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    The stuff that the old owners gave us was $8 for a 40lb bag. Talk about cheap. I was thinking of switching back to Iams (since what I bought is a bit too big for my pug). I would have to talk to the off base vet today about it. But food doesn't seem to be the problem. It happened right after his walk. We seriously walked on the patio and I saw it when I was taking his harness off. He does like to get into stuff, but we have to find out later on today.
    Food wise for dogs...it's Iams, Pedigree, Natural...something, a cheap brand, Science Diet (I think just small bags though)...and that's about it. Off base food is double what we pay on base. Mostly the Japanese carry Iams and tons of Pedigree stuff.
    The hives have gone down since last night. There are some bumps and his back legs still have some swelling. But like I said, have to wait to see the vet today. Thanks again!

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    Welcome! Maybe u could order the food online. I agree with everyone food is a big issue and iams and pedigree are not good at all. Best if luck and keep us updated

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    I was going to say that if it looks like little cysts, it could very well be hives. If it is an on-going problem, my suggestion (along with the benedryl) would be to wipe him down with a clean, wet cloth or a baby wipe after every walk just to make sure it isn't something in the grass. However, we just went through this with our guy and the vet suggested that, for us, it was unlikely to be an environmental allergy (which usually will manifest with a rash and not hives) but more likely something in his system. Meaning a bug bite of some kind or could possibly be food related.If it is a bug bite or something along those lines, they will go away with the benedryl and it will be over. If it is an ongoing problem, finding the source is important or it will continue to happen. Good luck and enjoy your bully!

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    Hi. I am late chiming in on this, but my bullie, Chaos, just got over and is still being treated for a rash that looks identical to that. It was everywhere from his neck to his bottom and all over the insides of his legs. It was a staph infection and he was given an antibiodic and a medicated shampoo. His is almost completely cleared up.
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    Our baby will get the red rash after he's been playing or rolling in the grass, some have said theirs will get it after being in wet grass.. The bumps I haven't ever dealt with. Can u have food shipped there, or could the vet order some for u? A lot of people here order from petflow.com. I feed lex avoderm grain free salmon and potato and does great on it. Anything is better than pedigree I used to feed lex that when he was a puppy and can tell such a big difference after the switch. How does he do with the benydrl dies it help him any?
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    Hmm well if it came on so suddenly then you are probably right and it is something he came into contact with maybe. I honestly havent ever dealt with this either. As far as changing foods goes it sounds like you are kinda stuck. Maybe find out what the natural one is, I know there are bad foods that have that name and some that are pretty good. petflow doesnt go outside of the us I am almost sure so that wouldnt help you either. Might wanna think about raw food tho if you keep having problems. Might be worth look in into anyhow. Hope the bumps heal up fast!

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    He is so much better since he went to the off base vet. It is funny how he took five minutes to look over Bruiser and prescribed 3 medicines for two weeks. He also gave him a shot to help with whatever hives are left or to just help with the healing process. Seeing how it was after a walk, I am going to be careful. I think it was the fresh cut grass that did it to him.
    Anyways, I took time today to browse around to find 'good' dog food. I never put much thought into it. I wrote down every brand that we carry on base. I looked them up and everything was a 1 out of 5. I couldn't believe it. So I did some research and I wanted to know your thoughts. BESIDES the raw food, what would you feed your own bulldog?

    Top brands like Orijen are given to dogs. I guess show dogs or just if you want to give them the best. It is $66 for a 30lb bag. It is supposed to be the best for any dog. I looked up just for bulldogs and these brands came up: Wellness, Canidae, Innova. People who have bulldogs and suffer from allergies reccomended: Merrick, AvoDerm, Royal Canin. Royal Canin also makes a dry food just for bulldogs. Here is the link: Royal Canin Medium Breed Bulldog (24) | PetFoodDirect) I was thinking of trying the Canidae All Life Stage Grain Free Salmon Meal Formula Dry Dog Food (Canidae All Life Stage Grain Free Salmon Meal Formula Dry Dog Food | PetFoodDirect) OR Canidae Chicken Meal and Rice Formula Dry Dog Food (Canidae Chicken Meal and Rice Formula Dry Dog Food | PetFoodDirect). What do you guys think? I want to start with the cheapest. My husband is deployed and finding a job on this island on base is ridiculous. So money is a bit tight since it is just him with a career and Bruiser just went to the vet and will be getting fixed. Let me know. I greatly appreciate your thoughts.

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    I didn't see the other post for some reason until now. Anyways, cancel on the Canidae. I just read reviews from people saying that dogs die from eating this. It seems to be 50-50 with this food. I am struggling. Since 'lexterwayne' said AvoDerm, that is my next choice to look into. I just saw your post. Thank you again!

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    i dont kibble feed but a lot of bully owners i know feed orijen its 1 of the highest rated foods ,karen

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    Not sure about the royal canine personally or havent seen it on here much I dont think. Orijon is a great food from what I have heard so dont rule that one out down the road but starting cheaper is a good idea if money is tight because all that you mentioned are good foods and 100% better than what your baby eats now. Avoderm is a wonderful food, I was feeding it for a short time with no problems but then wanted to try the fromm so I switched. These bullies are all so diff that what works for one wont work for another so start slow with one protein and make note of it if you have to. After having changed SO many times in the last 3 years I wish I had kept a journal so I could remember what worked and didnt and why. lol. When you switch brands do a very slow transition like 3 old to 1 part new for at least a few days then up it to half and half. I always go wayy too slow but in the end is better for their tummies being so sensitive. Also once you are using say avoderm and maybe no liking how chicken is reacting you can switch within the brand with hardly any transition stage at all so I would start with one brand and work your way thru the brand before moving on if you feel you need to.

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    If I could, I would give my dogs the best. But there is no way I could afford Orijen and my husband (even though Bruiser is his) wouldn't pay that much for a bag of kibble. AvoDerm might be the choice. I am still going to do more homework on it. Thanks for the advice about keeping a journal. I have a memory like an elephant though. But it's better to be safe than waste money. Thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carebehr View Post
    Thanks for the advice about keeping a journal. I have a memory like an elephant though. But it's better to be safe than waste money. Thank you!!
    Well I wish I could say the same but can barely remember yesterday. haha Wasnt this bad until I had my skin babies and now well.... I give up.

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