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Old 09-16-2008, 06:20 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

Just a quick question to find out who thinks that Nature's Diet is good... or bad.

I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu puppy who has been on it for 4 months, & everything seems to be fine. However, he does get terrible smelly gas & sometimes even the odd dose of diarrhea.

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My dog has Naturediet and she is fine on it. It is a good quality food, and is on the ethical brands list as they don't test on animals. She used to be fed on Pedigree or Winalot, which gave her awful gas and diaorrhea, but when I switched she was much better. I only feed a small amount of Naturediet mixed with her kibble (Oscars) though.

However, it might be too rich for your dog, different foods do suit different tummies. How long has the diaorrhea gone on for? It might be worth getting a vet check before blaming the food.
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He has terrible gas all the time, but only has diahrrea on the odd occasion. Is it okay to mix Nature's Diet with some dried food? Perhaps this will give him better digestion? Can you suggest any good dried food I can mix it with? IAMS?

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MCM : go BARF, it will solve the gas and intermittent diarrhoea. Frequent gas is absolutely not good, and I don't know of anyone to whom I have recommended the BARF diet that hasn't been amazed by the change in their dog as a consequence.

Not only will the gas and diarrhoea cease, you will notice a huge change in the quality of the dog's coat, breath and teeth ... not to mention a fraction of the amount of waste coming out the other end.

Raw feeding is the best diet for virtually all dogs, regardless of size. It is as cheap, if not cheaper than good quality kibble, and you will save a fortune on vets bills. Any help you require, just ask, we have fed raw for years and have gained a lot of experience.

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No, I would not use Iams. It is very expensive and not as good quality as other brands, plus they test on animals in some very nasty experiments.

There are a number of good dry foods out there, I use Oscars and it agrees with my dogs very well, if you contact them then they will send someone to visit you with samples and discuss your dog's requirements and what best to sort out digestive problems.
Burns is also very good and you can give them a call and they'll send samples.

Just a thought, some of the flavours of Naturediet have upset my dog because I think they're too rich. They've just brought out a Salmon and Prawn flavour and my dog got a runny tummy after it, so I threw all that flavour out. She's fine with the other flavours. Try and keep note of which flavour you feed... it matters more with Naturediet because they don't use any other filler meats other than the ones stated.

If it persists, try giving him some scrambled eggs to bind the tummy when he has had diaorrhea, it helps calm it all down. I do this for 24 hours after a poorly tummy in my dogs, and it almost always has them back to normal. If it persists, get him vet checked for the usual, worms, parasites, infection etc.
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