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    Why does poop smell?

    I know this probably sounds like a stupid question, but can someone tell me why dog poop smells? I know all poop smells (including human's), but I've noticed that the intensity of my pug's poop varies greatly from day to day,and even poop to poop.
    I get the feeling that certain treats contribute to the smell, but I have still failed to recognize a pattern.
    One that I am certain of, however, is that the softer his poop is, the more it sticks.
    OK poop experts, here's your opportunity to shine

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    My dogs' poop doesn't smell. Well, it doesn't smell anywhere near as bad as it used to since I stopped feeding them factory processed pet food and adopted the raw meaty bones diet. Basically the crap that's in the pet food is what's making the poop (and the dog's breath) smell rotten. A dog fed properly on meat and bone should not have "doggy breath" http://www.rawmeatybones.com for more info. I push that link a lot when questions like this come up, because that's the website of the vet who basically saved my dogs lives by opening my eyes up to the horrors of pet food.

    Hope that helps.

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    It is all about what is in the food. Not to be too graphic, but think about it as similar to a human that eats chili and beer compared to someone that eats baked chicken and potatos. The low quality dog foods and many treats are filled with artificial colors, fillers like corn that dogs don't process well, and basically a lot of unneeded ingredients that are just going to come out the other end. A high quality food has less fillers and thus less waste. Look for treats that are strictly meat or make your own baked and dried treats, avoiding treats like Milkbones and avoiding unhealthy table scraps will help a lot. Healthy table scraps like a small amount of plain chicken or plain beef can make high value treats for training.

    Raw feeding can be good, but a good quality dry dog food is also plenty good and for many people, much easier to deal with (for example, I can travel easily by tossing a bag of food in the car and I don't need the freezer space in my little kitchen)

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    Poop basically smells because of bacteria. Lots of little microorganisims reside in everybody's intestines, they help break down food and produce gases like hydrogen sulfide.

    It could be a dietary intolerance that causes the softer poops. Poops that are softer have a higher water content generally because the body hasn't had a chance to reabsorb moisture, and I'm guessing that in that process alot of microorganisims are flushed out as well, making poop stinkier.
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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    i have to say, we are what we eat, dogs included. by no means am i a 'healthy' eater i enjoy cake too much
    but if ive eaten a Mcdonalds, you dont want to be in the bathroom after me!!!!

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    The sulfur compounds come from breakdown of protein. Nearly all sulfur compounds smell bad. Bile also smells bad. Diarrhea usually occurs b/c of an irritation that can also damage the villi which contain enzymes that help digestion. Incompletely enzyme-processed food smells bad. Irritated intestines (dog intestines are shorter and faster than human intestines) usually move food more quickly, and bacteria don't process completely, resulting in stink.

    Not scientifically precise, but probably more than you want.... but don't ask me why it always sticks to your shoe :-)

    BTW, my dog eats carrots, so his poop has an orange glow to it, and little orange jewels mixed in :-)

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    Tell a Lab, ask a Golden, negotiate with a Chessie, play with a Toller

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    I'm just content assuming any thing coming out of a hole in one's body is going to smell.

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    My dogs compared to my MILs are night and day. Yes, we all have bacterias from the tract that make smell, but the diet matters much too. They eat 1star foods and lots of treats and table foods. They fart all the time and its so effing disgustingly intense. I'm there maybe a few hours a week and had to clear a room several times. If I'm sitting out on their patio and the dogs poop in the grass, I can smell it even though it's quite a ways. I have yet to even smell a fart from my dogs and though their poop smells like poop, I would have to stand over it. They get the best possible food and I removed their food sensitivities out of their diet and it makes a load of difference. When I got them, their old owner was feeding them Pedigree.

    What are you feeding bunk for food and what type of treats is he getting? If he's getting constantly soft and very stinky poops maybe his food doesn't completely agree with him?
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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    My dogs' poop doesn't smell. Well, it doesn't smell anywhere near as bad as it used to since I stopped feeding them factory processed pet food and adopted the raw meaty bones diet. Basically the crap that's in the pet food is what's making the poop (and the dog's breath) smell rotten. A dog fed properly on meat and bone should not have "doggy breath" http://www.rawmeatybones.com for more info. I push that link a lot when questions like this come up, because that's the website of the vet who basically saved my dogs lives by opening my eyes up to the horrors of pet food.

    Hope that helps.
    Some pet foods are horrible. Some are very good. There is no "horror" of pet food. My dogs eat a high quality grain free. Their poop doesn't smell more awful than any other poop and their breath does not smell "rotten." What a load of (if you'll excuse the term) crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaeganW View Post
    That's awesome. I love it!

    People will disagree, but there is really no such thing as a "high quality" factory processed pet food, only more expensive and successfully marketed.
    Most pet foods are heavily grain based and really not digestible for a dog, this is why there is such a volume of poo from pet food fed canines. Some claim to not use grain, and some of these ones are even being honest in that regard. Some do use real meat in their brand of pet food, but this is always meat that has not been passed for human consumption because the animal was either diseased, dying, dead, or even decomposing.
    The nutritional values listed on a can of pet food can just as easily be derived from a leather boot, can of motor oil, and various other bits of rubbish you'd never knowingly or willingly feed your self, your family, or your dog. Some countries, not all, even use ground up deceased pets from animal mortuaries and vets' offices in pet foods that are fed to the same kind of animal, but now I'm getting off track so let's get back to the poo we all love so much - lol.

    Sloppy dog turds are generally always a the result of a pet food diet, a raw meat and bone diet mostly results in firm and drier droppings that turn chalky white in the sun far before the pet food variety, and even better, they simply crumble under foot so you don't have to worry about the turd you just stepped in.
    The slight aroma of Natural Diet Doggy Doodoo, even when fresh out of Rover's back side, is nowhere near enough of a stench to clear a crowded elevator.
    A Pet Food Poo on the other hand, even when disturbed after a week out in the whether, could empty a sports stadium (slight exaggeration but you get my drift).
    People will state quite adamantly and at times accurately that their pet food fed dog's leave quite acceptable bodily excretions. This is generally because that pet food fed dog also has a good supply of raw meaty bones to clean the teeth and gums. What we have then is a dog with strong pearly white teeth, a hybrid mix of deceptive defecations, and still suffering internally from the indigestibles in all brands of factory processed pet food which our pet food company founded vets constantly recommend so the vicious cycle of Periodontal Disease and organ failure that stems from it, keeps the veterinary wallet over flowing and the same in turn for the pet food companies.

    I'm making no effort to guilt-trip fellow dog owners/dog lovers, but I do make an effort to raise awareness and guilt-trip pet food companies and veterinarians.
    Granted, the question was merely "Why does dog poo smell?" but why give a half informative un-researched answer when a little digging gets you a long way?

    Now I am sure, here come the disagreements...

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    There are strict rules in the U.S. (not that I'm saying that USDA inspectors are that great, but they do check in now and then) about product labeling, and I don't think any company is going to risk a lawsuit from mislabeling their product (say, if someone with a bad allergy handles (or eats. . .kids do it a lot) their pet food and dies or has a terrible reaction, and the allergen wasn't listed). So the ingredient list is truthful. Now, some ingredients in cheap foods are NASTY, but then most people don't bother to read the label.

    And I would say that my dogs have "quite acceptable bodily excretions". And they don't have a steady supply of raw meaty bones either. It's been at least 6 months since they've had anything raw. I don't think you can make blanket statements about dog foods. The variation in quality makes any generalization untrue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    That's awesome. I love it!

    People will disagree, but there is really no such thing as a "high quality" factory processed pet food, only more expensive and successfully marketed.
    Most pet foods are heavily grain based and really not digestible for a dog, this is why there is such a volume of poo from pet food fed canines. Some claim to not use grain, and some of these ones are even being honest in that regard. Some do use real meat in their brand of pet food, but this is always meat that has not been passed for human consumption because the animal was either diseased, dying, dead, or even decomposing.
    The nutritional values listed on a can of pet food can just as easily be derived from a leather boot, can of motor oil, and various other bits of rubbish you'd never knowingly or willingly feed your self, your family, or your dog. Some countries, not all, even use ground up deceased pets from animal mortuaries and vets' offices in pet foods that are fed to the same kind of animal, but now I'm getting off track so let's get back to the poo we all love so much - lol.

    Sloppy dog turds are generally always a the result of a pet food diet, a raw meat and bone diet mostly results in firm and drier droppings that turn chalky white in the sun far before the pet food variety, and even better, they simply crumble under foot so you don't have to worry about the turd you just stepped in.
    The slight aroma of Natural Diet Doggy Doodoo, even when fresh out of Rover's back side, is nowhere near enough of a stench to clear a crowded elevator.
    A Pet Food Poo on the other hand, even when disturbed after a week out in the whether, could empty a sports stadium (slight exaggeration but you get my drift).
    People will state quite adamantly and at times accurately that their pet food fed dog's leave quite acceptable bodily excretions. This is generally because that pet food fed dog also has a good supply of raw meaty bones to clean the teeth and gums. What we have then is a dog with strong pearly white teeth, a hybrid mix of deceptive defecations, and still suffering internally from the indigestibles in all brands of factory processed pet food which our pet food company founded vets constantly recommend so the vicious cycle of Periodontal Disease and organ failure that stems from it, keeps the veterinary wallet over flowing and the same in turn for the pet food companies.

    I'm making no effort to guilt-trip fellow dog owners/dog lovers, but I do make an effort to raise awareness and guilt-trip pet food companies and veterinarians.
    Granted, the question was merely "Why does dog poo smell?" but why give a half informative un-researched answer when a little digging gets you a long way?

    Now I am sure, here come the disagreements...
    Of course you're going to get disagreements, because what you're saying is kind of absurd. No way can you lump all commercial foods together, nor can you state with any accuracy how a given diet is going to affect all dog's poop. I mean, why even claim that? It's so silly.

    For example, here are the ingredients in Ol' Roy dog food. Pretty crappy:

    Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, wheat middlings, animal fat [preserved with BHA and citric acid], natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, color added [red #40, yellow #5, blue #2], zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex [source of vitamin K activity], riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate

    ON THE OTHER HAND, here are the ingredients in Orijen dog food. Pretty freakin' good:

    Fresh boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, fresh boneless herring, fresh boneless walleye, russet potato, sweet potato, peas, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fresh boneless lake whitefish, sun-cured alfalfa, fresh boneless flounder, fresh boneless northern pike, pea fiber, organic kelp, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium

    You can continue treating pet foods like they're all comparable if you want, but you're just going to make yourself look foolish. People here aren't stupid. The facts are easy to find and they just don't add up with what you are claiming.

    Obviously people should feed the best they can BUT that doesn't ALWAYS mean raw and IME it hardly ever excludes high-end commercial pet foods. How is it not obvious to raw food groupies and anti-pet food zealots that this sort of talk is HURTING your message and certainly not helping any dogs.

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    Well they are comparable, you just touched on comparing two of them and now the Ol' Roy feeders are going to disagree with you, and the Orijen feeders will support you. But at any rate every pet food company is now catching on to the slowly but surely growing number of raw feeders...

    (some of which are far too caught up in nutrient levels and meat to bone percentages and need to calm down because dietary supplements are starting to creep in and it's all unfortunately heading back to pet food)

    ...and as a result are all pointing out the same things that raw feeders are identifying that shouldn't be in pet foods and claiming their own to be the best as it has none of these evil things and when the confidence trick has people sucked in they then reveal their own ingredients, talk them up to the crowd and in most cases do a decent job of making it semi believable. Here is a good example:


    The end of this advertisement is near the end of Part 2 (big over lap)

    I've just put forward conclusions based on personal experience and independent scientific research (not funded by pet food companies, etc)
    I could put up a load of links such as http://rawmeatybones.com but only the few truly interested or open minded will bother reading up and the rest for differing reasons will never be convinced so there's not a lot more I can do.

    Except answer the original question with "all of this is the reason I believe, for the vast majority of smelly dog poo."
    I do accept that there is an exception to every rule, but If I am to truly find a dog food, that meets a dog's dietary requirements, and is a) not raw meat and bone, and b) hasn't had all the nutrients destroyed in the process of processing the pet food, I'm going to need a time machine or a space ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Well they are comparable, you just touched on comparing two of them and now the Ol' Roy feeders are going to disagree with you, and the Orijen feeders will support you. But at any rate every pet food company is now catching on to the slowly but surely growing number of raw feeders...

    (some of which are far too caught up in nutrient levels and meat to bone percentages and need to calm down because dietary supplements are starting to creep in and it's all unfortunately heading back to pet food)

    ...and as a result are all pointing out the same things that raw feeders are identifying that shouldn't be in pet foods and claiming their own to be the best as it has none of these evil things and when the confidence trick has people sucked in they then reveal their own ingredients, talk them up to the crowd and in most cases do a decent job of making it semi believable. Here is a good example:


    The end of this advertisement is near the end of Part 2 (big over lap)

    I've just put forward conclusions based on personal experience and independent scientific research (not funded by pet food companies, etc)
    I could put up a load of links such as http://rawmeatybones.com but only the few truly interested or open minded will bother reading up and the rest for differing reasons will never be convinced so there's not a lot more I can do.

    Except answer the original question with "all of this is the reason I believe, for the vast majority of smelly dog poo."
    I do accept that there is an exception to every rule, but If I am to truly find a dog food, that meets a dog's dietary requirements, and is a) not raw meat and bone, and b) hasn't had all the nutrients destroyed in the process of processing the pet food, I'm going to need a time machine or a space ship.
    You're not really making any sense. Why does it matter what Ol' Roy feeders think here? Obviously there are differences and your research should tell you that Orijen is closer to a natural diet. YOU, if YOU were forced to feed one of the above foods and had absolutely NO ABILITY to feed raw, would you feed Ol' Roy or Orijen, based on the ingredients? You can't just dismiss that there are differences if you're going to go back to lumping all pet foods together.

    I always get a good laugh out of people who can't provide sufficient evidence to support their point claiming that people who disagree with them aren't "open minded" enough. I'm plenty open minded and if you can provide me with concrete evidence demonstrating that all pet foods are equally bad for dogs I will gladly change my opinion on the matter. But the link you just posted screams propaganda and I cannot find anything scientific about it. Please point me towards the scientific research which claims not that raw is the most appropriate diet, but that ALL PET FOODS ARE HARMFUL. Not just a few specific ones.

    There is a lot more more you could do, but I understand that it's easier to just claim everyone ELSE is the problem. Unfortunately for you, the person making the claim always bears the burden of proof and I've yet to see any.

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    Yes that was "sensationalised" because it is an advertisement. The most effective advertising is sensationalised.

    ...people who can't provide sufficient evidence to support their point claiming that people who disagree with them aren't "open minded" enough.
    Well let's not get started on religion here but that's where I might use such an argument, in this case however you're twisting my words considering

    truly interested or open minded
    is not in reference to a singular person or party. You will notice I also used the words

    for differing reasons
    in reference to the fact that not everyone has the one uniform reason for not believing raw is best, or, believing there are some truly beneficial pet foods out there.

    Proof? Proof you want? Unadulterated indisputable proof?
    There's the studies that found flame retardant chemicals in pet food http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0426071021.htm and no they didn't test every pet food under the sun and don't mention any ill effects but they do state more research is needed, that said are you comfortable ingesting flame retardants or giving them to your dog? You can find plenty of scientific articles regarding pet food for both sides of the argument although I use the term "scientific" loosely in regard to pet food supporting, so called experiments.
    There's a rather interesting library out there such as Tom Lonsdale's books Work Wonders and Raw Meaty Bones, and Ann Martin's Food Pet's Die For. Here's an excerpt http://www.homevet.com/petcare/foodbook.html
    Of course you are correct that no individual or group has analysed and tested every single pet food under the sun, and here's a question; have you?
    And they do need truly independent researchers to undertake them. Are either if us truly independent and unbiased?

    Maybe it isn't as bad as others, but can you prove beyond a doubt, scientifically and anatomically, that your pet's food is truly beneficial?

    if YOU were forced to feed one of the above foods and had absolutely NO ABILITY to feed raw, would you feed Ol' Roy or Orijen, based on the ingredients?
    Where to start... both brands contain ingredients that dogs either shouldn't or don't need to have floating around their digestive systems. Are you aware that legally no one has to list every single ingredient on a label? What else are they hiding?
    So do I attempt to opt for what is in my opinion the lesser or two evils that I now know will slowly poison the dog? Raw meat's out of the question hey? There are certain ripe fruits dogs can eat, but not solely fruit for a long periods of time. Dogs can have the occasional table scraps but even that's not a long term solution. This situation would become a decision between releasing the dog to hunt, scavenge and fend for itself, or perhaps the eternal sleep would be kindest. Luckily I have a good supply of fresh, human grade raw meat and bone and my dogs are so much healthier for it so I don't have to worry about this ridiculous scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    So do I attempt to opt for what is in my opinion the lesser or two evils that I now know will slowly poison the dog? Raw meat's out of the question hey? There are certain ripe fruits dogs can eat, but not solely fruit for a long periods of time. Dogs can have the occasional table scraps but even that's not a long term solution. This situation would become a decision between releasing the dog to hunt, scavenge and fend for itself, or perhaps the eternal sleep would be kindest. Luckily I have a good supply of fresh, human grade raw meat and bone and my dogs are so much healthier for it so I don't have to worry about this ridiculous scenario.
    Ok.. Am I the only one confused here? Did I read this right? On the off chance that you could not feed raw, you'd just not feed your dogs at all and hope they will probably scavenge their own dead, dying and diseased animals? Cause let me tell you, there's a percentage of dogs that will actually hunt, but most all will scavenge if they aren't being fed by someone. Things they will scavenge could be rats who have previously been poisoned etc. Or guess what plenty of animal welfare groups give dogs out scavenging.... Puppy Chow! Your worst nightmare!

    Or you'd just put them to sleep rather than feeding them a diet that hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dogs thrive on?

    You know how I know for absolutely sure there are no grains in Orijen? I have severe Celiac disease. I feed the dogs. I am so prone to reactions that if I fed them, and touched my face or ate breakfast afterwards I would have a reaction. People think I'm a nutcase because I don't eat out, the fact of the matter is contamination is ridiculously easy and considering the fact that I have impaired nutrition absorption factors I'd rather not risk it. Let alone dealing with the pain. I wash my hands constantly while out in public, especially in places such as malls with food courts. I would constantly be exposing myself if I fed grain inclusive, every time my puppies licked my face (especially when you get that nasty slip of the tongue) I would be exposed and that would have a negative effect on my health and I feel it. So that's how I know. Infact I realised I was getting "glutened" by what we previously fed, Blue which contained barley, which I actually think is also a pretty good food. It took me a heck of a long time to realise what was making me sick as dog food never occured to me. It was my best friend who used to work at a pet store that pointed out the irony of my "gluten free house" and my grain inclusive pet food.

    FWIW I tried feeding raw once, I did everything by the book and my dog had near constant diarrhea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Yes that was "sensationalised" because it is an advertisement. The most effective advertising is sensationalised.
    No idea what point you're making here. Who are you marketing to, and why don't you use logic instead on sensationalism? If you admit something is sensationalized then you admit that it can't be trusted. lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Well let's not get started on religion here but that's where I might use such an argument, in this case however you're twisting my words considering
    wtf, I never once mentioned religion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Proof? Proof you want? Unadulterated indisputable proof?
    There's the studies that found flame retardant chemicals in pet food http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0426071021.htm and no they didn't test every pet food under the sun and don't mention any ill effects but they do state more research is needed, that said are you comfortable ingesting flame retardants or giving them to your dog? You can find plenty of scientific articles regarding pet food for both sides of the argument although I use the term "scientific" loosely in regard to pet food supporting, so called experiments.
    LOL, yep that's what I thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    There's a rather interesting library out there such as Tom Lonsdale's books Work Wonders and Raw Meaty Bones, and Ann Martin's Food Pet's Die For. Here's an excerpt http://www.homevet.com/petcare/foodbook.html
    Of course you are correct that no individual or group has analysed and tested every single pet food under the sun, and here's a question; have you?
    And they do need truly independent researchers to undertake them. Are either if us truly independent and unbiased?
    That's what I thought, and nope, because I'm already convinced that many premium grain-free foods are healthy enough for my dog. The proof is in her body condition, energy level and stools. If she did poorly on every dog food I might be inclined to take your very radical viewpoint into more serious consideration, but no, I'm not going to "take your word for it" that all pet foods are bad. And no I'm not going to do the research FOR YOU to support the claim YOU are making. Because my research already tells me otherwise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Maybe it isn't as bad as others, but can you prove beyond a doubt, scientifically and anatomically, that your pet's food is truly beneficial?
    What evidence would actually do this, and do you have the same evidence proving that your raw diet is 'truly beneficial'? Aside from your own dog's body condition and blogs supporting the raw diet for animals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    Where to start... both brands contain ingredients that dogs either shouldn't or don't need to have floating around their digestive systems. Are you aware that legally no one has to list every single ingredient on a label? What else are they hiding?
    This reads like a conspiracy theory to me. What reason have you to believe dog food labels are untruthful? Pretty sure they legally DO need to disclose their ingredients by law. I'd be interested to hear more about this. Links please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firem4nJoe View Post
    So do I attempt to opt for what is in my opinion the lesser or two evils that I now know will slowly poison the dog? Raw meat's out of the question hey? There are certain ripe fruits dogs can eat, but not solely fruit for a long periods of time. Dogs can have the occasional table scraps but even that's not a long term solution. This situation would become a decision between releasing the dog to hunt, scavenge and fend for itself, or perhaps the eternal sleep would be kindest. Luckily I have a good supply of fresh, human grade raw meat and bone and my dogs are so much healthier for it so I don't have to worry about this ridiculous scenario.
    You would rather release your dog into the wild or kill it than feed the dog commercial pet food. Excuse me if I find that idea slightly effing insane. OMG. What a dog lover.

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    Excuse me while I interrupt your dog food debate.

    Why does dog food smell? So you'll be able to tell if your dog has been eating crap.
    Hey it's just a theory.

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    Re: Why does poop smell?

    I am going to point out that they've found flame-retardant chemicals in nearly everything. . .that stuff gets around. It was found in human breast milk and cow's milk (which also has hormones in it), and of course there's pesticide residue in soy products. So I guess babies are out of luck, better let them starve. I would expect that those chemicals are in dog food. . .AND raw meat.

    And seriously? Releasing domestic animals into the wild or killing them instead of feeding them processed food? Yeah, I'm sure they'd rather die than eat kibble . I hope you eat as well as they do. Are you willing to kill yourself rather than eat processed food?

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