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    Default number of times you changed food until you found the 'right' one?

    hi everyone,

    out of curiousity, how many times did you have to change your bullie's food until you found what's best for him/her? stig's going to be on his third starting tonite, first loyall puppy, then orijen puppy, now going to try fromm salmon and veggies. i'm hopeful that this is going to be the last change because i feel sorry that he keeps on getting hives. he seems to be walking towards me lately to get a back and back rub!

    thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: number of times you changed food until you found the 'right' one?

    Honestly I am still trying new foods. I think on average you could change up to 5 times or even more. The trick is to be patient and wait at least 3 weeks to see what the results will be.

    You got Fromm, that is great. I would recommend the grain free surf and turf next, if that one doesn't work. Or is that the grain free surf and turf?

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    I have not yet decided that I am done switching and I have to say in Cuttys 4 1/2 years we have gone thru a good 7 or 8 diff brands of food. Now we are trying the fromm also but the chicken. So far it seems to be good but we havent finished the switch over so it will be a while to decide how I like it. If this isnt my fav then I will try diff varieties of the fromm. Chicken being the cheapest and also the protein the boys usually eat I figured I would start with that one. It is a challenge and I agree just be patient. Once you do find one that works stop looking. lol. We have had some that worked great but then I switched in hopes of finding the "better" food. If you do that you will never be done switching. lol

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    We've gone through about 4 different foods. Samson was on like Iams when we first got him. I knew Iams was no good. Switched him right away to Nutro's Natural Choice, think it was chicken and oatmeal. I didn't realize Nutro wasn't all that great. So we switched to Innova adult when we was about 1.5 yrs. Didn't do Innova for too long because his allergies really started to develop at that point. Thats when we went to Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish, he did really good on that but I recently decided to switch to Fromm Surf & Turf. Even though he was going fine before I have heard so many great things about Fromm on here and I know it is a better food so decided to give it a try. It's been about a month with Fromm and so far so good.

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    It wasn't until we joined this site that we realised just how awful the Beneful was that we had been feeding Maggie. We switched to Fromm Salmon n Veggies slowly over a period of two weeks and we are just SO pleased with it. It's like having a different dog so we've stopped looking! Although, I did just recently find out from reading one of @desertskybulldogs posts that I can change flavor as long as I stay within the FROMM 4* range so maybe I'll do that occasionally just so that Maggie tries different flavors.

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    I will let you know when we find the right one, it has been a challenge with Vegas, it seems like he will do OK for a while then he will get stinky and yeasty, this week I am going to try Avoderm lamb and rice

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    We're on food # 4 (the first three were awful foods that I feel super bad for feeding him for 3 years!). After joining this site, we switched to Nature's Logic Lamb (he has allergy issues with the beef and chicken, so we stick with the lamb). Horse is like a different dog now (it's been 3 months I think). He still gets yeasty from time to time, but I think it's from outside allergens because it goes away. I am wanting to try Fromm just because so many others love it, and I'm always wondering if he could look even better!
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    Default Re: number of times you changed food until you found the 'right' one?

    I am switching Bella over to Fromm Grain-free Surf and Turf, so far so good. This will be here 3rd kind, I have to be very careful. She was on Nutra from the breeder, then during weight loss we would add a can of Wellness puppy, but it didn't help. Once diagnosed she needed a grain free with a specific percentage of protein and fat: that is how we got on Natural Balance. Now Linda researched it for me and told be the Fromm's surf and turf would work well, She also recommends the Fromm classic for senior dogs for Abby and Sophie. When I went to the supply store to get some, they only carry the 4-star and Gold, so she said to me "there is no reason why they all can't be on this" Well yes there is for me, it is twice the price!!!! So I am keeping Bella on the surf and turf and I mail-ordered the classic for Abby and Sophie. I will tell you in the mean time, I have given Abby 1/2 and 1/2 and already see a difference in activity level and alertness!!!! I can't wait till she is on it 100% This will be about her 5th type of food.

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    I basically said to heck with going from one brand of dog food, this ,that or the other after my dogs breeder told me to flat out stop feeding her processed dog food. So she gets fed a diet of fruits, veggies and some meat (no beef, can do without the flatulence thank you ) And BABY FOOD, baby food is great for them and if you get the type with the chunks and not the puree even better. I figure I mix it with rice or some boiled , mashed potatoes or even cous cous and she loves it. Start with the small jars of baby food to find likes or dislikes and save $ from having large jars that don't get ate. Also Pepper gets either yogurt or cottage cheese daily, mostly at night, calcium they need for them big heavy bones

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    Interesting ideas @Victor Y. Finding the right food is tough and I am really tempted to just start making my own but, such is the speed of life, I haven't been able to. We are on our fourth food for Linus, who suffers with yeast, itchies, and a little fluff around the tummy. So far, so good on Nature Variety Instinct Turkey and Duck formula.

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    You may want to check the ingredient list on the store bought dog food you give him. If it has wheat or wheat by products you may want to stop giving it to him. It most likely is the cause of his itchies. Do he gnaw and bite around his lower legs and do you notice red welts and spots? That is from wheat allergy's.
    I put a large list of foods not to feed bullies on that thread.
    But I will add it here also. The list has Turkey skin on the list of No no's.(Skin allergy issue) Does Nature Variety have that as an ingredient? Most likely they do


    Here is a list of no-no's for Bullies. Abide by this list, in the end you will be thankful that you did.

    Chocolate (contains Theobromine)

    Onions & garlic

    Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides

    resulting in cyanide poisoning)

    Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

    Rhubarb leaves

    Moldy/spoiled foods

    Macadamia Nuts/Walnuts

    Alcohol

    Yeast dough

    Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)

    Hops (used in home brewing)

    Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)

    Broccoli (in large amounts)

    Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys)

    Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars

    Nutmeg

    Raw Potatoes

    Turkey skin

    Voltarin (in arthritis medication)-Very Fatal

    Baby Food that contain onion powder

    Citrus oil

    Fat trimmings (Can cause pancreatitis).

    Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system)

    Large amounts of liver

    Mushrooms

    Raw fish

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    Well, so far I think I've been very lucky with Gertie and Ida, or maybe it's just that they're still young and haven't developed any issues yet. They were each on less than wonderful foods when I brought them home, so I did quite a bit of research and asking questions on here, before I decided to try Nature's Variety Chicken and Brown Rice. They've been on it a couple months now and so far, so good. They like it, they seem to have no problems. I also add a little of this and that to their food, to try to give them variety and the added extras they need. I get a variety of canned foods in the same brand, different flavors, and I add a tablespoon or so once every couple of days. I also add canned pumpkin a couple times a week, yogart and cottage cheese a couple times a week. They get salmon oil once a day. They also really like frozen veggies and shredded carrots on their food.

    My St. Bernard, on the other hand, has been switched several times recently. He'd been on a REALLY crummy food and so I tried giving him the Nature's Variety and he had some sort of reaction to it. He panted and drooled and drank water like he was dying of thirst, so I got him right off that and tried Natural Life. That was great, his shedding all but disappeared. It was amazing! He shed so bad before, it was awful. Well, then I read the dog food ratings and it said Natural Life wasn't all that great, so we switched him to Kirkland brand which is what he was on when we got him at 10 weeks. It's a long trip for us to Costco, so we hadn't been feeding him that. Well, we've discovered, "if it's not broken, don't fix it!" The Kirkland brand is rated higher, but he's shedding like crazy again, so we're switching him back to the Natural Life. It seems to be the food best for him.

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