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    Hi Everyone,

    My wife and I are new Bulldog owners, we have had our little baby Bernice for just over 5 months. We have had her to the vet already a few times other than her regular check ups. (being paranoid parents). We noticed that her hips click a bit and if you put your hand on her back as she walks you can feel her hips move in and out. I mentioned this to the vet and he said that they were "abnormal" and that at that age its too hard to actually identify it as hip dysplasia. She plays normal and she does not seem bothered by it at all! First question is, have any of your bulldog puppies or dogs at that age had that problem and seen it get better as they aged? Is there anything specific you requested from the vet to help with it, or is there anything I should look into?

    Second is we are having some soft stools. Some days they are harder, but they are usually always "soft serve". Gross I know, but I am sure someone out there has experienced this quite a bit. We have her switched off of RC to Fromm Four Star Beef Frittata, and was hoping that it would get better, but her stool are still runny. She has not been on Fromm that long, so I am not going to give up on that quite yet. We were feeding her twice a day about 1 1/2 cups, and just started doing 1 cup to hope and get that stool harder? Can anyone suggest ways to get harder stools. The doctor was made aware of this as well, but said they can stay soft for a full year. Just felt like that seemed odd. Thoughts, concerns, help?

    Thanks so much!

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    The hips could just be loose, and not displasia, only time will tell on that. I was going to suggest decreasing the food a bit, as that should help with the soft serve. Usually too much food will cause that. I hope since you decreased the amount of food that will help.
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    With the food, my EB didn't do well on beef frittata (loose poops) but when I switched to pork & pea his poops were solid within 1-2 days.


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    For the hips I would suggest salmon oil and joint supplement with at least MSM and Glucosamine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidh View Post
    The hips could just be loose, and not displasia, only time will tell on that. I was going to suggest decreasing the food a bit, as that should help with the soft serve. Usually too much food will cause that. I hope since you decreased the amount of food that will help.
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    For the hips I would suggest salmon oil and joint supplement with at least MSM and Glucosamine.
    agreed! cut back a little on the food to see if it helps.... her is a good guideline for amount/age


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    When switching the foods on Fromm will i need to wean her off the old food, or is that easy on their stomachs, if we want to try a different grain free food? Also, will the salmon oil help with both hips and diarrhea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomolson24 View Post
    When switching the foods on Fromm will i need to wean her off the old food, or is that easy on their stomachs, if we want to try a different grain free food? Also, will the salmon oil help with both hips and diarrhea?
    The great thing about Fromm grain free line.... you change switch without transition... you can even feed one flavor for breakfast and a different one for dinner. The salmon oil is to help with the hips....

    For the poo... lessen the amount first and see if it helps, if not, then you can either switch flavors or add a tablespoon of pure canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) to her meal
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    Thank you so much for the help! We will get the salmon oil and see how it works for her. Lastly, is the pumpkin a temp fix or will that help after they dont eat it anymore? Sorry for all the questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomolson24 View Post
    Thank you so much for the help! We will get the salmon oil and see how it works for her. Lastly, is the pumpkin a temp fix or will that help after they dont eat it anymore? Sorry for all the questions.

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    I give pumpkin every day with breakfast because Lambeau needs the extra fiber.... seriously, try to cut back the amount at each meal first and see if that works, could juts be too much food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomolson24 View Post
    Thank you so much for the help! We will get the salmon oil and see how it works for her. Lastly, is the pumpkin a temp fix or will that help after they dont eat it anymore? Sorry for all the questions.

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    Pumpkin can be used temporarily or long term. We've only used it for "problem times" and once its cleared up we stop. Also, I know others mentioned salmon oil which is indeed great. However I would not introduce the salmon oil until you have the "poo" under control .... bc that can make it worse (runny wise) Tyson didn't do well on the oil, just depends on the dog, it upset his tummy. I do recommend some joint supplements; which you can start at any time really as they are wafers, and most dogs love them and consider them treats. Mine does, LOL We have used Nujoint and Consequin. Feel free to research, just be sure they have MSM and Glucosamine. She is still young so she may end up growing into her hips, etc. Christine answered your other question on the switch. If its within Fromms' grain free line you don't have to do a slow transition. If you are going to try a whole new food, then yes absolutely... and I would span the transition out a minimum of a full 7 days if possible. Keep us posted on her progress! She's a cutie!

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    Thanks for that! Yeah we have already weaned her off the RC, which we did over a week span of slow increments. Hoping the lower dose helps! I will certainly look into the joint pills so that we can start her on those "treats". Hoping its not long term with the hips!!! Again, doesnt seem to be bothering her which is good, but just scared long term with arthritis and all that! Thanks again!!!

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