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05 April 2010 @ 04:21 pm
food recommendations  
We have two bostons.  Molly who is 2 years old and Petey who will be 1 year old on friday. 

The vet recommended we put them on Purina Pro Plan puppy food when Molly was a puppy because the puppy chow she originally recommended made her sick.  So she's been on this food since she was about 6 months old and this is the only food Petey has ever been on.

Over the last few weeks we have noticed that Molly is EXCEPTIONALLY gassy.  Like even for a boston.  She will run you out of a room.  Also, anytime you put your ear to her stomach she has what we refer to as "fireworks belly".  Her tummy is just grumbling something awful.  I haven't really noticed a big difference in her poop except it doesn't seem to be very firm like Petey's is if that makes sense.  We are starting to wonder if we need to change her food.  They don't get a whole lot of table scraps so I don't really think it's giving them an excess of human food, and we don't use treats.  So really her dog food has to be the cause of her upset tummy.  

She is a scarfer though.  We tried feeding her out of a bowl, but that doesn't work, she eats too fast and throws up.  We have to just throw the pebbles down on the kitchen floor and they go to town, this prevents them from eating too fast.  Her eating so fast could be part of the problem, but I wouldn't think it'd cause gas. 

Any recommendations on food?  Should we just try swapping them to the adult version of the food instead of the puppy see if that helps?  Is it ok to go ahead and put Petey on adult food?  Thanks in advance!  You guys are the best!
Melindamindy1024 on April 5th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have found 2 things that help with my BT's gas.
1) elevated food dish! Dogs with short snouts inhale a lot of air when eating and elevating the dish helps cut this down. The food dish should be at chest level so they don't have to dip their head down too much
2) "good" dog food - For us we give her Nutro Max - either the Little Bites or the Lamb and Rice (which is a sensitive stomach formula) A lot of other people use Solid Gold, or other types of dog food. Make sure the first ingredients are not corn.
Hope this helps!
Joannamiss_upsetter on April 5th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
I've heard that the elevated dog bowl helps, too. I've been planning on getting Bella one for a while....

I give Bella Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance. I do a combo of the dry and the food roll. I grate up a little of the food roll and she loves it. The food roll is also great for helping with administering medication in pill form!!!
Glorious kind and always on timeuberjackalope on April 5th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
You might already know this, but just in case--DON'T change your dog's food abruptly to something new! You should always make any dietary changes gradually over the course of 4-5 days. Start with mostly old food and a little new, and gradually increase the percentage of new until you're feeding all new food. If you switch overnight, be prepared for worse gas and digestive issues!

If your dogs are 1 and 2, I'd think they can certainly eat "adult formula" food. We feed our 2.5-year-old BT the Evo turkey/chicken small bites and mix it with Evo turkey/chicken canned food (95% meat). Our vet recommended it, and she has done well on it so far. I think she'll always be gassy, but good food does make a difference!
Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on April 5th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
First thing I would do is change from Pro Plan to something of a higher grade. I don't know what your budget is, but I can give you a list of food that are reputed to be good. There are trustworthy sites that recommend holistic food. I personally feed my dogs Orijen, which is about $52 for a 28lb bag. The food is manufactured in Canada instead of China (if you remember the whole dog food scare, the ingredients were from China). But basically you want to stay away from corn. Boston terriers are notorious for having issues with lower grade food.

Elevated dog bowls help with the gulping, and if your dog has problem scarfing up the food, you can also get those portion pacers, which is like a giant ball that sits in the bowl and the dog is forced to eat around the ball. There's also bowls that have the center raised in the middle that works in the same principle as the portion pacer.

I would also recommend changing to adult formulas. A lot of the times, puppy food has more calories because obviously, puppies need a lot more nutrients for their growing body and crazy puppy energy.

Hope this helps!
Sburkesburke on April 6th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
I don't have any suggestions, but my two dogs growing up were Molly and Petey!!
Beverlyforener on April 7th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
I feed my two year old Milo Science Diet and no gas! (But then we give him a bone with some meat or table scraps and *ugh*.)

Good luck!
Lucero Chavezparisprincess on April 11th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Blue mountain!
I started off with regular puppy chow for my boston but Blue Mountain has healthier ingredients, especially for puppies, but they also have an adult dog brand (runs about $16/bag). He poops pretty regularly and has regular gas cycles :)