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    Default Scariest thing happened yesterday

    So yesterday, Henry was eating dry kibble for the 2nd time without being soaked. I added a bit of pumpkin to eat and mixed it up. Well about halfway through it he started walking towards me gagging a bit and leaned one way then the other and just fell over to his side with his arms/legs straight out. He may have passed out for sec. As soon as he hit the floor he threw up a few pieces of kibble and saliva and got back up and continued to finish his food. My heart hit the floor.

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    Should i continue to soak his food? I did this morning, i'm scared right now not too.
    Do you think it was just the pumpkin that was sticking the food together, and to just take that out of the equation until after he eats his dry kibble.

    He's on IAMS puppy which i desperately want to switch. The local pet food store only carries FROMM life stages and not the puppy formula. (i may just order it) I originally was possibly going to try life stages but with him choking on the smaller kibble, i'm not sure i want to risk it.

    He's still having soft runny stools on the IAMS only cured by a bit of pumpkin but that only seems to firm up a couple of his poops per day (he's only eating between 1-1.5 cups/day split between 3 meals.

    He is 11 weeks old and i've never loved something as much as i love him so i apologize if i'm being overly concerned

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    Default Re: Scariest thing happened yesterday

    Oh I know how frightening that is. Jake did something a lot like that because he woofed down his food. I'm not sure if Henry does this too, but it's a very common problem. We solved this by getting a slow feed ball and putting it his bowl.

    They do appear to pass out when they can't breathe. Often Bully's do this while vomiting too.

    As far as the food..Jake was put on Fromm All stages at 10 weeks. He came off Iams puppy food and directly (with slow transition) to Surf n Turf. We did change to Beef Fritatta because we figured out Jake and chicken are NOT good together! All Stage food is formulated for Puppies thru Adults. if I were in your shoes, I would make the switch to Fromm now. Just do it slowly giving his tummy time to adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    Oh I know how frightening that is. Jake did something a lot like that because he woofed down his food. I'm not sure if Henry does this too, but it's a very common problem. We solved this by getting a slow feed ball and putting it his bowl.

    They do appear to pass out when they can't breathe. Often Bully's do this while vomiting too.

    As far as the food..Jake was put on Fromm All stages at 10 weeks. He came off Iams puppy food and directly (with slow transition) to Surf n Turf. We did change to Beef Fritatta because we figured out Jake and chicken are NOT good together! All Stage food is formulated for Puppies thru Adults. if I were in your shoes, I would make the switch to Fromm now. Just do it slowly giving his tummy time to adapt.

    Thank you for your advice and putting my mind at ease. I'm gonna pick him up some of the fromm life stages today. I think im going to go with the duck and sweet potato. And yes he does sortof woof down his food. He doesn't really chew other than for maybe 2 bites then down the hatch. Should i still soak it for another week or so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevi204 View Post
    Thank you for your advice and putting my mind at ease. I'm gonna pick him up some of the fromm life stages today. I think im going to go with the duck and sweet potato. And yes he does sortof woof down his food. He doesn't really chew other than for maybe 2 bites then down the hatch. Should i still soak it for another week or so?

    We love our sweet Bully's so much, we all react like you did. It's a learning curve and believe ME...we have all been in your shoes! That's why we love this place so much. To be able to realize you are normal! Just for the record..not ALL of us are normal!

    I am not familiar with the Duck and sweet potatoe. Just make sure it's an All Stage Formula. I'm pretty sure it is...as you make the switch, keep adding a bit of pumpkin and if possible get him a slow feed bowl OR ball. We found the Easy Pacer Ball on Amazon. It was hard to find a slow feed bowl in stainless, so we went the ball route.
    The woofing down of food can lead to Bloat. That's pretty serious and we have lost a Bully here on the forum to Bloat.
    Make the switch by starting with 1/4 new and 3/4 old for 3 or 4 days. Then go to 1/2 and 1/2 for 3 or 4 days. Then 3/4 new and 1/4 old for same amount of days. Finally ALL new! Hopefully this will hlp his soft poo too. Good Luck!
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    WOW, I'm glad that I read this. I would freak if I saw that and be making a mad dash to the vet.
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    How scary indeed! You have great advice already so that is good. As for the food switch, if finding fromm is a challenge have it ordered. I absolutely LOVE having it delivered, using petflow. It really only takes 2-3 days to receive the order once it is placed. Free shipping. I am an online shopping junky tho. lol!!!

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    Default Re: Scariest thing happened yesterday

    The food sticking to the pumpkin could have contributed, try giving the pumpkin on a tablespoon, rather than in the bowl.
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    Default Re: Scariest thing happened yesterday

    Thanks everyone

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    Default Re: Scariest thing happened yesterday

    [QUOTE=cali~jenn;272775]How scary indeed! You have great advice already so that is good. As for the food switch, if finding fromm is a challenge have it ordered. I absolutely LOVE having it delivered, using petflow. It really only takes 2-3 days to receive the order once it is placed. Free shipping. I am an online shopping junky tho. lol! =QUOTE]

    actually @kevi204 if you are close to the area of where there warehouse is in (nj/ny area one of them the other is in vegas if im not mistaken ) its even faster . I live in Woodbridge, VA and my shipment takes about 24 hours sometime even less. its an awesoem place to buy food.
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    [QUOTE=tanito00;272798]
    Quote Originally Posted by cali~jenn View Post
    How scary indeed! You have great advice already so that is good. As for the food switch, if finding fromm is a challenge have it ordered. I absolutely LOVE having it delivered, using petflow. It really only takes 2-3 days to receive the order once it is placed. Free shipping. I am an online shopping junky tho. lol! =QUOTE]

    actually @kevi204 if you are close to the area of where there warehouse is in (nj/ny area one of them the other is in vegas if im not mistaken ) its even faster . I live in Woodbridge, VA and my shipment takes about 24 hours sometime even less. its an awesoem place to buy food.

    Oh Good, ty. I was originally going to get the puppy formula but i'm going to go with the Fromm all life stages, Either Duck and sweet potato or Beef Fratitta. They sell it at a local dog grooming store. They just don't stock the puppy formula.

    Is there an added benefit to going grain free, or would the Duck/Sweet potato be okay.
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    Hi, I also have a bully that inhales her food , Blossom doesn't chew, she wolfs it down, she has never choked on it, but I have always put water in their food. My Bulldozer, has a severe under bite , and his teeth don't meet together, so e eats slower , and I putvwatervon his food to makevitva little softer for him. I also find that my two don't drink a lot of water during the day, they drink after they've played hard, or after a walk, but I leave a bowl of fresh water out at all times, and they don't really drink a lot, so I figure if I add water to their food, they get extra water that way. We switched our two from a Puppy Formula to Fromms Beef Fritata when they were 7 months old. We also give them plain unsweetened yogurt, twice a week, we either put banana or fresh cut up strawberries in it, they love this treat, we also give them cut up apples sometimes, a hard boiled egg once a week, I give them cheese strings as a treat, as well as I buy the soft chew wellness treats, they are made from duck and turkey, my Blossom is allergic to chicken, corn, grains, salmon, and ?? We don't know what else, she is just very sensitive, she gets ears, skin, eyes, and chin, then we have to give her a Benadryl , and then figure out what caused the reaction. We also give them salmon oil in their food, for Dozer, I had to stop giving it to Blossom, she had a reaction, so I'm going to use up the oil I bought on Dozer, and try Blossom on either Cod Liver Oil, it coconut oil, and hopefully she can tolerate e one of those, I Like them to have the Omegas. We also put Appe Cider Vinegar in their drinking water, it is good for their breath, for immune system, kills bacteria, and very good for and joints. Theyb also get a cranberry pill daily to avoid Urinary tract infections , more for my female, but I figure it can't hurt to give it to Dozer too. All the supplements are natural, and things that are good for us humans, so they are also safe for the dogs.
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    [QUOTE=kevi204;272799]
    Quote Originally Posted by tanito00 View Post


    Oh Good, ty. I was originally going to get the puppy formula but i'm going to go with the Fromm all life stages, Either Duck and sweet potato or Beef Fratitta. They sell it at a local dog grooming store. They just don't stock the puppy formula.

    Is there an added benefit to going grain free, or would the Duck/Sweet potato be okay.
    I can only tell you that grain free is prob the best to go with bullies since grain is a common allergy in bullies. As far as duck/sweet potatoe thast something Henry is going to let you know if he likes or not some bullies refuse to eat stuff they dont like the taste they are just like kids!! lol

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