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    Hi everyone! I have an almost one year old bulldog named Sulley. When we got him at 5 months we were feeding Purina Pro Plan. I started to notice his wrinkles getting bad, ear infections, paw biting, etc. I found this forum and slowly switched him to Nature's VarietyInstinct Chicken and he got even worse...soft serve stools, red face, red tummy, etc. So I slowly switched him to Nature's Logic Lamb, while his stools are better his face, tummy, paws, and ears are getting worse. I am now thinking it might be the chicken. What do you think? I cannot tell if it's the grain or the poultry. I was thinking of trying Go Natural Salmon next, but that has oatmeal. I want to stay away from poultry and potatoes for him. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: I would love some advise on food

    FIRST, to EBN! Glad you came to us and joined. We will all be anxious to see pix of your baby bully.
    Our Princess Gracie, we THINK is allergic to chicken. Unfortunately most all foods have some sort of chicken in them and if they don't they have grains. We finally found Fromm Beef Frittata which is Grain free AND chicken free. It worked wonders for Her Royal Highness . Now whether it works for you or not that is another question because they are all different and it may take trying different foods til you hit on the right one for your bully.
    Anyway, there is an introduction area here at EBN where you can tell us more about Sulley and family AND post pix... hint hint!

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    There are several grain-free chicken-free foods on the market, but your right most contain potato. Canidae has two foods that might work (PureLand and PureSea). Innova Evo also has a red-meat variety that might work. Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and Sierra Mountain too.

    Another option (and might be your best), is to switch to raw. This way you know exactly what he is eating and it makes it very easy to pinpoint allergies. Most people start with chicken, but you could use turkey instead.

    Good luck!

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    Ditto what @BruceP said. Welcome aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon2bBullyMom View Post
    There are several grain-free chicken-free foods on the market, but your right most contain potato. Canidae has two foods that might work (PureLand and PureSea). Innova Evo also has a red-meat variety that might work. Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and Sierra Mountain too.

    Another option (and might be your best), is to switch to raw. This way you know exactly what he is eating and it makes it very easy to pinpoint allergies. Most people start with chicken, but you could use turkey instead.

    Good luck!
    As a raw feeder, I am going to second this. And the interesting thing is that if your dog is allergic to a certain protein in dog food, there is a VERY high probability that they will not be allergic to it raw. Plus the allergy testing for the proteins is not set up to test for allergies to raw. Gator CANNOT handle chicken in dog food...even duck gives him issues, but he eats raw chicken almost every day without a single problem.

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    Vegas was bad with open sores over a year ago, I did a food switch to Nature's Variety Instict Chicken...NO improvement, come to find out he does not tolerate chicken either!! I switched to Nature's Variety Instict Salmon and within 4 weeks, he was a new man!! No sores, no smell and no itching. You might want to watch chicken products. OH and WELCOME to the site!! I learned how to do a food change through this site as I was seeking the same information you are. You MUST get some pictures of Sulley posted as soon as possible!!

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    Dogswell makes a grain free potato free product called nutrisca you may want to try it comes I'm 3 varieties chicken lamb and salmon. It uses peas. also I don't see anything wrong with go natural salmon and oatmeal. Oatmeal is a grain but I believe it has a low glycemic index and is not a common allergen for dogs. I'm going to put Sarah on it. I know its a daunting task to find a food for your dog good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    Dogswell makes a grain free potato free product called nutrisca you may want to try it comes I'm 3 varieties chicken lamb and salmon. It uses peas. also I don't see anything wrong with go natural salmon and oatmeal. Oatmeal is a grain but I believe it has a low glycemic index and is not a common allergen for dogs. I'm going to put Sarah on it. I know its a daunting task to find a food for your dog good luck.

    I would be interested to hear how this goes! Please keep us posted on Sarah's progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    Dogswell makes a grain free potato free product called nutrisca you may want to try it comes I'm 3 varieties chicken lamb and salmon. It uses peas. also I don't see anything wrong with go natural salmon and oatmeal. Oatmeal is a grain but I believe it has a low glycemic index and is not a common allergen for dogs. I'm going to put Sarah on it. I know its a daunting task to find a food for your dog good luck.
    I just ordered the go natural, so if that does not work I might try the nutrisca salmon. Did you try it?

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    yes sarah is on nutrisca lamb now. ive had more sucess with that than with anything else ive fed her but i didnt leave her on it long enough last time to really see how she would do. (my bostons coats didnt do well on it) but initially she has done well. im going to leave her on it this time to really see how she will do. ive got the go salmon already so im planning on mixing them later on. good luck

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    Default Re: I would love some advise on food

    there are a few great articles on dog food here on EBN.
    Here is the link for the dog food ratings, remember every dog is different so it may take a few trials before you find the perfect food. Good luck on the journey, hope it is a short one.

    English Bulldog News Forums ~ - Dog Food Ratings at English Bulldog News

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    I've been in a simliar situation with my Samson and what has worked best for him is the Natures Variety Instinct salmon. Samson can't have chicken, turkey, grain and just recently had an issue with potatoes. Before he developed an issue with potatoes he did great on Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Salmon. I hope you find whatever works best for Sulley soon! Finding the right food can be such a difficult task! I've tried alot of different foods but those 2 worked the best for Samson.

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