Does your dog have embarrassing gas? Do you think there is nothing you can do about it? Think again. We recently rescued a little Jack Russell mix that had not been cared for properly. Never having a small dog before, we tend to prefer larger breeds, we were behind on the learning curve. The dog was fed a terrible diet by her previous owners so we tried to correct that immediately. We do not feed our pets people food because we know how detrimental it can be to their digestive systems. That being said, we started her on Science Diet right away.
In the evening, when we were relaxing on the couch, the dog would have this terrible gas. We would literally leave the room it was so bad. We thought that it was normal for a little dog, boy were we wrong. Now I am by no means an animal expert, I can only speak from my personal experience. In the past we had always had good luck with Science Diet. I went to the locat feed mart and explained my problem to the staff. They turned me onto Professional brand dog food in the Rice&Chicken formula. The problem was solved almost overnight.
Many of the well known brands of dog food available at our favorite pet supply stores use corn as their main ingredient. Just look at the back of the bag, it is the first ingredient listed. Even the foods that boast chicken&barley or lamb&rice have a minimal amount of either those ingredients and again corn is listed in the top three ingredients. Ingredients are listed just like our food, by quantity.
Now I don't have to tell you how hard corn is on the digestion. It is pretty obvious not long after you eat it. So if you, as a person, cannot break it down, it makes sense that a dog would have trouble too. That doesn't mean all dogs will, just some. The great thing about Professional brand is that they subscribe to more stringent guidelines than some of our other well known brands.
I buy a 6lb bag for 6.99 at my local feed mart. Many towns have a tractor supply or feed mart, you just have to call and check for availability. There are also several other comparable brands that are more expensive. We never tried anything else because this worked so wonderfully. If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, you can make them treats using their dog food. Just grind up some dog food add an egg to form a dough, roll and cut out like cookies. Bake for 10-12min at 350 degrees, and you have a healthy low-fat treat for Fido.
One other thing to keep in mind, Science Diet donates a ton of equipment and money to vetrinary hospitals around the country. I do believe this may bias some vets, and it is not appropriate for all dogs.