We've been pretty lucky as far as health issues go with our two pups.
Tess came to me as a garbage-connoisseur, a habit that was quickly kicked after the promise of daily meals was understood. The unwritten meaning: she has an iron stomach and can eat anything. Now the ever-spoiled pooch, she has a distinguished palate with no taste for anything green.
|"I'll eat it!"|
After a check for parasites revealed he had hookworm, we though they could be the culprit. Three weeks later, Ed was parasite-free, but not yet solid. Our vet then brought up food sensitivities. He said many dogs have trouble with different protein sources, especially chicken, and recommended we try a higher quality food with a more digestible protein source. He recommended Blue Buffalo Basics Salmon & Potato Formula.
The biggest issue we came across with Ed's new dog food is that Tess wouldn't finish the old food! The scent of the salmon is so strong (read: delicious to a pooch), she refused to eat unless we fed her the Blue Buffalo. How about that for a spoiled pooch!
All-in-all, we've managed to get pretty lucky, as bulldogs tend to have more serious food allergies (different than Ed's food sensitivities). I had done some reading on raw diets, in case we had to go that far, but because Tess is a therapy dog (our organization rules say she cannot be on a raw diet for human safety reasons) and I'm unsure I'm willing to put that amount of work into it, we still use regular dry food.
Do your pooches have a special diet? Is it necessary or self-imposed? What differences have you seen in their overall health?