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    Hi guys,

    I have come across an eye opening article about dogfood, especially dry dogfood, and the long term health problems these processed foods can cause. That got me thinking whether switching to raw might be the way to go. So far he is on Advance dry food mixed in with some cooked mince or chicken or both. Sometimes he'll get bones or chicken necks in between.

    Anyway a few days ago I thought I make a first step by not cooking the mince anymore to see how we go. Well, he absolutely loves it! He was always quite indifferent to his filled bowl and now gets really excited.

    If there weren't... the farts!!!! Unbe-f******-lievable. I just had to leave the sofa and retreat into my room because I couldn't stand it anymore. Unfortunately he followed me and I expect worse to come for this night when he tries to get under our duvet...

    Is this normal? Will that pass? Or is this an unfortunate byproduct of dogs eating raw meat? I think the latter one might be an explanation why so many people insist on outside dogs...

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    I switched Banjo to raw mince and phuds a while back, though she still eats some commercial dry food too. And I found she farts less now than before - she used to be pretty bad. Though I cannot quite remember if there was a transition period in which it got worse.

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    I actually have the opposite reaction since switching to Blackhawk dry. Hardly any farting at all and they smell like roses compared to Royal Canin farts that peeled paint from the walls.
    I remember a friend of mine who tried to go vegan ......she said her farting was unbelievable.......maybe just the stomach getting used to the new food. Could be the same thing with your dog. It'll be interesting if it's still the case after a week or so.
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    When Flirtt came home I started the process of switching her from mostly raw to completely raw. For a few days she had minor farting issues. Both dogs now eat exclusively raw and farts are few and far between. Their poop smells less, too.

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    your dog is not used to digesting raw meat, and hence is creating gas. Its the byproduct of a processed diet, the stomach becomes less acidic (happens in humans too) so get ready for a detox. Mix up the protein don't just stick to chicken, get some raw meat in there.

    I have my dogs and 9 ferrets on raw, no one stinks. But new dogs who start on it, holy jeezus ...

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    Well, I I think I'll finish off what I have prepared/frozen so far and then we'll assess the stink situation again

    I have mixed up: dog mince (from the supermarket) a couple of lamb hearts and a cow liver (dog very unimpressed) along with bits and pieces of chicken and some carrots and broccoli. That I mix up with a little of his Advance dried food. The plan is to slowly change the ratio dried : meat until we have teased out the dry food.

    He also loves yoghurt, buttermilk and tofu. So I give him a couple of spoons of either if we have any. And a meaty bone once or twice a week to chew on when I'm away.

    Have I forgotten anything?

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    The raw protein is not complete enough, even with a couple of veges. Get yourself a bag of Vets All Natural complete mix and put that through the mince. Also it could be the supermarket mince giving him the farties, I find if its not really fresh you get farts and burps from hell lol

    If you can find a good supplier stick to them. We have a pet store that minces its own, the owner used to be a human butcher and doesnt use preservatives either like most off the shelf products.

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