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    Hello fellow bulldog lovers. It's been 10 days since whoppers EPS surgery. He's doing pretty good. I'm still feeding him mushy food and was wondering when you all think it would be OK to go back to feeding him his regular solid food? And also how much longer before he can start playing, going for walks and generally getting riled up again? Thanks for your help and wisdom.

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    Just cause I'm a scardie cat,,, I waited for his vet visit (we had 14 days as he also had entropian and nares so had to get stitches out) and so vet could give the ok. And then I was scarred cause now he had laid low for so long that I was afraid of 'over do'... He went nutzo that very day and has been fine ever since. Did your vet give a time frame? and Hanks food is soft so that wasn't an issue, but I tell you though, one other cool thing about that surgery for him was, when I did/do give him kibble now for his noonday snack, he no longer choked on them! That made me super happy..

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    The place he had his surgery at said no follow up appointment needed unless there was a problem. I called on Monday and the vet said whopper had one of the most elongated palates he had ever seen. He never gave a time frame on regular food and I forgot to ask. Whopper seems to be doing good and is breathing much better and drooling has subsided a lot. He does still hack up and gag every now and again. I'm assuming it's just still healing.

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    my paperwork said 4 days of soft food and 2 weeks of very low activity... I know one lady here lost her baby on the third day I think as she went barking and swelled it up.. Your way past that , but I would still be cautious... I know it's hard, but in the long run it should be worth it. Hank was a jerk by the 10th day, but I still made him go out on the leash as I just couldn't bear the thought. I will say too, that don't be disappointed if he doesn't seem perfect yet. It was still another week b4 I felt we had the full results. (meaning at least 3 weeks of healing)

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    I think I will give the mushy food through the weekend and start back on his regular food on Monday. I feed him taste of the wild so it is very small nuggets but whopper doesn't understand the concept of chewing. He is definitely improved from before surgery but I think you are right that he needs more healing time because he still hacks and gags from time to time. I am considering nares surgery as well. I know it should have been done at the same time as EPS but I hadn't considered until it was too late. That and sometimes finances won't allow for everything at once.

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    @versicolor My dogs haven't had that surgery,but I would be cautious when starting him back on his reg. food. Stand with him,and give him small amounts at a time. Just to be certain he can handle it-sure don't want him to choke. It he has trouble,better go back to soft for a while longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by versicolor View Post
    I think I will give the mushy food through the weekend and start back on his regular food on Monday. I feed him taste of the wild so it is very small nuggets but whopper doesn't understand the concept of chewing. He is definitely improved from before surgery but I think you are right that he needs more healing time because he still hacks and gags from time to time. I am considering nares surgery as well. I know it should have been done at the same time as EPS but I hadn't considered until it was too late. That and sometimes finances won't allow for everything at once.

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    Thanks for your help and advice.
    You could also feed elevated to help the food go down better. We feed Tyson elevated Its better on their joints too.

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    I now/again feed elevated thanks to your advice to someone else just a bit back... I had always fed him that way and then have no idea why I stoped but we're back on it so thanks for that reminder
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    You could also feed elevated to help the food go down better. We feed Tyson elevated Its better on their joints too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    I now/again feed elevated thanks to your advice to someone else just a bit back... I had always fed him that way and then have no idea why I stoped but we're back on it so thanks for that reminder
    You are most welcome Hugs to Hank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by versicolor View Post
    I think I will give the mushy food through the weekend and start back on his regular food on Monday. I feed him taste of the wild so it is very small nuggets but whopper doesn't understand the concept of chewing. He is definitely improved from before surgery but I think you are right that he needs more healing time because he still hacks and gags from time to time. I am considering nares surgery as well. I know it should have been done at the same time as EPS but I hadn't considered until it was too late. That and sometimes finances won't allow for everything at once.

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    Yes excellent advice and I appreciate it and thank all of you for the help. He is doing pretty good. Still some gagging from time to time. I really want him to have the nares surgery because he has some very pinched nostrils. But there is a very noticeable difference in his breathing. Much less drool, he doesnt get out of breath as quickly. I'm happy with the results so far.

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    oh good!! yes! I wish that the timing had been good to have both done at the same time (and actually probably cheaper) but it is what it is. I think that you will be amazed at the nares part as well.. Hank is mostly so quiet it's scarry. No more struggle to suck that air in.. I'm surprised that the vet didn't suggest, but again, it is what it is and you'll deal with it when its time.. Glad to hear things are improving And, everything with hank seemed all nice and fast but I was surprised that that 'gag' thing carried out for longer than I would have thought... None now though so your still looking good!!

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