one of my cow-orkers was just on the phone with her son. (the shared phone for our unit is right behind my desk.) i overheard them talking about their dogs (son has a Boston and she has two Shih Tzus). apparently son's Boston is uber gassy, so she recommended that he feed him Iams, "because it's the best food you can get." i can't imagine that feeding the dog Iams is going to reduce his gassiness.
and, get this! the were discussing feeding amounts. her Shih Tzus eat more than half as much as my dogs! i don't know if that's because Iams is less calorically dense than the foods my dogs eat or what, but i'm boggled. boggled, i tell ya'.

so, anyway, i've bitten my tongue nearly in half.

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and, get this! the were discussing feeding amounts. her Shih Tzus eat more than half as much as my dogs! ... Iams is less calorically dense than the foods my dogs eat or what, but i'm boggled. boggled, i tell ya'.

I feed Euk Premium Performance, made by Iams, and I have no gas at all and my dogs hardly eat anything. My bet is, the Shih Tzus are fat..
I feed Euk Premium Performance, made by Iams,

yeah, but they aren't equivalent foods. Eukanuba Premium Performance is significantly higher in calories, fat, and protein than Iams.
and I have no gas at all and my dogs hardly eat anything.

i don't think Iams will cause the dog to be gassy. i just don't think it's gonna fix the problem. and the claim that it's "the best food available" leaves me gobsmacked.
My bet is, the Shih Tzus are fat..

out of shape, at any rate. they only go outside to use the facilities, so they don't get any meaningful exercise. judging from the pictures on her desk (they're tarted up in their winter sweaters, which are snug around the waist), they aren't visibly chubby. i'm betting they're plenty flabby, though.

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so, anyway, i've bitten my tongue nearly in half.

Oh gosh, I'd jump right on top of that. I found out I can get away with a lot of buttinskyism if I preface my comments with, "I'm a dog trainer, and I just overheard you..."
At least, I'd have said something about Iams and gassiness. Overfeeding is a lot trickier to bring up tactfully.
However, assuming that the Boston had been on something like Alpo, switching to Iams just may cure the problem. :}
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Bostons are notoriously gassy. No matter what they eat. Perry
Bostons are notoriously gassy. No matter what they eat.

yes. it's not uncommon in most of the bully breeds. diet may go a long way toward solving the problem, but it's not a guarantee, as stress and other factors are part of the equation. i will* say that diet seems to be the cause of my Boxer's gass issues. give her the tiniest piece of sausage and she'll turn it into mustard gas. when i first got her, she *reeked. after a couple of weeks on good food, her gas disappeared. i'm sure the decrease in her stress level played a part in that, as well, though.
(i'm going to try practicing more tongue biting with regard to Leah's comments.)

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(i'm going to try practicing more tongue biting with regard to Leah's comments.)

And I've decided to stop biting mine.
You have a problem with something I said?
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I sat on my hands.
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(i'm going to try practicing more tongue biting with regard to Leah's comments.)

And I've decided to stop biting mine. You have a problem with something I said? Canine Action Dog Trainer http://www.canineaction.com My Kids, My Students, My Life: http://hometown.aol.com/dfrntdrums/myhomepage/index.html

Maybe she hates Iams.
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