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Greyhound feeding - any ideas to make them fart less????

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pygmyangel Sat 20-Jun-15 13:30:25

Just that really. We've had ours 2 days so far and already the distinctive greyhound fart small is permeating the house. We've been advised to feed a resting greyhound dried food however, we never had any success feeding this to our last greyhound so was wondering if anyone had tried anything else and if it worked? They def seem to produce more and stinkier gas than any other breed.

LimeJellyHead Sat 20-Jun-15 13:46:40

A daily dog probiotic worked for our terrier's rumbling, windy tummy. He didn't tend to do farts though. It seemed more like trapped wind. Could be worth a try though. The Lintbells one is good. It is called YumPro.

I've got so used to my house smelling of farts from dogs/hubby, I find I hardly notice now... unless I leave the room and come back in grin

moosemama Sat 20-Jun-15 18:17:17

Mine aren't Greyhounds, but both have Greyhound in them and by far the best food we've found for keeping their stomachs stable and er, pong free, is Skinners Field and Trial Salmon and Rice.

They used to be on Canagan, which is really expensive and excellent quality, but turned out to be just too rich and have too high a protein level I was advised to try something with a much lower protein level by a well known Lurcher behaviourist, so trialled the Skinners just to see what happened and have never gone back.

The other alternative would be to feed raw, which would have the added effect of being really good for their teeth, which of course can be a problem for some greyhound. All mine were fed raw until we moved house and no longer have the room for a freezer. I don't think any of them ever broke wind the whole time they were on raw and they were all really healthy with sparkly teeth as well.

As LimeJelly said, it's worth trying a probiotic to see if that helps at all first. My younger lad was on Canikur as a pup, after a nasty case of campylobacter and that certainly worked to sort out his digestive system. I keep some in for emergency stomach upsets now. They love the stuff and are happy to just lick it up out of their bowls.

GoofyIsACow Sat 20-Jun-15 18:19:32

We have raised our grey's bowls by about 1ft, means she swallows less air and farts far less!

pygmyangel Sat 20-Jun-15 18:58:21

Thank you all. It's only been a couple of days so we'll see how we go but will try the probiotic thing, it seemed to work for my DH! I've seen and heard good things about feeding raw too but I don't really have anywhere indoors i'd be happy to have her chewing on raw bones so that's out for now. She has her bowls on a stand already Goofy but I don't think she did at the kennels so we may start to see some improvement. That said, she's sat next to me now and there's a smell drifting up.

FiveHoursSleep Sat 20-Jun-15 19:44:44

Our Lurcher found the high protein diets far too rich for her. Burns was good for her digestive system.

CMOTDibbler Sat 20-Jun-15 19:48:18

My lurchers don't do well with any wheat, and on Burns pork and potato, or Vitalin sensitive they don't smell.

BagelwithButter Sat 20-Jun-15 21:01:11

Can he/she eat outside? They eat raw pretty quickly and often take a bone/wing/larger pieces off to eat down the lawn anyway. So no mess, no fuss. It's gone in a few minutes even if they eat inside when it's bad weather

Scuttlebutter Sat 20-Jun-15 23:56:23

It's just a case of experimenting with the right food that doesn't trigger the smells. We recently won a couple of bags of Vitalin at a local dog show and ours loved it - all four had beautiful firm poos and very little gas (I dont' think it's possible to eliminate it entirely!) They also do very well on raw - there are many options for raw that dont' involve your hound munching on giant bones in the house. Currently they are on Harringtons and that works reasonably well - occasional wind but manageable. Try out some of the Burns varieties - they have an excellent helpline and will send out free samples.

homebythesea Sun 21-Jun-15 00:18:51

Not a greyhound but we have pretty much stopped our boy from farting by using a slowbowl (search on amazon) - it slows them right down while eating so they don't swalllw the air that reappears in flatulent form!

TooOldForGlitter Sun 21-Jun-15 21:11:57

I have a greyhound and he's fed raw and honestly there is no farting. If there is it doesn't stink and we don't notice it.

Chillywhippet Thu 25-Jun-15 00:17:40

My whippets do well on Burgess sensitive. They like the lamb and rice. Also seem ok on Skinners salmon and rice. Bth recommended by posters here.

They weren't fussed on Burn's and lots of the other foods upset thier tummies.
Good luck with finding something that suits.

KoalaDownUnder Thu 25-Jun-15 16:38:13

Agree re: feeding raw.

My dog is a greyhound mix. When I got her, I was told laughingly to beware of her constant, vile farts. The rescue home was feeding her cheap tinned and dry food (understandably). I feed her raw (the BARF diet), and she virtually never farts, and even has non-smelly breath.

pollyglen Thu 25-Jun-15 17:17:36

Both our Greys smelt absolutely disgusting until we started feeding Harringtons and the pong stopped completely!.

pygmyangel Fri 26-Jun-15 13:25:56

I've bought her the Burgess Greyhound and Lurcher food and to be honest, she's been ok the last few days. She's no longer having the stuff she was fed at the kennels mixed in which I'm assuming just didn't agree with her.

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