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    Question Proper Care & Nutrition Advice Needed

    I have 3 beautiful english bulldogs. Angela-(32 months), Hestia-(7-1/2 months), Athena-(5-1/2 months). I am very confused about all the info on the internet. I have been feeding all three dogs Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato and Fish formula. All three eat twice a day as bag states.
    Angela weighs 40.6 lbs. and eats about 3-1/2 cups daily
    Hestia weighs 45.2 lbs. and eats 1-1/2 cups twice daily
    Athena weighs 34 lbs. and eats 1-1/2 cups twice daily.
    my main concerns are
    1) Are the puppies getting enough nutrients????
    2) Hestia is VERY solid, for 7-1/2 months old, she is bigger & stronger than her mother (Angela).I am concerned about cutting her food back because she is still a puppy. Yet at times, she seems to be struggling walking. The vet said nothing is wrong with her bones or development she is just solid. If I put her on a diet to help control weight, will that hurt her development??
    Puppy food usually has 26-31% crude protein, 10% crude fat.
    the food i use has 21% crude protein, 10% crude fat, 5% crude fiber, 10% moisture, .05% docosahexaenoic acid , 1% calcium, .8% phosphorus,, 2% omega 6, .5% omega 3 and the ME=3310 kcal/kg; 350 kcal/cup.

    Any & all input appreciated.

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    Welcome,and sure will love to see your kids I'm just going to say hi,and will be interested to hear what our friends have to say...

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    I would say that you could definitely switch to a higher quality dog food - yours only gets about 3 stars on dogfoodadvisor. Also, its not a puppy formula, the calcium and phosphorus are a bit too low, should contain 1.2 to 1.8% calcium,1.0 to 1.6% phosphorus with a Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio 1:1 to 1.8:1. So it's definitely not one you should be using on Athena since she's only 5 and a half months old.

    I also don't think it's a good idea to continue on the same protein indefinitely, since they might develop an allergy to it. If your bullies are doing great you may not want to take a chance switching, but if you are, here's the englishbulldognews 6 star foods: ( I don't like Blue and Stella and Chewys from the list below because of too many recalls) (a lot of members here use Fromm Four Star or Orijen dry kibble or Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food):

    Artemis- Maximal Dog
    Blue- Wilderness
    Earthborn Holistic- Primative Natural
    Fromm Four Star Foods- All Dry Kibble Formulas
    Fromm Four Star Foods- All Grain Free Kibble Formulas
    Grandma Lucy's Freeze Dried Raw
    Go Natural Fit + Free Grain Free Adult, Puppy, & Senior
    Honest Kitchen Freeze Dried Raw
    Horizon Legacy- Adult Canine
    Horizon Legacy- Puppy
    Merrick-Grain Free Duck, Pork, Chicken, Buffalo
    Nature's Logic Natural- All Dry Kibble Formulas
    Nature's Variety- All Instinct & Grain Free Forumlas
    Orijen-Adult, Puppy, Regional Red, Six Fish & Senior
    Stella And Chewy's Freeze Dried Raw
    Wellness Core
    Wellness Core Ocean
    Wellness Core Reduced Fat

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    Default Re: Proper Care & Nutrition Advice Needed

    I would switch Hestia to adult food now. As long as she has a waist keep feeding her the same amount, and maybe a little more. If she doesn't have a waist, then I would cut back a little. We feed our adult female bullies 1 1/2 cup a day, (3/4 cup twice a day). We feed ours FROMM 4 star grain free food also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HestiaAthena View Post
    I have 3 beautiful english bulldogs. Angela-(32 months), Hestia-(7-1/2 months), Athena-(5-1/2 months). I am very confused about all the info on the internet. I have been feeding all three dogs Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato and Fish formula. All three eat twice a day as bag states.
    Angela weighs 40.6 lbs. and eats about 3-1/2 cups daily
    Hestia weighs 45.2 lbs. and eats 1-1/2 cups twice daily
    Athena weighs 34 lbs. and eats 1-1/2 cups twice daily.
    my main concerns are
    1) Are the puppies getting enough nutrients????
    2) Hestia is VERY solid, for 7-1/2 months old, she is bigger & stronger than her mother (Angela).I am concerned about cutting her food back because she is still a puppy. Yet at times, she seems to be struggling walking. The vet said nothing is wrong with her bones or development she is just solid. If I put her on a diet to help control weight, will that hurt her development??
    Puppy food usually has 26-31% crude protein, 10% crude fat.
    the food i use has 21% crude protein, 10% crude fat, 5% crude fiber, 10% moisture, .05% docosahexaenoic acid , 1% calcium, .8% phosphorus,, 2% omega 6, .5% omega 3 and the ME=3310 kcal/kg; 350 kcal/cup.

    Any & all input appreciated.

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    Agree with Dolly.... you may want to look into a better food, she gave a great list to select from, but personally I would avoid and product from 'Blue',,,, too many recalls for me.
    Earthborn is a great food too.

    Also, when feeding a high quality food, you feed less and they can go to adult food at 7-8 months.
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