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Best Food for Bullies

I apologize if there is another thread on this but the search results make it difficult to follow along. I also realize every bully is going to be different but here's the story...

We rescued Bella last June from NorCal Bulldogs. She is our first bully and we love her. She's about 8yo and was a bit overweight when we got her. Her foster mom had been giving her Natural Balance and we slowly shifted her to Nutro Natural Choice Lite. Her stools were solid and her gas was tolerable. After about 6 months, she started getting diarrhea and we put her on a bland diet (cottage cheese and rice), per our vet, who also suggested we try a sensitive stomach food. We weened her onto Eukanuba Sensitive which was bad as she started shedding, her stools were soft and her gas was unbearable. We shifted her to Nutro Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula for Sensitive Stomachs which was okay but not great.

So, my question is what is the best food for a bully with a sensitive stomach? Thoughts on Royal Canin? A fish and potato mix (and brand recommendation)?

Thanks!

Re: making the change...any suggestions??

Hi Donna,

There are lots of thoughts on switching dogs food source. I don't switch 'cold turkey' but I also don't take a month to do it either. I mix the new kibble in the old to give their system a chance to adjust and then just weed out the old food. Pinnacle has a canned variety also. I moisten the wet kibble with a small amount of warm water, then add about a tablespoon a the canned. Good luck to your group on this food. And good luck to your bully w/ entropin surgery. happy.gif

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Re: making the change...any suggestions??

Hi Donna,

There are lots of thoughts on switching dogs food source. I don't switch 'cold turkey' but I also don't take a month to do it either. I mix the new kibble in the old to give their system a chance to adjust and then just weed out the old food. Pinnacle has a canned variety also. I moisten the wet kibble with a small amount of warm water, then add about a tablespoon a the canned. Good luck to your group on this food. And good luck to your bully w/ entropin surgery. happy.gif

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For Bella's Daddy...

Will you let me know how Bella does on Taste of the Wild? It was actually my first choice but we live in a very rural area 75 miles away from Dallas. Petco doesn't sell Taste of the Wild so I went with the Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato...Petco only charges $10 for delivery. If Punkie B doesn't do well on the Pinnacle, I would like to try Taste of the Wild....I hope Bella thrives on it!

Donna ~ Punkie's Mom

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For Bella's Daddy...

Will you let me know how Bella does on Taste of the Wild? It was actually my first choice but we live in a very rural area 75 miles away from Dallas. Petco doesn't sell Taste of the Wild so I went with the Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato...Petco only charges $10 for delivery. If Punkie B doesn't do well on the Pinnacle, I would like to try Taste of the Wild....I hope Bella thrives on it!

Donna ~ Punkie's Mom

Was there a problem with the Natural Balance?

If she wasn't having any problems on the Natural Balance, why not switch her back to that? Some of the food we've used that I would reccommend are Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Natural Balance and Nature's Variety.

Was there a problem with the Natural Balance?

If she wasn't having any problems on the Natural Balance, why not switch her back to that? Some of the food we've used that I would reccommend are Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Natural Balance and Nature's Variety.

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Agree about Royal Canin

We had good results with it for a while, but Hercules and Cleo started having skin issues a few months ago. I understand that RC may have changed their ingredients and this could have triggered it. We switched to Natural Balance fish & potato and so far have been having good results.

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Agree about Royal Canin

We had good results with it for a while, but Hercules and Cleo started having skin issues a few months ago. I understand that RC may have changed their ingredients and this could have triggered it. We switched to Natural Balance fish & potato and so far have been having good results.

Re: Best Food for Bullies

I decided to go with Taste of the Wild Salmon and Sweet Potato. Based on the grain allergies I read about I decided grain-free may be the way to go. Will let you know how she does.

Sidebar 1: she is came down with aspiration pneumonia about three weeks ago and lost several pounds so she actually needs to put on some weight.

Sidebar 2: she was okay on Natural Balance except for bad gas. we switched to the NC Lite per suggestion she lose a few lbs.

Re: Best Food for Bullies

I decided to go with Taste of the Wild Salmon and Sweet Potato. Based on the grain allergies I read about I decided grain-free may be the way to go. Will let you know how she does.

Sidebar 1: she is came down with aspiration pneumonia about three weeks ago and lost several pounds so she actually needs to put on some weight.

Sidebar 2: she was okay on Natural Balance except for bad gas. we switched to the NC Lite per suggestion she lose a few lbs.

I used Pedigee for a long time....

until I noticed that Opal was getting red and seemed itchy. I had a total allergy panel done & she's allergic to corn so I had to change foods.

A list of suggested foods came with the allergy results so I changed her & Olivia to Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice. She did very well on it.

My financial situation changed recently when I lost my job so I went looking for a less expensive alternative.

The Nutro is $42 for a 35lb bag. I looked at the ingredients in several dog foods and found that the Kirkland brand (Costco's store brand) looked like a good food. It's actually made by Diamond. It's $24 for a 40lb bag.

I made the switch over a weeks time giving 1/2 Nutro & 1/2 Kirkland. No diareah & they really like it.

A good fish & potato food is Wellness Fish & Sweet Potatoes. I heard that people have had good results with it.

Good luck,
Sue

I used Pedigee for a long time....

until I noticed that Opal was getting red and seemed itchy. I had a total allergy panel done & she's allergic to corn so I had to change foods.

A list of suggested foods came with the allergy results so I changed her & Olivia to Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice. She did very well on it.

My financial situation changed recently when I lost my job so I went looking for a less expensive alternative.

The Nutro is $42 for a 35lb bag. I looked at the ingredients in several dog foods and found that the Kirkland brand (Costco's store brand) looked like a good food. It's actually made by Diamond. It's $24 for a 40lb bag.

I made the switch over a weeks time giving 1/2 Nutro & 1/2 Kirkland. No diareah & they really like it.

A good fish & potato food is Wellness Fish & Sweet Potatoes. I heard that people have had good results with it.

Good luck,
Sue

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Thanks Michelle!

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Thanks Michelle!

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I'm changing due to all the FILLERS in my current dog food...

Thanks so much for the feedback. I have gotten so much information on this forum. I love BDW!

I have 4 girlies that I feed Iams Lamb and Rice. They do ok on it but are all overweight! Well, except for my Boxer but she runs around like a deer all day long. Punkie B chases Maggie, our Boxer biting her ankles when they play in the house. When Maggie has had enough of the ankle biting, she lures Punkie out the doggie door and litterly leaps and runs circles around poor Punkie B. Maggie jumps right over poor short legged Punkie...it's really funny to watch. Punkie finally gives up trying to catch Maggie and comes back through the doggie door and waits to the side in a stalking position so she can nab Maggie when she comes back in...We go through this most of the day!

Yesterday when Punkie B was at the vet she weighed 62 pounds! She is almost a year old...she is a BIG girl! That being said, I made the decision to switch to a better food with no grain and or corn -- FILLERS!. I just feel like Iams is the run of the mill dog food and my girls are worth the cost difference to be on a grain free food. If I only had 1 or 2, I would go with RAW but hubby and I would have to stop eating if I put 4 on RAW!

All my girls have a little yogurt or kefir every day...it's a treat for them. They eat yogurt out of a spoon like a baby. Oh and by the way...they are NOT spoiled!

LOL!!

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I'm changing due to all the FILLERS in my current dog food...

Thanks so much for the feedback. I have gotten so much information on this forum. I love BDW!

I have 4 girlies that I feed Iams Lamb and Rice. They do ok on it but are all overweight! Well, except for my Boxer but she runs around like a deer all day long. Punkie B chases Maggie, our Boxer biting her ankles when they play in the house. When Maggie has had enough of the ankle biting, she lures Punkie out the doggie door and litterly leaps and runs circles around poor Punkie B. Maggie jumps right over poor short legged Punkie...it's really funny to watch. Punkie finally gives up trying to catch Maggie and comes back through the doggie door and waits to the side in a stalking position so she can nab Maggie when she comes back in...We go through this most of the day!

Yesterday when Punkie B was at the vet she weighed 62 pounds! She is almost a year old...she is a BIG girl! That being said, I made the decision to switch to a better food with no grain and or corn -- FILLERS!. I just feel like Iams is the run of the mill dog food and my girls are worth the cost difference to be on a grain free food. If I only had 1 or 2, I would go with RAW but hubby and I would have to stop eating if I put 4 on RAW!

All my girls have a little yogurt or kefir every day...it's a treat for them. They eat yogurt out of a spoon like a baby. Oh and by the way...they are NOT spoiled!

LOL!!

Donna...will do!

I'll let you know in a few weeks.

Donna...will do!

I'll let you know in a few weeks.

A Wellness Rep told my friend....

who ownes a pet food store that if you have to make the change suddenly to put a spoonful of low fat plain yogurt in with the food and that will help the unbalance due to change in food.

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A Wellness Rep told my friend....

who ownes a pet food store that if you have to make the change suddenly to put a spoonful of low fat plain yogurt in with the food and that will help the unbalance due to change in food.

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Re: Best Food for Bullies

We have been researching foods for Dozer and decided to try Canidae ALS grain free. I just bought a bag today and plan to start weaning him over to that. We looked at a dog food analysis webisit that gave it a five star rating. Dozer has problems with itchy skin and the grain free diet is supposed to help with that. Good luck, I know how hard it is to find the right food for your dog.

Re: Best Food for Bullies

We have been researching foods for Dozer and decided to try Canidae ALS grain free. I just bought a bag today and plan to start weaning him over to that. We looked at a dog food analysis webisit that gave it a five star rating. Dozer has problems with itchy skin and the grain free diet is supposed to help with that. Good luck, I know how hard it is to find the right food for your dog.

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making the change...any suggestions??

I have been considering making the change to grain-free dog food for about 2-3 months. We live in a rural area about 75 miles from Dallas and dog food choices are not the best here. After reading your post, I made the decision to try the Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato food. I was able to order it online from Petco. It will be here next week! I have 4 dogs and will be putting them all on it.

My Bullie, Punkie will be having entropion surgery in the very near future, maybe as soon as next week...as soon as an infection clears...she is on antibiotics now. What are your thoughts about making the change when I recieve the food? Should I wait to make the transition until after the surgery? Is one week long enough to make the transition from our current food to the grain-free or should it be longer?

Thanks!

PunkiesMom's picture

making the change...any suggestions??

I have been considering making the change to grain-free dog food for about 2-3 months. We live in a rural area about 75 miles from Dallas and dog food choices are not the best here. After reading your post, I made the decision to try the Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato food. I was able to order it online from Petco. It will be here next week! I have 4 dogs and will be putting them all on it.

My Bullie, Punkie will be having entropion surgery in the very near future, maybe as soon as next week...as soon as an infection clears...she is on antibiotics now. What are your thoughts about making the change when I recieve the food? Should I wait to make the transition until after the surgery? Is one week long enough to make the transition from our current food to the grain-free or should it be longer?

Thanks!

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

I'm not crazy about Royal Canin...

the ingredients aren't that good. We feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream to our guys, but it might be too many calories for an 8 year old. Look for a food that doesn't have grains. Our boy Oscar would itch like crazy if he had oatmeal or barley. We had him on natural balance duck potato for years and he did well on it. Good luck, I'm glad she's found a home!

Kathy, Ollie and Chester

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I'm not crazy about Royal Canin...

the ingredients aren't that good. We feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream to our guys, but it might be too many calories for an 8 year old. Look for a food that doesn't have grains. Our boy Oscar would itch like crazy if he had oatmeal or barley. We had him on natural balance duck potato for years and he did well on it. Good luck, I'm glad she's found a home!

Kathy, Ollie and Chester

Re: Best Food for Bullies

This is of course the $million dollar question$ & there are lots of good foods out there. Was she doing fine on the Natural Balance? If so, maybe switch her back to that & if she truely needs to shed a few pounds, you can substitute a small amount of her kibble with greens beans, they are a great filler and an easy wa y to help her take off a little weight if she truely needs to. I feed my bullys Pinnacle brand kibble (the trout and sweet potato variety) but they have other protein sources available they are grain free. I am with Nor Cal Bulldog rescue, feel free to email if anytime happy.gif

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Re: Best Food for Bullies

This is of course the $million dollar question$ & there are lots of good foods out there. Was she doing fine on the Natural Balance? If so, maybe switch her back to that & if she truely needs to shed a few pounds, you can substitute a small amount of her kibble with greens beans, they are a great filler and an easy wa y to help her take off a little weight if she truely needs to. I feed my bullys Pinnacle brand kibble (the trout and sweet potato variety) but they have other protein sources available they are grain free. I am with Nor Cal Bulldog rescue, feel free to email if anytime happy.gif

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I prefer the raw diet

But it can get expensive so I rotate between kibble, canned, and raw. I do not like the Royal Canin ingredients. Grain-free is the way to go with Bulldogs. I feed my dogs Nature's Variety, and I have heard some good things about Wellness and Touch of the Wild.

I prefer the raw diet

But it can get expensive so I rotate between kibble, canned, and raw. I do not like the Royal Canin ingredients. Grain-free is the way to go with Bulldogs. I feed my dogs Nature's Variety, and I have heard some good things about Wellness and Touch of the Wild.

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Thanks!

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Thanks!

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Taste of the Wild

Our breeder gave us a bag of Taste of the Wild (Salmon flavor) when Tank was a pup. He loves it and its grain free.
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Taste of the Wild

Our breeder gave us a bag of Taste of the Wild (Salmon flavor) when Tank was a pup. He loves it and its grain free.
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