07/07/2009 at 03:08 PM EDT
Recently, Kellie Pickler's little Chihuahua Moo Moo was a big stinker. "Gonna have to sleep with a gas mask tonight cause Moo Moo is farting up a storm!!" the country singer wrote July 6 on Twitter
. "Weird how something so small can produce something so fowl."
We all know that Fido or Fluffy's farts can be just as bad and linger longer than the human variety. They may even be more embarrassing when they happen unexpectedly in front of others (and gas masks are not readily available!). So, how to handle this, um, silent but deadly dilemma?
Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital
in New York, says that pet flatulence could be a sign of a medical issue, so it may be time to visit your vet. "It means that they're having trouble digesting something," she says.
To find out what that culprit is, first cut out treats, snacks and any people food. If nothing changes, it may be time to zero in on your pet's food. "Think about what's going inside a pet's mouth," she says. "It's not just a funny thing. It's something that might indicate a problem." Has your pet's gas embarrassed you in front of others? Tell us your story in the comments below! PEOPLE Pets Is on Twitter:
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