I've done some searching to try to get the answer I need but I can't even think because of the horrid stench in my house
Bird is a little over 4 months now. The breeder was feeding her Purina pro plan and after having her home for a couple weeks we started to slowly switch her to Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy food. She has been 100% blue buffalo for about 3 weeks now, I guess. She is happy, healthy, doesn't seem to be having any allergy issues, stools are fine, high energy and growing like a weed. But oh my heavens the ENORMOUS amount of stinky gas is killing us. From what I've been reading I'm leaning toward Fromm's but wanted to ask advice before we make the switch again. Also should we change gradually again? And is there one protein you'd recommend over another or switching them up?
Anxiously awaiting any and all suggestions
Hi Sherrie. I switched our two guys to Fromms Beef Frittata, when they were 7 months old, after researching dog foods, which is how I found EBN. The breeder was feeding them Royal Canin, knew this was not the best food, due to the ingredients list of corn, and other fillers. Fromms was actually our 4th switch as it turned out our female bully is allergic to chicken, salmon, grains and corn, so Beef is what's best for her. They have been on this food for about 15 months and are doing really well on it. Gas, poop and other digestive problems as well as skin issues are usually caused by a food issue or allergy. Your guy is only 4 months old, so it is recommended that he stay on a puppy formula, as puppy food has the extra calories, vitamins and minerals needed for rapid development of a puppy. You have two options at this point, you could leave him on his current food until he's 6 or 7 months, when it is recommended to switch to an adult dog food, and then switch to Fromms, or you could switch him to Fromms Puppy food, and then when he's ready for adult food, you can start feeding the Fromms adult food. Any switch requires a slow transition to avoid upset stomach and diarrhea problems, except when you are feeding Fromms, as this food is an all stages food, and also all their flavours are interchangeable without having to transition. If you decide to keep him on his current food, and switch to Fromms when he's 6 months old, then you can do the slow transition to Fromms at that time, and if you decide to switch him to Fromms Puppy formula now, you will still have to do the slow transition, (and it takes about a month for the old food to leave their system, and for you to see any improvements from the new food). But then when you switch him to adult Fromms, you won't need to do a slow transition as its the same family of foods. It can be frustrating to find a food that both is a high nutritional food, and that they tolerate, but once you do, it's best to stay with it. You can add some natural supplements to his food when he is about 6 months old, such as plain unsweetened yogurt, for the probiotics and digestion. It boosts their immune system. I add 1 Tbsp to their morning kibble, an Omega oil, such as salmon oil, cod liver oil, or coconut oil, this is food for their skin, coat, and joints, I add 1Tbsp to their evening kibble, and I put apple cider vinegar in their drinking water everyday, there are a lot of benefits to ACV, such as it is a natural anti inflammatory, it balances the Ph levels in the blood, and it kills the bad bacteria in the body, which also boosts the immune system. All of these things are beneficial, and prevent many illnesses and problems, and they are natural supplements, so won't hurt your dog.
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My dogs eat TOTW-pacific salmon. They also get a supplement with vitamins,minerals, pro-biotics. They hardly have much gas, and are doing well-so far. As long as all is well, I am not changing anything. I also give them plain yogurt-reg. about three times a week.
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Slow switch to Fromm, I use Pork and Peas / Beef Fritatta or Game Bird... But the Pork and Peas has been the best for my guys. The Beef and Bird are real good to but PnP is potato free which I prefer for my girl
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Can I suggest that even though your baby is doing fine on the food itself it may be the main protein causing the gas. Raven is on Merricks B4 Grain and her stools are fine but she was very gassy. I switched her from the chicken to the pork and the beef and the gas is all gone. Don't get me wrong here and there we do get some gas because of the cookies we give her but I can tell for sure it's the cookies. According to my vet a great deal of bullies do not do well with chicken. Either way, just thougth I would share with you. Hope you find the right food combo for your baby.
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Great suggestions. Thank you
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I had Winston on Blue Buffalo Wilderness before I got on EBN, and the gas was horrific He also started having loose it was pretty bad. We made the slow switch to Fromms and things cleared up right away!!!
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Kefir and yogurt help control gas as well. Harpea gets Kefir in the morning and yogurt and night and hardly has any gas at all.
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Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.
I ordered Fromms puppy food yesterday. Can't wait to start the transition, hopefully the air will clear enough to be able to have cognizant thought again
Thanks for all the help.