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    Hello I am a first time english bulldog mommy and I have a 1 year old bulldog named Diesel. Diesel has been on Royal Canin sine he was able to eat kibble . He has allergies and is beginning to get yeasty in his paws, I took him the vet and she recommended a food change or allergy medications. I told her I would think about it and after a lot of thinking and researching I have decided to change his kibble, as I prefer to keep him off of medications if at all possible. I have decided on a grain free food either Blue Buffalo or Natures Variety and am looking on some feedback on both foods. Also upon researching here on the website I know that the transition to the new food will not be easy on him, so I would also like to know how much I should be introducing to his current food before the full transition.
    Thank you

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    Hi and welcome to you and Diesel to EBN. I'm so glad you joined us. I'm going to copy a post from another member Sherry on how to do the transition from one food to another brand.

    Change over slowly starting with 1/4 new food mixed with 3/4 of old food with one tablespoon of canned plain pumpkin daily. after 3 days add a bit more of the new food to his diet. the changeover should take about 2 to 2-1/2 weeks even as much as 3 weeks . if he gets runny stool, back off a bit on the amount of new food.
    He's ready for adult food. I feed my pack Fromm Pork and peas, they are all doing very well on it
    keep us posted


    My two guys were also on Royal Canin from the breeder, and I knew it wasn't the best food, so I started doing research on dog food and nutrition, which is how I found this site. As it turned out my female Blossom has many allergies as well, she is allergic to chicken, which is a common one for bulldogs, salmon, grains and corn. We switched their foods 4 times until we found one that both Blossom and Bulldozer tolerated. We switched to Fromm's Beef Frittata, and they have been on this food for over a year, and are both doing very well on it. You can read the dog food ratings forum on this site, to see the different brands of food. You want to feed a brand that is rated a 4 Star or better. Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Orijen, and Fromm's are examples of this. You made a great choice in trying a change of food over medication, as this will be better for Diesel in the long run. There are some natural supplements that you can give him to help him with allergies and immune system as well. We add 2 Tbsp. of plain unsweetened yogurt to their morning kibble, this is excellent for the probiotics, which boosts both the immune system and digestion, we also add 1 Tbsp. of salmon oil for the Omega Oils, to their evening kibble, which is good for the brain, their skin, and their coats, and we add 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water everyday, there are a lot of benefits to apple cider such as its a natural anti inflammatory, it balances the Ph levels of the blood, and it kills the bad bacteria in the body, so it boosts the immune system, which helps fight allergies.


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    By Singing The Praises Of Apple Cider Vinegar on Jul 6, 2008 in Dr.Jeannie, Dog Health - Immune System, Dog Breeders Corner, Dog Heart Health, Dog Nutrition, Doggone Home & Garden Stuff


    Apple Cider Vinegar


    Apple cider is known around the world as Mother Nature’s miracle medicine, a powerful weapon in the war against aging and disease that is more effective than many high-priced prescription drugs. When God created this fruit He designed it be a food and a medicine!
    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is golden liquid concentrated with the healthy goodness of apples. It contains more than 30 important nutrients, 12 minerals, over 6 vitamins, essential acids and several enzymes. Moreover, it has a large dose of pectin for a healthy heart, and thus, healthy as a whole.
    Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in ACV to improve the health of your dog. ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine,
    phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in ACV.
    ACV is cheap, easy to use and it really benefits our health in numerous ways. ACV can benefit both people and their pets. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal and gives the immune system a good boost. As a high potassium electrolyte balancer, it remineralizes the body and helps normalizethe blood’s alkaline acid balance.ACV is the natural king of skin remedies. It is wonderful for itching and scratching pets as well as a superb skin and hair conditioner. Good old apple cider vinegar either straight or diluted 50/50 with water can be applied directly to the affected area and allowed to dry. It will kill bacteria on hot spots, eliminate dandruff, rejuvenate hair, skin and help sweeten and balance the pH levels in the body. When giving your dpg a bath, shampoo, rinse, then apply ACV either straight or diluted, followed by rinsing with water. Notice, any residue shampoo will be washed out and you will feel and see an increased softness and sheen to the coat.
    Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver, by preventing excessively alkaline urine. Put a tablespoon of ACV in your dog’s drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog’s urine.


    This powerful potion also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination, all the while neutralizing any toxic substances that enter the body. Cider vinegar has been found to ..neutralize any harmful bacteria that may be found in certain foods. While dogs and cats do not have to worry too much about the bacteria in raw meat, if YOU are in doubt, you can pour a little Apple Cider Vinegar over thier raw meal.
    Cider vinegar can also be beneficial for symptoms such as tooth decay and splitting of your dog’s toenails, which can be symptoms of potassium deficiency. Potassium is essential for the replacement of worn-out tissues within the body. This mineral is also important to soft tissue repair, as calcium is to the bones and teeth which makes it a wonderful supplement for senior dogs.
    Tests have proven that when potassium, in the form of cider vinegar is fed to livestock their appearance improves and their stamina increases.
    Cider vinegar is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, as a supplement added to your pet’s daily water supply (or poured over the food) or with compresses soaked in hot vinegar applied directly to the joints. It is also thought to be helpful when used to treat allergies, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, constipation, muscle cramps, colitis, diabetes, diarrhea, depression, dizziness, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, kidney stones, kidney and bladder problems, metabolism, and stiff joints.
    The supplementation of ACV has been known to naturally remove red tear stains from the inside out. It is also used by many to prevent fleas when used in a rinse for the dog’s coat.
    Recently, Dr. Louis Ducarre of Geneva, Switzerland, author of the fairly new book,Natural Cures, Natural Life states that when mixed with honey, apple cider becomes potent enough to cure cancer, heart disease and other deadly ailments .
    Natural apple cider vinegar is found in health food stores. It should be a rich amber color with the “mother” quite visible as sentiment on the bottom. The strength of vinegar is important. All varieties of vinegar contain about 4 to 7 percent acetic acid, with 5 percent being the most common amount. Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its tart and sour taste.
    There is nothing beneficial about commercial distilled vinegars except for pickling, cleaning and disinfection —they have no health value!
    Bragg, Paul and Linda, N.D., Ph.D., “Apple Cider Vinegar, Miracle Health System”, Published Health Science, Santa Barbara, California
    Jarvis, D.C, M.D., D.C. “Folk Medicine”, and“Arthritis and Folk Medicine”, Published Fawcett Publications, Inc., Greenwich, Connecticut
    Puotinen, C.J., “The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care” Published Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut


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    Hello I am a first time english bulldog mommy and I have a 1 year old bulldog named Diesel. Diesel has been on Royal Canin sine he was able to eat kibble . He has allergies and is beginning to get yeasty in his paws, I took him the vet and she recommended a food change or allergy medications. I told her I would think about it and after a lot of thinking and researching I have decided to change his kibble, as I prefer to keep him off of medications if at all possible. I have decided on a grain free food either Blue Buffalo or Natures Variety and am looking on some feedback on both foods. Also upon researching here on the website I know that the transition to the new food will not be easy on him, so I would also like to know how much I should be introducing to his current food before the full transition.
    Thank you

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    Our bullie had loose bowels on blue buffalo. I changed his food to acana and issue went away. I gave him a few pieces of the remaining blue buffalo as a treat and loose bowels came back.

    Charley only gets 1 cup food twice a day, so it isn't as expensive as it seems.


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