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    I've had Lilly for little over a month, and I'm still seeing some issues with her. When I got her she was on Welness small breed formula. She was really gassy, and bloated all the time. I was able to control the bloating by getting her a slow feed bowl, but she's still pretty gassy, and boy do they STINK. I've NEVER in my life smelled such horrible farts...And to me, they smell unhealthy. She also has that tear stain issue, as well as itchy paws, and itchy face sometimes. Her ears also can get really nasty, and the wax build up can be excessive. They also have a smell to them. It's not all the time, but I notice some days are worse then others. All these symptoms sound like a food allergy to me. We also switched her to Merricks Grammy's Pot Pie food the first week we got her and is what she is currently eating. I was told it was good for their sensitive stomach, but I'm still seeing issues. We DO give her milkbones as treats, which I think could be causing some gas too...

    I would like to get her on a really simple kibble diet. She seems to be really sensitive, and I want something that is going to be nourishing and healthy for her. I feel bad because she's been dealing with it for a while I think, but we were the first to pick up on it. What do you suggest for a dog with these kind of allergies? I was looking at the Wellness Simple Food Solutions. I also looked at the Fromm, but I'm not sure if it would be a good choice for her. Any suggestions?

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    I don't think that's wax in Lilly's ears it's probably yeast infection, my boy's ears were chronically infected, after a round of antibiotics to clear it up this last time I now give him antibiotic ear drops weekly. As for the food part I'll let someone who is an expert answer that one!
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    I fromm. hardly any gas on it even. I am about to switch now cuz of miila being allergic to something although I think it is seasonal. Just trying to get her squared away but the boys have both done awesome on fromm grain free, no tear stains, gas or anything. You have to remember EVERYTHING they eat does affect them so yes giving milk bones is not good. Whatever food you pick maybe go with their brand of treats so it wont mess up her little tum tum. I buy assorted grain free treats when I buy their food at petflow.com. You will get much more help but really the gassiness comes from every little thing they eat.

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    Oh and as for wax, Mugsy the pug gets wax in his ears alot and it is actually wax. He has always had it since we got him as a baby and I just wipe them out with baby wipes. It could be yeast or wax. My bullies have never had wax in their ears tho unless there was an infection.

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    I would also recommend Fromm grain free. If she still has issues with itching, you might want to try nutrisca. It's made with chick peas instead of potatoes. A lot of bullies are allergic to root vegetables. Get her ears tested to see if it's a yeast infection and when that is cleared up try putting some raw organic (Bragg's is a good brand) apple cider vinegar in her food. Start small like a teaspoon and gradually increase to a Tbs. in her food. Helps keep the ears free of yeast, clears up tear stains and as a bonus it makes their skin acidic and the fleas hate acidic environments.And get RID of the milkbones! The junk from the grocery store is horrible. Find grain free treats made in the US.
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    I would try the FROMM puppy, and see how it goes.
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    Thanks for all the responses!

    Nutrisca seems to be some quality stuff, and I actually found a place around here that carries it. I like how they don't use potato's and use chick peas/peas. Seems like a simple blend, and I've heard a lot of good things after doing some research. They also have a lot of great treats that I can replace the bones with. Seems promising, I think I'm going to give it a go.

    But, I am curious to ask angelgirl, why did you recommend Fromm over the Nutrisca? Are there any drawbacks to using Nutrisca at all? Sorry if these questions sound dumb, but I am pretty new to these dog foods and premium dog foods in general. I just want to get the best possible nutrition I can get at this point. I really want to avoid the issues my dog Chester passed from. I'm certain is was his diet that did it, so I want to really take the time and find what works best for her.

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    Default Re: Trying to find the perfect food for Lilly

    @LiLlilly First of all look at this ... it was put together SPECIFICALLY for bulldogs ... http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...g-Food-Ratings

    You will find a lot of people on here using Fromm. I have never heard of Nutrisca so I can't comment on it and it doesn't appear in our ratings chart either.

    Don't worry about not having a supplier for the food you finally decide to change to because you can use Petflow ... they are FANTASTIC ... and when you log on and set up a regular schedule the delivery is free of charge.

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    I'm flip flopping between Fromm, and Nutrisca to be honest. I think I might just go with the From just because so many of you suggested it. But I'm still some what undecided. Still doing some research...

    Another thing I was wondering was what do you all think of wet food?

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    @Angelgirl GOOD to see you! Been a while.

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    Got my Fromm today, we just started switching out small portions over the course of the next week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LiLlilly View Post
    I'm flip flopping between Fromm, and Nutrisca to be honest. I think I might just go with the From just because so many of you suggested it. But I'm still some what undecided. Still doing some research...

    Another thing I was wondering was what do you all think of wet food?
    Also earthborn is really good too. That is what I am switching to right now to check itout. It is much cheaper than fromm and just as good. We will see how it goes... The pieces are bigger so could help with slowing Lilly down while eating too. I think you said you got a slow feed bowl for her already? (Forgive me if I am mistaken) I have never used or heard of nutrisca either so no help there. I have never fed wet food. Growing up we fed wet pedigree or whatever to our dogs and it was nasty, grossed me out. Now I know a good canned food is completely different than that was 30 years ago but the thought is just gone from my mind. So long as you get a good brand I would assume canned to be just as good as the dry. BUT once you spoil her on that you might never get the kibble back.

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