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    Default New owner (adopted) seeking some food advice

    Hey Everyone

    My husband and I are just finalizing adopting a one year bulldog after the lady who originally purchased him decided she had no time for him. We are bringing him home this weekend and want to best prepare for him.

    We have an appointment next week with our vet to confirm he's healthy, as we were told by the original owners vet he was in good health but does have an elongated palate which we plan to address immediately.

    The other health issue she shared was she had some challenges with him and food. She said at first she fed him dry food (Nature's Domain from Costco ) he would eat it and shortly afterwards she said he regurgitates his food, and then she noticed he would eat it and would be fine the second time.

    So... She said she began soaking the food in water and mashing it with a potato masher. Once she began doing this she said he no longer has issues eating.

    So after ALL that (long I know) here are my questions

    Those with more bulldog experience what food regime might you recommend to start with? As I said we will have the elongated palate addressed if our vet also confirms it's an issue, and from what I found elesewhere his issue while eating appears to be a symptom of that.

    Would wet food work better to begin with? We're also thinking of going the raw food way, as we want to ensure we are feeding him the best food for him. When we had our last dog (a lab) we learned how feeding him Merrick and a combination of wet and dry was the best thing for him as we saw his coat and nail health improve significantly over the cheaper stuff like pedigree or Iams.


    Thanks in advance for help - I've looked thru here and just became overwhelmed with all the info.. we are very excited to bring our new family member home.

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    Default Re: New owner (adopted) seeking some food advice

    to EBN!!!

    I think soaking the food is an excellent idea, until you get the palate issue addressed. Both my pups had the surgery, and everything went well... raw is an excellent choice, but you can always check out Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor for food recommendations. I started my pups out on Fromm's for puppy, and they now eat Acana & Primal Raw Patties.

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    @stitch636 Welcome!! Congrats on adopting a fur baby....

    Pedigree, Iams, Purina, Royal Canin, Science Hill are all full of grains n chemicals. Never feed any of these to pets. You’ll be visiting your vet often n your wallet will empty as we say.

    If you’re planning going raw, just do it. Eliminates so many health issues, skin, yeast, licking paws, ears....I like @ddnene both my dogs were on Acana. Great quality kibbles! But raw is the way to go. First like mentioned you need to address the soft palate. Jake had his done last year n since he was on raw I didn’t need to change anything but thawing it out. Raw you can either buy it already balanced in ratio for meat, organs, bones, blood etc or make it yourself. Other members will help you out where to order online as I’m in Canada can’t help you there n they will advise you for a great bully vet also in your area. I also add Extra virgin olive oil once a day in their meals. bare in mine one pound per 50lb dog. I give a bit less as the get fresh Wild caught sardines as a lunch snack.



    https://dogsfirst.ie/raw-faq/raw-diet-for-dogs/

    https://blog.homesalive.ca/how-much-raw-food-for-dogs

    https://www.boneandbiscuit.ca/news/s...g-to-raw-food/

    https://dogsfirst.ie/raw-faq/can-dog...-much-protein/

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    @stitch636 Welcome!! Congrats on adopting a fur baby....

    Pedigree, Iams, Purina, Royal Canin, Science Hill are all full of grains n chemicals. Never feed any of these to pets. You’ll be visiting your vet often n your wallet will empty as we say.
    Yeah we absolutely would never feed him or any other dog that stuff. We used Merrick for Shadow and saw a massive improvement, but I've read how raw foods for Bulldogs seem the way to go.

    Other members will help you out where to order online as I’m in Canada can’t help you there n they will advise you for a great bully vet also in your area.
    Yes that's the next important thing we need to find, a vet that is good with bulldogs. Is there a good listing somewhere ?

    I also add Extra virgin olive oil once a day in their meals. bare in mine one pound per 50lb dog. I give a bit less as the get fresh Wild caught sardines as a lunch snack.
    Do you mean one pound of raw food per meal time?


    Thank you again for all the help- we're very excited, and I want to ensure he remains as healthy as possible so I want to do this right from the start.



    https://dogsfirst.ie/raw-faq/raw-diet-for-dogs/

    https://blog.homesalive.ca/how-much-raw-food-for-dogs

    https://www.boneandbiscuit.ca/news/s...g-to-raw-food/

    https://dogsfirst.ie/raw-faq/can-dog...-much-protein/[/QUOTE]

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    @stitch626 yes one pound PER day for a 50lb dog. My white face weighs 67lbs n lean. Nyala my brindle weights 50. Nyala’s fed only 1/2 ish pound per day as I’m keeping an eye on her. Jake gets 1lb per day. Again both gets only raw/veggies and fruits throughout the day which includes their treats. So you definitely need to calculate ALL treats n snacks in that one pound per day or you’ll have weight issues. Always better on the thinner lean side

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    Soaking the kibble is good - bring water to the boil, then pour so that it just about covers the kibble and leave to cool down (NB must be cool - never serve warm food!).


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    Welcome ! I'm going to post a link to this forum's recommendations on bulldog vets. It'd be helpful if you can post your city so members can perhaps recommend their vet or where they get their raw dog food from.

    Vet recommendations: http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...endations.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    @stitch626 yes one pound PER day for a 50lb dog. My white face weighs 67lbs n lean. Nyala my brindle weights 50. Nyala’s fed only 1/2 ish pound per day as I’m keeping an eye on her.
    @helsonwheels No wonder Nyala always looks so angry and concerned !!
    @oscarmayer Are the craft breweries delivering to your neck of the woods like they are in Ontario ? Because of Covid they are all delivering to the door in Ontario. Because I know Lala enjoys her beer LOL
    https://www.beerfinder.ca/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dollys Owner View Post
    @helsonwheels No wonder Nyala always looks so angry and concerned !!
    @oscarmayer Are the craft breweries delivering to your neck of the woods like they are in Ontario ? Because of Covid they are all delivering to the door in Ontario. Because I know Lala enjoys her beer LOL
    https://www.beerfinder.ca/
    @helsonwheels got you a link to Calgary breweries that deliver in case Jake or Nyala need a cold one.

    https://www.narcity.com/eat-drink/ca...ome-happy-hour

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    Our fave Craft Brewery is close by and they have been open for take out ever since the shut down began. I drive right by “MOMAC BREWING” at BB least twice a day. Hoping they can stay in business, ride out this mess.

    Who says Bulldogs can't fly?

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    First night with our new pup and either I didn't soak the food long enough or not enough water, as when he ate it he scarfed it down and unfortunately it came up soon afterwards.

    We took a break and instead tried canned wet food we were given when we picked him up today. Did a portion of the can at w time and this stayed down.

    Question is how much wet food is recommended for a dog? He is currently under weight by a few pounds (his ribs are visible) so we want to make sure he gets the correct nutrition.

    As for city, were in Redondo Beach, California... Los Angeles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitch626 View Post
    First night with our new pup and either I didn't soak the food long enough or not enough water, as when he ate it he scarfed it down and unfortunately it came up soon afterwards.

    We took a break and instead tried canned wet food we were given when we picked him up today. Did a portion of the can at w time and this stayed down.

    Question is how much wet food is recommended for a dog? He is currently under weight by a few pounds (his ribs are visible) so we want to make sure he gets the correct nutrition.

    As for city, were in Redondo Beach, California... Los Angeles.
    I would just go by the instructions on the label and increase it if losing weight or decrease it if getting diarrhea. Try feeding 3 times a day smaller meals, and in an elevated bowl. But why not try some dehydrated raw dog food like Honest Kitchen ? That makes a slurry too and is healthier since the food isn't overcooked like it is with canned food. eg. https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/gra...lusters-turkey

    Pasting the info on vets from that page:
    Dr. Butchko Veterinary Services
    Riverside, CA
    909-686-2242
    Veterinarian | Riverside | Dr. Butchko's Animal Hospital

    Vet4HealthyPet Advance Medical Care
    Dr. R.J. Kraemer
    434 South Tustin St. Orange Ca.
    Phone 949-899-6642 or 714-699-9680
    Dr. Kraemer Vet4Bulldog - English and French Bulldog a bulldog specialist

    Animal Clinic of Oak View
    Dr. Robert Fryer
    Oak View, CA
    805-649-4094
    Oak View Animal Hospital in Pelham AL | Vets in Pelham AL

    Blue Ravine Animal Hospital
    1770 Prairie City Road
    Folsom, CA 95630
    916-984-0990
    Folsom & El Dorado Hills CA Veterinarians | Blue Ravine Animal Hospital

    Rose City Veterinary Hospital
    Pasadena, CA
    626-796-8387
    www.rosecityvet.com

    Newport Hills Animal Hospital
    Newport Beach, CA
    949-759-1911
    www.nhahvet.com

    Banning Veterinary Hospital
    Dr. Ryan & Dr. Westbrook
    Banning, CA
    951-849-3864
    www.bngvet.vetsuite.com

    Abby Pet Hospital
    4508 E. Ashlan
    Fresno, Ca. 93726
    559-442-1127
    www.abbypethospital.com

    Family Dog and Cat Hospital
    Dr. Sylvia Zapien-Garcia
    135 W Lime Avenue
    Monrovia Ca 91016
    626-303-2300
    www.familydogandcathospital.com


    Animal Medical Clinic
    Dr. Kimberly Daffner
    2006 Artesia Bvd.
    Redondo Beach CA 90278
    310-376-0072
    310-276-0016 - FAX
    http://www.amc4pets.com

    Barney & Russum Animal Clinic
    2255 Boynton Ave,
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    707-426-1761

    Dr. Leigh Trout
    Media City Animal Hospital
    1509 West Burbank Blvd.
    Burbank, CA 91506
    818-839-2580

    www.mediacityvets.com

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