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    Hello! My name is Amber, and I am a new mom to the sweetest little bully girl, Molly. Molly joined our family on June 28, 2013. We've hit some bumps in the road since then, and I'm hoping you guys can guide me in the right direction and help me get my girl healthy.

    Molly has an entropian in her right eye, which is scheduled for correction in October. In addition, Molly has had a UTI, two intestinal parasites (Giardia & Coccidia), a bacterial skin infection, and an eye infection. I kept Molly inside, except to go potty in our backyard, until she was 18 weeks, and have only walked her in our neighborhood a maximum of 5 times, because I've been so scared she may pick up another illness else up. She has been on several different antibiotics (Metronidazole - Giardia, Albon - for Toccidia, Malaseb - for skin infection, Neopolybac - for eye infection). She is currently taking the Albon once daily, getting bathed weekly in the Malaseb, and getting Neopolybac twice daily.

    I have been feeding her Purina Puppy Chow (I know, shame on me, I didn't know any better, shame on me again for not researching), and I am thinking the first step to helping Molly feel better, is to get her on a great food. I've read the thread on this site, listing the 5 Best Dog Foods, and I am having the hardest time choosing which one is best for her. I know it's trial and error, but I can't seem to decide which one to start with.

    That's where you come in. Of the 5 foods listed below, taking into consideration the things I've listed above, which food would you recommend I start with? I am leaning towards Nature's Logic, but I really really like Acana, although I like their Regional line, but I think that is for older dogs, so that won't work. I don't think like their Puppy and Junior blend.

    Fromm
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    Nature's Logic
    Nature's Variety
    Acana

    Or is there a better option? Do I need to go "raw"?

    Also, do you have recommendations for keeping her parasite and infection free? The vet said it's just because she's a puppy, but I can't stand to see her sick. It breaks my heart.

    Any input, advice and opinions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much!!!!!!
    Amber
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    Hi Amber and to EBN!!! Food is definitely the place to start, I will tag a few members to help --- they will have some questions, but the best to do is avoid chicken and grains as most Bulldogs have issues with them.

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    first off take a breath and then i would try the fromm pork n peas for a start its an all stages food or you can try one of the acana singles line with limited ingredients. it has one grain but steel cut oats are a really good grain. thing with bullies is what works for one wont work for another. this poor thing prolly has no immune system so i would get her on a vitamin right away and a probiotic. duoxo ps shampoo and pads are wonderful for all things skin related. if you cant get that lots here use apple cidar vinegar rinse when finishing the bath. oh and diatomaceous earth food grade is supposed to get rid of parasites in dogs. i mix it in some yogurt and give it as they are not supposed to breath in the powder. i have to go to work now so im sure more will be along shortly to help.
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    Food can make a huge difference in our bullies. I use Fromm. Aubie loves it and does great on it. Anytime we've changed to anything else, even on the list here, she's had issues.


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    Thank you She's pretty cute right?!
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    Hi Amber and to EBN!!! Food is definitely the place to start, I will tag a few members to help --- they will have some questions, but the best to do is avoid chicken and grains as most Bulldogs have issues with them.

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    It is definitely trial and error I have had this journey myself....we all probably have....my prayers are with you!! HUGS

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    Thank you for all the info! I agree that her immune system is probably non-existent at this point. I started her on a puppy multivitamin but her breeder told me it wasnt necessary. Can you recommend a good vitamin and probiotic? I've been using Burts Bees shampoo, before this skin infection, but now she is on a medicated shampoo, which has really helped clear up the rash with only one bath, but she is still itching like crazy. Any recommendations for the itching? What do I do with the apple, cidar vinegar rinse? How much of each? Is there a recipe somewhere? She is on antibiotics to get rid of parasites. Are you suggesting diatomaceous as a preventative?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    first off take a breath and then i would try the fromm pork n peas for a start its an all stages food or you can try one of the acana singles line with limited ingredients. it has one grain but steel cut oats are a really good grain. thing with bullies is what works for one wont work for another. this poor thing prolly has no immune system so i would get her on a vitamin right away and a probiotic. duoxo ps shampoo and pads are wonderful for all things skin related. if you cant get that lots here use apple cidar vinegar rinse when finishing the bath. oh and diatomaceous earth food grade is supposed to get rid of parasites in dogs. i mix it in some yogurt and give it as they are not supposed to breath in the powder. i have to go to work now so im sure more will be along shortly to help.

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    Which Fromm do you recommend? It seems from what I have read, that a lot of bully mommies use this.

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    Food can make a huge difference in our bullies. I use Fromm. Aubie loves it and does great on it. Anytime we've changed to anything else, even on the list here, she's had issues.
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    It is definitely trial and error I have had this journey myself....we all probably have....my prayers are with you!! HUGS

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    welcome, and goodluck.
    A good food is a great start to a healthier puppy. whichever food you choose go slowly with the switch...as sudden switches will cause tummy ache and diarrhoeah
    You could also start her on some probiotic yoghurt...a good spoonful on her breakfast. mine love frozen yoghurt as a treat option

    There will be lots of advice coming your way....and Molly is very cute

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    First off :welcome to the site. As others have stated food can be the root of many issues related to our bullies so feeding a good one is important. So it is going to be some trail and error on your end but things will get better. Many members here myself included use Fromm's 4 star grain free food and have had great results. As for vitamins you have several choices there as well. Many members user either NuVet or HardyPet Complete. Both are good so another tough decision you will have to make. As for probiotics and such... Plain yogurt or Kefir. Molly will love you for it.
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    Welcome to EBN! Your girl looks precious and I can totally understand your worry. I feed raw, so naturally I think that's the best, but cowsmom knows all kibble...
    I also think that she needs a strong dose of pro- and pre-biotics to help her immune system. Her own good bacteria must be long gone with those antibiotics. IF her food is good (and Purina isn't) she shouldn't need any multivitamins, but now that she's been ill, a little extra will do no harm. You can also wash a dog too much. Their skins natural oils gets washed away and that can cause the itch too. I wash my dogs 2-3 times a year and they do not smell, just that you know

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    Hi Amber and welcome to you and Molly. You have already gotten some great advice. I agree a food switch to a better quality of food will help wonders with a lot of Molly's health problems. We switched our guys from Royal Canin ( from the Breeder) when our guys were 7 months old, I chose the Fromms Beef Fritata because my female Blossom is allergic to chicken, salmon, grains and corn. The Fromms Beef is grain free, and my two guys have been on this food 11 months now and are doing really great on it. I also agree with Sandra ( Cowsmom ) that it sounds like she has a weakened immune system, whether it's from birth, or from being on so many medications and antibiotics, there are many natural ways you can boost her immune system. Start with a high quality food, limit or don't give any store bought treats as they like the foods are full of additives, fillers, and preservatives, we give our guys cut up apples, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, cheese strings, plain unsweetened yogurt, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots and when we want to reward them, we give them a few pieces of their own kibble. You can also look at the recipes in the Nutrition forum for natural and healthy homemade treats, that use ingredients like applesauce, peanut butter, oats, and flour, and are very easy to make with only a few ingredients. When you make them yourself, you know what's in them.

    There are also some natural supplements that you can give Molly that will boost her immune system such as we give our guys 1 Tbsp of plain unsweetened yogurt in their kibble every morning, this is excellent for the probiotics which will give her the good bacteria, and boost her immune system, and is also good for her digestion. We also add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water everyday, there are a lot of benefits to ACV, such as it is a natural anti inflammatory, it kills the bad bacteria in the body, so helps to boost the immune system, and it balances the Ph balance in the body as well. It has a lot of other benefits as well, which I will copy and paste for you from the forum. You can also use apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as a final rinse after you shampoo her, it is good for the skin, it removes the shampoo residue, and leaves the skin and coat soft and shiny. It also helps to keep them smelling nice longer in between baths.


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