your dog can adapt to the changes more smoothly. Another reason your dog’s diet may cause burps occurs when they get into something they shouldn’t like garbage.

To properly manage the diet of your dog, it is important to review the ingredients of food before it is given to your dog. It is also very important to make sure that your dog is not digging through any neighborhood trash and eating any unhealthy “snacks” it might find.

Check out what dogs eat in the wild with this article – “What Do Dogs Eat In The Wild”

Acid Reflux

Just like their owners, dogs may experience cases of acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when acidic gastric fluid flows through the throat, which may cause heartburn or, in most cases, for dogs, burps.

Acid Reflux may just be an occasional condition that does not cause any serious risks, or it may be a chronic disorder that might need treatment from a veterinarian.

Gastrointestinal Disease

Gastrointestinal disease, also known as Gastroenteritis, is the inflammation of a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. It can be caused by infection from bacteria, viruses, parasites, certain medications, and in rare cases, from dietary changes. This condition can cause your dog more than just burps; it also causes serious abdominal pain and vomiting. Check out this article from VCA for more information on this.

If you suspect that your dog may have Gastroenteritis, you may want to seek medical attention at your local veterinarian to assure that your dog is safe and can get treated immediately.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus is a less serious condition in some cases. It is simply when air is trapped in the stomach. In some cases, it can be relieved by allowing a dog to get rest and burp. However, in other cases, it may cause life-threatening issues and abdominal pain. If you notice that your dog is experiencing any pain, it is important to get your dog medical treatment. Take a look at this article from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for more information

This condition is usually seen in dogs who are old of age, fed one large meal a day (instead of spreading out meals), and are related to other dogs who have also previously had the condition.

How to Prevent Conditions Related to Dog Burps

Most of the previously mentioned conditions can be prevented by dietary management. The best ways to form a diet for your dog are by doing the following:

Building A Stable Diet

One of the best ways to prevent your dog from having burp-related conditions is by forming a stable diet. A stable diet means giving your dog the same food consistently, so its body does not have to adapt to new foods constantly.

It is not healthy for your dog to have vastly different foods all the time, although that does not mean that your dog cannot enjoy the occasional treat or snack.

Avoiding Unhealthy Foods

Another great way to prevent your dog from having burp-related conditions is to avoid giving it potentially unhealthy foods and treats. Some unhealthy ingredients to look for are sunflower oil and animal fat. Dogs that consume those two oils tend to be more at risk for Gastric Dilatation Volvulus disease.

Please note that you should also avoid giving your dog most table foods such as chips, chocolate, and some other common household snacks.

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What Should You Do If Your Dog Is Excessively Burping

If you notice that your dog is burping more than it normally should or normally does, then it is best to immediately contact a veterinarian. From there, they should conduct some diagnostic tests and give you the information you need to know, and find out what is going on in your dog’s internal system.

If the results from a test come back and show a health condition that may be harmful, your veterinarian should provide you treatment for that condition. Treatments may be as simple as a diet change or as complex as prescription medications.

In the case of a serious condition, it is important to listen to your dog’s veterinarian and precisely follow the instructions they provide to ensure your dog recovers to its peak health. That means properly giving your dog any medications or avoiding foods that your dog’s veterinarian may tell you are unhealthy.


If you are seriously concerned about your dog’s burping habits, it is important to monitor the number of burps that your dog is regularly releasing. If the amount that it burps is concerning and exceeding the amount that you believe that it should be burping, it is important to seek medical attention for your dog.

Not all cases of flatulence are serious conditions. Some reasons it may be burping may simply be because of the food it is eating and the induction of too much air.

Dean Lissaman

As a child I grew up around dogs and have loved them ever since. I now have a beloved Golden Retriever who enjoys exploring the outside world. Being an outdoor enthusiast has inspired me to create the ultimate resource on relating both dogs and the outdoors. For more information on me check out my about page.

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