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Food Change

Hi. I just joined. So I am today beginning switching over Sherman's food from royal canin bulldog puppy to Merrick Lamb and brown rice and apple. He has been doing some paw licking/ shedding/ congestion things that really seem to be from his food (at least the congestion).  He definitely has allergies because he has gotten hives twice now from what I believe may be the beef flavored heartgard. Anyway, I would really like to hear all of your opinions on Royal canin puppy as I saw that it contains wheat gluten. Seems dumb. Also some opinions to the merrick I went with. I can see already that he loves it cause he sits next to the bag and sniffs it. 

Ps- Sherman is about 4 months now. I chose the merrick cause it has very close protein/ fat levels as the bulldog puppy and also has ever higher glucosamine condritin levels. Also no wheat corn or soy.. Thanks. 

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Also

I was told by the pet store owner that a few of the foods I was considering have been bought out by low grade dog food companies causing them to become more "factory foods". These were innova,wellness and I believe canidae. Can't remember now but the merrick seems pretty good. We will see how he does on it. All I know is all I ever see is negative things about royal canin bulldog puppy. And when I saw that it contains wheat gluten that just seems completely ridiculous to me considering the allergy issues.  I'm no expert but after comparing ingredients on a lot of foods it does seem like the royal canin is just a sales pitch and that there isn't actually anything specifically good for a bulldog puppy other than the glucosamine. And like I said, the merrick actually has a slightly higher level. Any input appreciated. Thanks. 

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Royal Canin Ughhhhh

How can I put this in context, my guy CHAPO was sent to me on Eukanuba Lamb and Rice and well I live in Mexico and there isnĀ“t a whole lot to chose from. So I decided to go with the Royal Canin Puppy 30. Boy was that a mistake. After about 4 days he started shedding a ton, he began passing gas OMG; that was HORRIBLE, I think I had to pull over a few times so we didnt wind up barfing in the car. After about 2 weeks PyODERMA  and just a really overall bad, gunky down looking dog. I felt horrible and the vet told me he had Imunosupression due to the change of food and secondary to that he was colonized by staph. He told me that Royal Canin is basically just overrated and not really a specialty premium food as it is argued to be. We went back to the Eukanuba Lamb and Rice and with a lot of love and TLC (Antibiotics and medicated baths) we are doing a whole lot better.

Bottom line stay away from the RC puppy 30. I take it you live in the US or Canada? So you have so many more good varites to shose from. FROMM AVODERM WELLNESS BLUE BUFFALO, take your pic just not the RC.

Hope it helps.

 

 

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

We use Natural Balance duck potato at the moment...

it's grain free which really helps with coat, tear stains, shedding, etc.  There are a lot of grain free foods that are good, rice can sometimes be a problem but not always.  Just look for a 25% or less protein source.  Fish (salmon) is another good protein for dogs.  

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Thanks

Thanks alot i saw that today but I went with this merrick. It is 25% protein exactly. The RC is 28%. That was my main concern with feeding adult food was the numbers i guess u could say but obviously the RC is basically the same thing anyway I guess. I think calling it a bulldog formula is a great way to make people buy it even tho it doesnt even seem like it formulated correctly. I was thinking of going grain free. I will see how he does on the Merrick Classic lamb and rice/ apple first maybe it will help him. I see that it's rated a 5 star food which I wasn't really payin attention to those sites but now I am. The RC was rated 2 star or 3 I forget. Thanks again. 

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25% protein

is just fine.  Puppies should be adjusted to a lower protein food around 4/5 months. 

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25% protein Deb

Then I guess I'm right on schedule kind of. It wasn't intentional tho. I just can't stand wondering if I'm feeding him garbage anymore. 

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Wow

Sounds like a disaster. Yes I'm in the us. Yea I had a feeling this stuff was just crap because otherwise I would see a lot more people actually feeding it to their bullies. Thanks for the input I am looking forward to seeing how he does on this food just bout it today. I can already see he loves it just by the way he's woofing it down and keeps checking his bowl which he never usually does. (75 percent of it is still RC still of course) but yea, thanks again for that example.

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