What to feed bullmastiff puppy?

Discussion in 'The Bullmastiff' started by Krazy4dogs, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    I have a 3 month old bullmastiff puppy. We have tried feeding precise holistic large breed which gave him diarrhea and we believe he is allergic to chicken. We switched to nutro limited ingredient and he is still itching and appears to have a slight ear infection. We did mix some of the first food in so that may still be causing problems. He does a lot biting of himself. Looking for a good limited ingredient healthy puppy food that won’t break the bank. Breeder had him on Fromm large breed puppy. They don’t sell it anywhere close to me. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.
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  2. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    Hi Krazy4Dogs, I bought salmon oil and add it to Zeela's dry food, which I do Nutro as well, it takes a few weeks to work and I do it believe it helped with the itching. It's always a challenge to find what foods work and don't and what they like and what they don't. Trial and error. Good luck!
  3. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    Thanks I'll check that out!
  4. kingmark

    kingmark Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about your little boy , try some food that has only fish for protein without traces of chicken maybe that will help.
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  5. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    A lot of mastiffs are allergic to chicken in foods, also grain, i feed wheat and grain free nut im in the uk so my food wont help, im sure someone will be along soon to advise you on foods thats accessable to you, with the runny stools it could also be the transittioning of the different foods,
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  6. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Okay, so my daughter has a half Dogo/AM Bully who is white and pink and has horrific allergies to everything except Fish and Rice and Fish and Sweet Potato, so she winds up buying a specialty feed from the vet that has these two examples. He's good on them, but it is expensive.

    Some here would suggest feeding raw, which is a huge investment in time and effort and a steep learning curve. (Also for me the "ick factor.")

    I suggest a visit to the dogfoodadvisor.com and look for something along the fish line for protein and of a high rating. 4 out of 5 stars, 5 out of 5 stars.... Personally, I feed Acana and the Beef/Pork/Lamb (?) mixture, BUT, I also cook her meat for her: she gets both. There's a lot to the science to creating a good dog food, especially, how the production is done...low heat production stops the production of acrylamides which are toxic to dogs. Orijen also creates a great dog food, and they have a very good fish formulation.

    We tried Bailey out on a lot of them, but she prefers mammal-type meats, so we are presently using the one listed above.

    It is expensive, BUT, it isn't full of fillers and undesirable ingredients of dubious sourcing, so you end up feeding less. Less if definitely more with this one, you are getting great nutrition. Of course, this is just my humble opinion based on a four-year-old Mastiff and she only ever got itchy with chicken-based kibble; however, she never gets itchy on real BBQ-style chicken. We get one from Metro every Tuesday and she gets several feeds from it. Loves, Loves, Loves to get her Cluck On!

    I should mention, before I get kneecapped about it from the membership, that we do not advocate for any particular food maker. We do suggest a visit to dogfoodadvisor.com, but again, with a stipulation. There are two levels there (I haven't visited in quite awhile, but I've been told), one level is open to the public, there is a more specific or premium level available for a fee, which supposedly gives you the company's owner's best bet or best opinion. Don't know, haven't checked it out. I don't know if "He" responds to particular inquiries, but....who knows. Give it a go, it's a great place to start.
  7. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

  8. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    Thank you for all the good advice!
  9. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    Thanks for all the good advice!
  10. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    Any thoughts on taste of the wild salmon puppy food?
  11. kingmark

    kingmark Well-Known Member

    Its ok you can try with that but acana is in the same price range so you could also try it and let us know how it goes.
  12. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I saw your post on the shout box. It's really difficult to hold a conversation there, so I thought I'd address it here. Many puppy foods don't have the proper calcium to phosphorus ratio for our giant breed dogs. I don't see those listed on their website under nutritional analysis. I would email them and ask for those numbers and then post back with them. In my area, Acana is significantly higher in price than TOTW. Do you have a price point you're looking for?
  13. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    Trying to stay under $50
  14. Krazy4dogs

    Krazy4dogs Member

    This is what they say regarding calcium Pacific Stream Puppy formula contains 1.3% calcium and 1.0% phosphorus on an as-fed basis.
  15. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    That falls within range.
  16. DenyMcKusker

    DenyMcKusker Well-Known Member

    Check out the BARF diet. Little pricey but I could not get MaxAmillion to eat any commercial dry/wet food. The BARF diet is awesome and he sits right by my feet waiting for me to set it down. I am learning to make it myself. I have the time so why not right? Nice bonding time especially since I drop some on purpose.
  17. Doglover85

    Doglover85 Member

    I feed my dogs raw and with table scraps. If you want a kibble diet I'd use diamond grain free as a good starting point. I use beef, deer, and goat meat I get from the family butcher. My current dog is allergic to poultry so that's out. I add in some lettuce, carrots, blue berries and any dog friendly table scraps from our meals. I do meal prep every Sunday. Just base the food amount to your dog's weight and account for any treats. I break up the meals for twice a day feeding. Basically a measured scoop in the morning and 2 measured scoops in then evening. I give her a large cow bones for her main treats at 20 minute per day intervals. As well as normal milk bones twice a day after her potty walks. I own a pittie heeler mix and keep her between 55 and 60 pounds depending on the time if year.

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