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    Thank you all so much! The support on this site is pretty incredible I must say! The vet confirmed most of your suspicions that she believed it to be allergies as well. MY happiness that we were getting closer to a solution was dampened when her recommendations were hills scientific diet, eukenuba, and royal canin :-/ thankful for all of you I was educated enough (at least I hope so) to know these were NOT what I was looking for. I even asked the vet tech about blue buffalo after the app and she said she knew the vet wouldn't recommend it due to many dogs having diarrhea from the brand. Very frustrating as this was contradicting everything I'd read. Anywho, I was down to blue buffalo freedom grain free and wellness core when a shop associate offered to help me and my bf. we ended up with natures recipe grain free salmon, sweet potato, pumpkin... If anyone knows this to be not such a great choice break it to me gently as my credit card already isn't happy with me after this vet trip.

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    Having a bully really is quite a investment! .I've learned that myself w Brie. I'm not a food expert but I've read that grains are a huge allergen to bullies so grain free is a def good choice. poultry n salmon can also be allergy causing, but if Chunk has no issues w salmon then the food could be ok. I'm sure ppl w a lot more insight and knowledge will pop back here and give their feedback. Chunk is so cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanprarm View Post
    Thank you all so much! The support on this site is pretty incredible I must say! The vet confirmed most of your suspicions that she believed it to be allergies as well. MY happiness that we were getting closer to a solution was dampened when her recommendations were hills scientific diet, eukenuba, and royal canin :-/ thankful for all of you I was educated enough (at least I hope so) to know these were NOT what I was looking for. I even asked the vet tech about blue buffalo after the app and she said she knew the vet wouldn't recommend it due to many dogs having diarrhea from the brand. Very frustrating as this was contradicting everything I'd read. Anywho, I was down to blue buffalo freedom grain free and wellness core when a shop associate offered to help me and my bf. we ended up with natures recipe grain free salmon, sweet potato, pumpkin... If anyone knows this to be not such a great choice break it to me gently as my credit card already isn't happy with me after this vet trip.
    Lets pass the food question by @cowsmom

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! You said you were feeling "forced" because you didn't know enough. Well in a few very short days you did know enough when you went to the vet to know what was right and wrong! Did you get any other suggestions from the vet about the allergies?
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    Thanks. And no. Ill try to make this short but I don't know how many others have fallen in the trap of petsmart banfield but we did for chunks shots (he had had none when he came to live with us) and so we signed up for the healthcare plan which will be up in nov. yesterday we didn't even SEE let alone speak to the vet. We did drop off as they had no apps and they called and said it looks like allergies, the doc will take to us about food recommendations and possible allergy meds when we got there. The vet never came out. All we got was a printout she wrote on about food suggestions and his print out for the visit, no med recs either. We are DONE with banfield and will be looking at the recommended list for bulldog vets on here and go there next time even if the plan isn't up. Long story short, unless you count her lovely food recommendations and her diagnosis we suggested when we dropped him off, we got nada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanprarm View Post
    Thanks. And no. Ill try to make this short but I don't know how many others have fallen in the trap of petsmart banfield but we did for chunks shots (he had had none when he came to live with us) and so we signed up for the healthcare plan which will be up in nov. yesterday we didn't even SEE let alone speak to the vet. We did drop off as they had no apps and they called and said it looks like allergies, the doc will take to us about food recommendations and possible allergy meds when we got there. The vet never came out. All we got was a printout she wrote on about food suggestions and his print out for the visit, no med recs either. We are DONE with banfield and will be looking at the recommended list for bulldog vets on here and go there next time even if the plan isn't up. Long story short, unless you count her lovely food recommendations and her diagnosis we suggested when we dropped him off, we got nada.

    3 things jump out at me...He got shots (usually too many at one time and given too soon between shots)
    as many bullies develop allergies (and other problems) after getting their shots...his crap food causing a
    weakened immune system to set him up for problems and...change of location and type of allergens in the
    air.

    I'm very sorry for your poor experience w/vet & major drain of $$$'s w/nothing to show for it, so sad!

    Will suggest some things for immediate help, internally & externally...got to run just now but will be back
    to tell you...GOD bless!


    My 1st bully, Brutus
    RIP beloved boy.

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    Hello,

    So many good posts and while not part of the main topic of the thread, they are ALL PART of owing a bulldog. This forum will provide you will LOTS of information and overload. Everyone has an opinion. But when you get hundreds of bullie owners that share close and similar opinions it come very close to the truth.

    The truth is that EACH and every Bulldog is different. There are many shared and commonalities between EBD, but your bullie will be unique.

    No reason to jump to the top of the food chain list and get the 6 star just becuase everyone else is using, but certainly stay away from the bottom tiers. There are many 4 and 5 star brands that work great for bulldogs. You just have to find the one that works for your dogs. It does take time and patience.

    Now, here is my opinions, suggestions and advice.
    1. Stay away from Corporate dog food store Vet clinics. Find a vet that specializes in Bulldogs, not ALL dogs.
    2. Avoid chicken and grain dog food completely
    3. Continue to learn and research bulldog health and learn about natural and holistic choices. The vinegar alone as listed above is a 100% outstanding suggestion. But the pet food store and vet clinics won't ever tell you about that.
    4. Keep a log book of all indications and what ever minor changes you make to track progress.
    5. Disclaimer! Disgusting: check the poo everyday. Just by watching the texture and color of the poo you will know in advance if something is starting to change. Picking up the poo twice a day prevents problems from bugs and flies but you also will see any changes THAT day.

    Finally,
    Have a Bullie Good Day~
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    @Vanprarm I keep a shirt on Cleo at all times now this summer until her allergies die down to keep her from scratching her pits raw. She can still scratch but she doesn't break the skin plus, the shirt seems to deter a lot of her scratching. Also, lots of witch hazel to wipe him down. Good luck, I'm fighting my own battle this summer (also recent transplants and she was fine in WA) so I know you'll needs lots of it! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanprarm View Post
    Thanks. And no. Ill try to make this short but I don't know how many others have fallen in the trap of petsmart banfield but we did for chunks shots (he had had none when he came to live with us) and so we signed up for the healthcare plan which will be up in nov. yesterday we didn't even SEE let alone speak to the vet. We did drop off as they had no apps and they called and said it looks like allergies, the doc will take to us about food recommendations and possible allergy meds when we got there. The vet never came out. All we got was a printout she wrote on about food suggestions and his print out for the visit, no med recs either. We are DONE with banfield and will be looking at the recommended list for bulldog vets on here and go there next time even if the plan isn't up. Long story short, unless you count her lovely food recommendations and her diagnosis we suggested when we dropped him off, we got nada.
    I know it has only been a couple of days but how are things going?
    Abbey is looking for a forever home

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    Sorry, been a little busy. Chunks doing good. He's been completely on the grain free brand for a couple days now. He still seems to be shaking his head a bit and the fur under his neck seems the same balding wise but not really any worse. Maybe a few tiny spots on the top of his head and ive definitely noticed that the spots have some dry skin. I'm going to give this food some time and the old food to be completely out of system. He really has no other coat or otherwise problems on any part of his body but head and neck. I'm not terribly worried anymore knowing its allergies but I hope his coat starts improving as i want him to be comfortable and content and if he shows no changes I'm going to look back at some of the other food that were recommended to us

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    You are sounding so much more relaxed. I would give the new food at least a month to see if it is going to work for Chunk. Have you looked inside his ear to see if there is yucky stuff in there. Yucky stuff can build up in ears of allergy dogs quite fast.

    I don't know if you have seen this link but it tells you all about ear care. http://www.englishbulldognews.com/co...kets-and-Vulva

    Thanks so much for the update you both have been on my mind. Take care!
    Abbey is looking for a forever home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanprarm View Post
    Sorry, been a little busy. Chunks doing good. He's been completely on the grain free brand for a couple days now. He still seems to be shaking his head a bit and the fur under his neck seems the same balding wise but not really any worse. Maybe a few tiny spots on the top of his head and ive definitely noticed that the spots have some dry skin. I'm going to give this food some time and the old food to be completely out of system. He really has no other coat or otherwise problems on any part of his body but head and neck. I'm not terribly worried anymore knowing its allergies but I hope his coat starts improving as i want him to be comfortable and content and if he shows no changes I'm going to look back at some of the other food that were recommended to us
    Rebecca, sorry, I meant to get back to you and didn't! So glad Chunks on a grain free food, YES, it will take
    a month for the old food to get completely out of his system so it might take that long to see improvements.
    Patience, dear friend! I'd wait a month to see results...or not...before adding anything (stop treats for now)
    to see what the new food does for him and if continued allergy symptoms try changing proteins (meat source).

    For treats just give a little of the new food. Add foods back ONE at a time after a month has passed, waiting a
    couple weeks in between so you know what caused what reaction (if any). I also recommend giving meds ONE
    at a time for same reason, shots too.

    For coat improvement, after month has passed, try 1 teasp of coconut oil to food, once daily. Also, a slice or two
    of avocado (or mashed & mixed w/food) avoiding the pit (seed) THAT is poison to the dogs (like apple seeds are)
    but avocado fruit is not poisonous. I use EFA GOLD (coconut oil) from Natures Way from Walmart, organic, non
    bleached, cold pressed & pure. It is great internally & externally...you can put a small amount on the spots, it is
    anti microbiotic, anti bacterial, anti fungal, etc...kills parasites inside & out. The avocado, I used on a balding dog
    and his coat came back in, thick & shiny, the white glowed! His scabby sores healed up...it was amazing!


    My 1st bully, Brutus
    RIP beloved boy.

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    This happened to Loki too! We realized he was allergic to downy! From the towels we used to wipe his face and neck. Also I learned that bullies need sunlight and a lot of them can get alopicia (sorry if I spelt that wrong) his food and shampoo will also play a huge role too.
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