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I have a 7 1/2 year old lab/springer mix, he is very healthy and just had a vet visit which came out very well, however, we have been dealing with VERY BAD smelling gas for several months.

Now, I am not as much worried about the discomfort of the smelly gas as I am about the fact that he may not feel well or have an upset stomach which is causing the gas.

I have switched his food a few times trying to resolve this issue, also switching from chicken to buffalo to pork and rice, to the current duck and potato-Natural Balance.
The Vet suggested Hill's SD I/D or Iams premium protection but I would rather not feed him those unless I HAVE to....would rather stick to something more wholesome/healthy rather than food with corn and fillers.

Has anyone had this problem? Any serious suggestions are welcome PLEASE!!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or advice!
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I had this issue with Tesla - it got so bad my father suggested shipping her off to the DND for chemical warfare. She has serious allergies and intolerances to commercially prepared dog food which I am thinking is what caused it. Does your dog scratch a lot or chew their feet?

The problem went away when I switched her over to a home-prepared raw diet. If you aren't willing to go through that hassle, you can try adding a spoonful or two of pro-biotic yogurt to your pup's food. If the duck and potato doesn't clear up the gas after 4 to 6 weeks, try some other grain-free dog food.
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How long has she been on the duck and potato?

Can you think of an initiating cause that started this several months ago? Did you change anything?

If the duck and potato doesn't work, I'd switch to something that is more bland... or try a different protein. I don't care about the grain in food issue, and my dog did really well Nature's Recipe Venison and Vegetarian. Cleared up her food allergies (which is likely what your pup has) within like 2 weeks.
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I had this issue with Tesla - it got so bad my father suggested shipping her off to the DND for chemical warfare. She has serious allergies and intolerances to commercially prepared dog food which I am thinking is what caused it. Does your dog scratch a lot or chew their feet?

The problem went away when I switched her over to a home-prepared raw diet. If you aren't willing to go through that hassle, you can try adding a spoonful or two of pro-biotic yogurt to your pup's food. If the duck and potato doesn't clear up the gas after 4 to 6 weeks, try some other grain-free dog food.
He doesn't chew or scratch....he does lick a lot. He has never really had any issues with gas until I tried switching to a healthier foods.


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How long has she been on the duck and potato?

Can you think of an initiating cause that started this several months ago? Did you change anything?

If the duck and potato doesn't work, I'd switch to something that is more bland... or try a different protein. I don't care about the grain in food issue, and my dog did really well Nature's Recipe Venison and Vegetarian. Cleared up her food allergies (which is likely what your pup has) within like 2 weeks.
He has only been on the duck and potato for about a week so I will give it a couple more weeks for sure.

The only thing I can think of that could have started it was when I switched him from Nutro over to Fromm. He has always seemed to have a little gas but that was when it got really bad.

Thanks for the responses!
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I'd stick with the duck and potato for at least 4-8 weeks and if that doesn't work, I'd personally switch back to Nutro. All dogs react to different brands of food differently and sometimes the "healthier" ones aren't the "best" ones for the individual dog... especially if they're richer foods.
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I have a 7 1/2 year old lab/springer mix, he is very healthy and just had a vet visit which came out very well, however, we have been dealing with VERY BAD smelling gas for several months.

Now, I am not as much worried about the discomfort of the smelly gas as I am about the fact that he may not feel well or have an upset stomach which is causing the gas.

I have switched his food a few times trying to resolve this issue, also switching from chicken to buffalo to pork and rice, to the current duck and potato-Natural Balance.
The Vet suggested Hill's SD I/D or Iams premium protection but I would rather not feed him those unless I HAVE to....would rather stick to something more wholesome/healthy rather than food with corn and fillers.

Has anyone had this problem? Any serious suggestions are welcome PLEASE!!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or advice!
How long have you had him on duck and potato?
I had that problem with chicken. If my hound gets any chicken or chicken fat he can clear a room. I would not change to either of the vet suggestions. I would find a meat that he has not had. You have to be careful because a common fat in most food is chicken also chicken meal The only one I have been able to find is Blue Buffalo Turkey and potato. They use canola oil.
Corn and oats also affect my hound creating gas clouds. I would start with the blue basic and give for 4 weeks and see if there is a change.You have to give it enough time. It does not sound like you have tried turkey meat before.
If if does not work I would go to a grain free food and see if its the grains that are causing the gas.
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How long have you had him on duck and potato?
I had that problem with chicken. If my hound gets any chicken or chicken fat he can clear a room. I would not change to either of the vet suggestions. I would find a meat that he has not had. You have to be careful because a common fat in most food is chicken also chicken meal The only one I have been able to find is Blue Buffalo Turkey and potato. They use canola oil.
Corn and oats also affect my hound creating gas clouds. I would start with the blue basic and give for 4 weeks and see if there is a change.You have to give it enough time. It does not sound like you have tried turkey meat before.
If if does not work I would go to a grain free food and see if its the grains that are causing the gas.

He has been on the duck and potato for a little over a week and the last couple of days there has been little to no gas!!
The local family owned pet food supply store that I go to has really nice, great people that have been trying to help me and we came to the conclusion that it may be chicken as well and that is why we tried the different things that we have.
The NB duck and potato is grain free and I really hope it continues to work for him because so far it's working! Yay!!!

Thanks for the input!!!
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He has been on the duck and potato for a little over a week and the last couple of days there has been little to no gas!!
The local family owned pet food supply store that I go to has really nice, great people that have been trying to help me and we came to the conclusion that it may be chicken as well and that is why we tried the different things that we have.
The NB duck and potato is grain free and I really hope it continues to work for him because so far it's working! Yay!!!

Thanks for the input!!!
sounds like you have the right food I think that food also uses canola oil instead of chicken fat. There is nothing worse than a dog with bad gas, not only for us but also the dogs seem to be so incomfortable. I home cooked until the turkey and potato came out about a year ago, so now I only cook for dinner meals and he can eat the Basic turkey for breakfast. Saves me alot of time. Since you are only using duck beware of treats also there is a great brand of treats by a company called Canyon Creek they are called duck tenders its the only company that just uses duck without anything else.
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sounds like you have the right food I think that food also uses canola oil instead of chicken fat. There is nothing worse than a dog with bad gas, not only for us but also the dogs seem to be so incomfortable. I home cooked until the turkey and potato came out about a year ago, so now I only cook for dinner meals and he can eat the Basic turkey for breakfast. Saves me alot of time. Since you are only using duck beware of treats also there is a great brand of treats by a company called Canyon Creek they are called duck tenders its the only company that just uses duck without anything else.

Yes, it seems we may have the right combo for him now. As of now I give him natural treats from a company called Three Dogs Bakery...they smell wonderful, no meat only fruit and veggies and he LOVES them! It may be a local company but so far he isn't having any reactions to those-he usually gets about 2 biscuits a day.

The smell was horrendous but I felt so bad for him too because he actually looked miserable - to the point that he would even hesitate to eat because I assume he related the food to him feeling bad...it was sad but I am happy it is getting better!!!
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