Diet for our dogs & cat. I've got to admit, it hasn't even been a day & I am already noticing massive improvement. I thought something was "off" after picking the thousandth sloppy poop out of the garden. It was completely disgusting & would just stick to everything like slop & ugh! I have worked with pigs & other bad poop machines, but that dog poop in my garden was seriously taking the mick. TMI, I know but it was just reddish (not bloody) brown slop everywhere & it smelt foul to the point of rotten. There was a lot of it & the dogs were going the toilet 5 x or more a day each & straining hard when they did while also looking fed up. #we have 2 dogs. I let our dogs in & one of them bolted onto the sofa & flattened herself against it with an expression of misery & discomfort, letting out a big stinky fart as she did so. What the hell? The past 2 years we have kept our dogs on a strict tinned meat & Wagg biscuit diet to try & help get rid of the gas, the smells & the obvious discomfort of one of our poor dogs. It didn't help at all... in fact I'd have said it made it much worse. Yesterday I finally decided to do some research. I'm a wannabe zoologist who went to a zoological college for 2 years & couldn't understand why I was feeding recommended food that was, to me, NOT doing my dogs any favors. I'll start with the issues & symptoms. These dogs are 6 years & 3 years. The oldest dog is suffering the most for about 4 - 5 years. Rottweiler (3) & staffordshire bull terrier (6). BOTH DOGS HAVE DULL COATS. BOTH DOGS NOW HAVE DENTAL ISSUES (ONE SERIOUS, ONE MINOR). BOTH DOGS HAVE CONSTANT ISSUES WITH DIGESTION, FLATULENCE & BLOAT, particularly after feeding. BOTH DOGS SMELL. NOT A DOGGY SMELL, MORE A MUSTY, ROTTEN TINGE. BOTH DOGS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING MISERABLE & UNCOMFORTABLE. Surely everyone who owns a dog doesn't put up with this, I wondered. Dog ownership is supposed to be a joy. After all, my commercial pet food says it "promotes healthy digestion" & "Keeps teeth healthy". Yet these symptoms being shown by my dogs were all signs I'd lean't as symptoms of Malnutrition at college AKA Lack of essential nutrients. And that's when I finally read the label. It contained "Rabbit (6%), Cereal & sugar." I was stunned. That does not make a healthy balanced diet, no way in hell even with supplemental additives etc. Its very, very poor. Their complete wagg was along similar ingredients & also included a load of additives & other gobbledegook which could be many things listed under one ingredient. The main ingredient seemed to be cereal... no wonder they were bloated & constantly going the toilet! I quickly got on line & of course stumbled upon the raw meat diet which I spent hours researching all night. I gathered tons of data on canine nutrition, the livestyle of wolves & feral dogs. I also gathered online data & the reports from fellow poet owners who have moved their pet from a pet food diet onto raw meat. Of course I read some cases where some people had had bad experiences with feeding the raw meat diet, but they were opposed by many more people promoting this feeding method & seemed in the minority. Of course each canine & their owner is different, but it seemed to me an all round option worth a try. So I did (hubby wasn't keen & needed a little persuasion) but I was on a roll after being up all night. My dogs began on it this morning & the change is unbelievable. They have passed light wind twice ( I gave them a slice of bread each which probably caused it, won't feed it again) but its been nowhere near the powerful stenches they were producing. For the first time in 2 years they have been allowed to roam the home & lie in the living room today. Before the smell from their farts made this extremely unpleasant & they had been confined to the hallway with the door shut & windows open & still the smell was really powerful. Both dogs have only been the toilet once today & they both seem much more comfortable & playful. We gave them a rawhide chew each & rather than trying to gulp it down in one go, they both relaxed & chewed calmly, enjoying themselves. Their coats have already improved a little. The change was almost immediate too, it was very surprising. Also I have noticed they are no longer eating the other animals excrement (Chickens, cat, quail) or stealing rabbit food (Yes, RABBIT FOOD!) & bird fatballs (Yes, BIRD FATBALLS!). For now I will assume that they were trying to make up for nutrient deficiencies by doing the above. So far they have had raw rinsed bacon with rinds, raw eggs & vegetables. They completely ignored the veg & left it in the dish. Everything else went down with relish & there have been no side effects so far. This completely backed up the "Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores" theory I'd been coming across a lot online. This completely conflicted against what I always believed & was told at college by (You guess) a commercial dog food executive who gave us 3 lectures on dog & cat nutrition. Even our normal lecturer who sat in on these classes didn't know or believe anything he didn't mention. We were all told the same "They are the experts & any other diet fed will be deficient in nutrition". And we all believed that & spent our lessons learning about the minimal nutritional requirements (not ingredients) of dog & cat food. From what I know.... If a dog was a TRUE omnivore, it should not have a problem with eating or digesting raw vegetables that are not mixed in with meat. I believe that if fed a raw meat diet long enough including stomach content, my two dogs would give up seeking any fruit or veg completely. That's in theory. After all, a nutrient deficient animal WILL eat foods that are not good for it & not normally part of their diet to try & get any nutrients that the animal craves out of it. A bit like a pregnant woman will gnaw on things she shouldn't because she is suffering a deficiency (Sorry, it was the first example I could think of, no pun intended to anyone expecting a new bundle of joy). Anyway, Dogs should not be fed lots of cereal (note). My dogs are on a one week trial with this diet. So far the change is dramatic. If this works out I will never buy commercial dog food again, I would rather take time to prepare various raw meat meals myself & be glad my dogs are pleased & lively. The cat is also happier & being fed the same raw food as the dogs. His coat has slightly improved & he seems brighter eyed & bushier tailed. Oh, and you also have it from me.... people who go to animal colleges only know what we are told by commercial food brands. We were not even ALLOWED to discuss other methods of feeding during that course. We were only allowed to talk about feeding Science Plan & all of our work had to involve Science plan (I guess we know who funded the lecture). So.... Any raw meat feeders here with dogs or cats? How did you find it? Have you noticed any improvement to your pet? Your feedback is appreciated, Thankyou.