What’s the real reason a change in diet can have a smelly effect?
You’ve changed your dog’s food and now he’s farting and his poos are smelly!?
“Screw this! I’m going back to the old food!” I hear people say.
But wait a minute, the real reason might be the OLD DIET, not the new diet!
“But how!? He was ‘FINE’ on the old diet…!?”
Let me fill you in…
If a dog is fed the same food day in day out for a long period they can become intolerant of other foods. Also, if you feed a dog the same food every day, let’s say “corn”, they may become intolerant of that too. Is your Staffy scratching? That could be the reason.
These aren’t good things.
Historically, pet food manufacturers have convinced us as consumers to feed their food consistently for the lifespan of your dog. Of course they have, they want your repeat business! They want your loyalty! They want your money!!
I feed my dog (and cat) a variety. What better way to offer a balanced diet? Dry foods, wet foods, fresh meats, leftovers from dinner… it works great! They’re healthy, with the inherent bonus I can take advantage of any decent food being on offer at my local pet store! It saves me $$$! 🙂
So when people ask what’s wrong with a new food, the first thing I consider is their previous diet.
Worth considering? Do you feed the same food to your dog every day? If so, ask yourself why you do.
I must add one disclaimer though – if a change in diet does cause ongoing diarrhea and/or vomiting, then monitor it carefully. It’s still possible your dog (or cat) can suffer ill effects from a new food, especially if the new food contains something they may be allergic to or intolerant of.