Another telltale sign of SIBO is increased flatulence. While the large intestine is home to many bacteria, normally the small intestine contains much smaller populations. An overabundance of bacteria in the small intestine and the resultant poor digestion causes the flatulence. Large-breed dogs, especially German shepherds, are overrepresented in idiopathic SIBO, or idiopathic antibiotic-responsive diarrhea (ARD).
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