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Old 01-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Room Mates' Boxer is Killing Me Slowly...

And silently with a barrage of earth shattering gas. I know boxers have bad gas, but I am 99% sure this has to do with the girl's diet. It eats something that is called Taste of The Wild I believe, and ever since this food was introduced, I feel like things have gotten worse...however, this is a newish living situation, and I am now worried that the farts are simply saturating into the furniture in the room, and they were there all along. Farts are funny...when they are fleeting. This is a permanent problem

I say this because the backs of my shirts smell like feces after sitting in the living room for over an hour. Also if I leave the house for more than a few hours, without fail I am hit with a wave of gag inducing air every time I return home. When friends with a sense of smell come over, it is embarrassing, and I feel like we as a household are unwittingly pretty much giving the finger to all of our guests. Now, my final worry is, I do not think either of my room mates (couple) has a very strong sense of smell, so it is really hard to describe what is happening. I love the dogs, but this is interfering with my ability to do so...it is just so so so so so so bad

They also have another dog in the house who is probably a pit/boxer mix (1 year, while the other is 4), and about a week ago he ripped his way out of his cage, so he could get out and poop on the floor. Owners used logic of, "this isn't so bad, because he wasn't in his cage so he didn't know better." Being the one who picked up the poo, I was thinking more he was in his cage needing to poop and simply couldn't hold it in and started freaking out. Basically not his fault at all as far as my forensics can tell...ripping through a metal cage seems like a last resort no matter what the training level of the animal is

What should I do? I brought it up yesterday and it was pretty awkward

Oh, and the reason they are feeding the Taste of The Wild stuff is to make the little one gain weight...he looks totally healthy to me and the boxer is fat. Is this logical? We always tried to keep our dogs slim and fit without bellies, but we never had bully breeds
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The food is not agreeing with the dog. They can try to add in a tablespoon of plain yogurt to see if it helps with the gas. If not they will need to make a food change.

You are correct. It is much healthier to keep your dogs light and lean.

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I agree. They might need to switch up the food. Boxers are prone to sensitive tummies and there are some that don't really tolerate any kibble. They can also try a probiotic to see if it helps.

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Before switching to RAW I tried Taste of the wild and both my boxer and golden suffered really BAD gas.
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Alright further research into this food and it appears to be water fowl or something, although I'm pretty sure it's just chicken hot dog type stuff. Also noticed when googling it the first thing that popped up has to do with recalls last march and articles about problems persisting after the recall

Def the food, maybe I'm saving their lives, or at least extending them by bringing this up finally
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Taste of the wild is actually a pretty quality food. Many here fed it and only switched due to the recalls. I do not believe there are any active recalls on totw at this time. I think ot got 4 and 5 stars out of 5 on dogfoodanalysis.com. The 'chicken and hot dog parts' you want to stay away from are listed as by-products.

My dog is on taste of the wild High prairie and is doing wonderful. Our state was not affected by the recall.

You can try a different protein base. Some dogs do ok with fish. Higg prairie is venison and bison based. L I suggest staying away from foods that contain grain as it usually contributes to bad gas.
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Yogurt an keep the food dish elevated about 8 inches will help
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Yogurt an keep the food dish elevated about 8 inches will help
I thought elevated food dishes were supposed to cause bloat problems?
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My boxer, Dempsey does well on TOTW Pacific Stream, but the varieties with higher protein and fat, cause him to have terrible gas, too. If the dogs are being overfed, it can cause problems, as well.
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I thought elevated food dishes were supposed to cause bloat problems?
Someone pointed this out to me as well on this site once but I've always fed from raised bowls, still do and haven't had one issue with bloat yet.
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