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    Our new little girl River just turned 10 weeks today and we will be welcoming her home Friday. I've read a lot about the importance of a bully's diet and there seems to be some seriously conflicting information! We are keeping her on the breeder's dry kibble (Royal Canin Medium Puppy) to start, but what about adding supplements? Like plain fat-free yogurt, cottage cheese, canola oil and Ester-C vitamins. Is she too young to introduce these items to her diet? Or is it just too soon since she needs to get acclimated to her new surroundings? I don't want to overwhelm her with too much "different." Does anyone else feed their puppy these foods? If so, how often? I planned on 1 TBS of yogurt, 1 TBS of cottage cheese, 2 tsp canola oil, and 1 Ester-C vitamin 500 mg total DAILY (spread out of course, a little here and a little there mixed in each of her meals throughout day, but not mixing the yogurt and cottage cheese together that seems like too much dairy at once). Anyway, please help! Thanks! xx

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    I am soon to be bully owner, so I am interested in these things too :0)
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    We started to add supplements the few days after we brought Harlea home to give her some time to settle in to her new surroundings. Not sure about Canola oil as I have no experience with it other than cooking but we use coconut oil daily. We introduced things like yogurt, HardyPet, fruits and veggies and Kefir slowly and individually in case she had a reaction so we wold know exactly why caused it. As far as how often.... That is up to each individual. We give Harlea her HardyPet in the morning, Kefir or yogurt 2x a day morning/bedtime and 1 tsp of coconut oil with her dinner in addition to scattered fruits and veggies as treats throughout the day. Her absolute favorites are bananas and red bell peppers. The general rule of thumb is to not introduce more than one new thing a day or ever few days.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    I have been wondering this too. Right now Cue just gets her dry kibble twice a day and carrots or frozen green beans as treats but I am curious about yogurt and coconut oil. She has tried both of these things and loves them but should she be getting them regularly? Also what kind of yogurt? We always have plain greek yogurt in the house... is that ok for her?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeB View Post
    I have been wondering this too. Right now Cue just gets her dry kibble twice a day and carrots or frozen green beans as treats but I am curious about yogurt and coconut oil. She has tried both of these things and loves them but should she be getting them regularly? Also what kind of yogurt? We always have plain greek yogurt in the house... is that ok for her?
    We have been giving Harlea the yogurt and coconut oil daily for months now without any issue. The side benefit of giving a bit of yogurt daily is it will help reduce the their gas even further.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine91 View Post
    We have been giving Harlea the yogurt and coconut oil daily for months now without any issue. The side benefit of giving a bit of yogurt daily is it will help reduce the their gas even further.
    I had read that about the yogurt which is why I wanted to try it lol She had some nasty ones while we were switching her food over, but they seem to be better now. Thanks!
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    @ColeB No problem. That's what we are here for. Harlea passes gas so infrequently that when she does she scares herself now. lol
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    I was doing NuVet Plus since I got Ace but recently stopped. I'm trying to pin point Ace's shedding, so I'm currently in the process of switching foods. I also used Grizzly Salmon oil, which I've also stopped for the same reason.
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    We have been giving June yogurt pretty much since we brought her home. We put it in her Kong toy and freeze it and it keeps her busy. She actually has one right now haha. Sometimes we mix it into her food. Otherwise we give her frozen green beans, bell pepper and apples as treats. She loves all of them. She's also never had an issue with gas. I can probably count on 1 hand how many times she has has gas from her rear end. Burping is another story! Almost every single time she eats or drinks she lets out a hugeeee burp hahahah!

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