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    Default Re: Need a little advice

    Basically I stay with fish, duck, venison and lamb. Just becuase I know she has had chicken, pork and beer previous and I dont want those meats to cause any flare up.

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    Default Re: Need a little advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoeysMommy View Post
    Basically I stay with fish, duck, venison and lamb. Just becuase I know she has had chicken, pork and beer previous and I dont want those meats to cause any flare up.
    Take a look at this food.... I think it might be a good option. Low protein and easy on the system, I knew a few pups that needed to be on this becasue of digestion issues and the did very well.

    http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/preference
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    -zoey2-jpg-zoey1-jpg-zoey3-jpg-zoey4-jpg-zoey5-jpg
    Heres my PRECIOUS baby!! Shes not spoiled any

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoeysMommy View Post
    -zoey2-jpg-zoey1-jpg-zoey3-jpg-zoey4-jpg-zoey5-jpg
    Heres my PRECIOUS baby!! Shes not spoiled any

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    Its that sweet face that gets me everytime!!-zoey7-jpg-zoey8-jpg-zoey6-jpg

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    She's a BEAUTY!!!

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    Default Re: Need a little advice

    HOW SUPER DUPER CUTE!!!! It's like she's wearing Kardashian-style make-up.

    Hope she feels better pretty soon. She's looking a bit skinny on that 2nd picture.

    Raw/home-prepared is the easiest for your dog to digest and metabolize because it can be tailor made specific to your dog and can be made free of any artificial stuff. You can also bring down carbs this way to the barest minimum which will help your dog's digestive function as dogs cannot process carbs as efficiently and they don't need it if they can derive their energy from something else designed to better fit their canid physiology.

    But, going raw/home-prepared puts the control squarely on your shoulders, so you have to know what you're doing with it to make sure your dog is getting the nutrients he needs and how to read Zoe's responses to her diet and be able to adjust accordingly, especially with her medical history.

    Kibble is a compromise that takes some of that responsibility on the kibble-maker so it makes it a lot easier on us.

    But, just like how we don't give Gerber or General Mills complete control of what our kids are eating and we just go by instinct and research on what we feed our children, we can do the same for our dogs and feel enough confidence that we are doing it right.

    In any case, going the DIY route is good but there are a lot of good kibbles out there too. It's all up to what you're comfortable with.
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    Default Re: Need a little advice

    I'm sorry that Zoey's been having these health issues I'm not really familiar with liver disease in dogs but did the vet tell you that b/c her liver enzymes were high? how is the fluid in her abdomen now...did it decrease? I'm just wondering if she can have some kind of malabsorption problem vs. liver disease. In any case, have you thought of doing some homecooking for Zoey? You can control the type of protein you want to use as well as the grains. I use steamed rice as my base and then add beans and ground beef (or chicken/lamb/pork), as the protein. Then top with some veggies like green beans. That is another option for you if you cannot find a good kibble that suits her. Please give Zoey a big old hug from us!




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    Basically they just went off what her blood work showed. Her albumin level was a 1.9 and a normal range for a dog is 3.4-4.2 is now back up to 3.4 so she is within normal range after I switched her foods and she was put on the medication. Many other levels were down as well such as her cholesterol and potassium but everything is back within normal range and looking good. I have not tried raw I would like to stay with kibble at this point, however I am not throwing raw out the window. Also the fluid in her stomach did go away!

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    Does anyone on here feed there bully TOTW or California Natural? If so what are your thoughts?

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    Maybe she just had a virus at the time.. who knows. Glad to hear she's better, and man, she's a beauty!

    I haven't had experience with TOTW but some here have.. just don't remember who... will try to find out.


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    @ZoeysMommy, the homecooking i mentioned isn't a raw food diet, but a cooked one. I have heard good things about TOTW and @sheshistory has tried California Natural and here is a thread from last year discussing it:

    http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...fornia+natural




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    I have had luck with California Naturals Kangaroo and Red Lentils - it's grain and gluten free and is also considered an "exotic" protein so not many animals have an allergy to the kangaroo. It's been working for my very, very allergy-prone dog, who takes cyclosporine (generic Atopica) every other day.

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