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I have noticed the past two days that Raven has HORRIBLE gas. We've only had her for a week and a half. She has loud farts that I can hear and I'm constantly spritzing the air with lysol to cover up the horrendous smell. It's possible that she has had the problem since we got her because up until yesterday she was able to spend a lot of time outside, but yesterday it started getting rainy and cold so she's cooped up in the house. Do you guys have any ideas? :confused:
 

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If she's been like this all along, it could be the food. Or even the treats she's getting. I'm assuming she's a puppy. If she was an adult I'd suggest giving her some activated charcoal tablets. Not quite sure what to do for a pup, tho, sorry.
 

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No, she's an adult; two years. I feed the Xclusive brand from PMI Nutrition. Here is an ingredient list:
Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, chicken
fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (a form of vitamin E), corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp,
dried egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, cholline chloride
glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper
proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate,
manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A
supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine
hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement,
folic acid.
I also give milkbones as treats and that's it.
 

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Oh, I almost forgot, I started giving her chew hooves with a bit of peanut butter smeared inside today to keep her busy. She still loves to chew and will chew up things she's not supposed to chew if she doesn't have something yummy....so with her cooped up in the house I got her these to keep her busy. The gas started before today though; so I doubt these things are the problem.
 

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try a kong with peanut butter rather than the hooves. I assume you mean they are pig hooves?? Pork gives our lab terrible gas too.
 

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They are cow hooves. But, the gas started before I started giving those. Also, her stools are really soft more often than not. She pooped in the house TWICE this evening, which she never does. I don't know if she's having a hard time holding it because it's soft or if she just doesn't want to go outside in this weather.
 

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are the hooves smoked? Any treat like that gets Millys bottom trumpeting!!

I would suggest you cut out all treats and see if that helps. if not it may be time for a food switch? What food are you feeding her?
 

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Maybe try a food not so heavy on the carbs (grains).
 

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HK had bad gas until she was about 9 months old when we cut out all corn and wheat products, including treats. Gas was not the target, but the gas disappeared coincident with the change.
 

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Wow. How frustrating. I live in a small town and rarely travel out of town. I think the food I'm feeding is the best food that you can buy here. You can also get Science Diet at the vet, but I've heard of pet owners who don't think it's that great. What do you guys think about it?
 

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I wouldn't feed a dog Science Diet. It will be extremely overpriced if buying from the vet. There are some mail order places to get food from. Maybe someone can chip in on the best one to order from.
 

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I thought you'd say that about Science Diet. When I mentioned her problems to the vet, he also asked about the food we feed, but didn't see a problem with the food we use. She passed some worms, so we gave her a booster dose of wormer and we're waiting to see how things shape up. It seems the gas is a bit better and her stools are firming up. I've also noticed that she will vomit in her mouth if she gets too active right after a meal.
 

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Have you changed foods? We changed Alfies food on Wednesday and he did nothing but fluff for 2 days its settled now though
 

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No, she's been the on same food since we got her a few weeks ago. I think I'll mention it to the vet. Our little chihuahua mix has a fluid pocket on his side where he had his rabies vaccination last week, so I guess I'll need to bring him in.
 

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I know you said your dog had gas before but just a warning: those hooves with pnut butter were recalled due to salmonella. Not sure I'd be feeding those right now.

Hannah had wicked gas the first time I gave her a mix of cauliflower/broccoli where I was following her around with NutraAir & spraying all around her. TG it didn't last.

SD doesn't really have great ingredients......I agree that vets are not nutritionists & they do make a profit from the food they sell. I have a terrific article somewhere about whether vets should be recommending pet food & if I can find it, will post.

I think I'd try to cut out treats first & if that doesn't help, the only thing left to change is the food. (I wonder if the dewormer may have caused this.)

A little pumpkin in the food is great for loose stools.

Found the link: great article (as usual) from Susan Thixton:

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/ar...terinarians-to-Recommend-Pet-Foods/Page1.html
 

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http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

this website is a great analysis of different dog foods. From memory, Science Diet is rated 1 or 2 stars for most of their products. The best rating is 6 stars and brands like Wellness Core, Innova EVO and Orijen are in this category.

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I may check out the prices on food that I could possibly mail order. If I buy the biggest bag of the brand I get now, it's $35 for 35 pounds.

I don't give the hooves WITH peanut butter. I buy plain hooves and smear a bit of safe PB inside. Besides, the gas started before I started feeding those.

Good news, her stools have shaped up quite a bit. She still gags and vomits a bit into her mouth if she plays too soon after eating. Is this normal?
 
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