You should always
consult a Licensed Veterinarian and/or Canine
Nutritionist first for
nutrition and weight issues. Only a
Licensed Veterinarian and/or Canine Nutritionist will be able to properly diagnose and treat your Bullmastiff.
What Do Bullmastiff Breeders and Owners Recommend:
The above testimonials signify only what the above breeders have
chosen to feed their Bullmastiffs and does not signify this site's recommendation as
breeders to purchase a Bullmastiff from or specific dog food to buy. For a list
of this site's preferred dog foods, please visit The Bullem Mall.
And since I know someone's going to ask me (the Webmaster) - this is what I feed or
have fed my Bullmastiff:
- Meals (Three meals with a total of 2 1/2 to 3 cups per day, pending the type of
- Eukanuba - he was on
this when I first adopted him, I wanted to move towards a more "natural" diet
which is the only reason he's on something different now. Unless otherwise
recommended, I put rescues on Eukanuba since it is easily available for the adopting
family and will not cost them as much as the specialized food I use for Hooch. On
Eukanuba, Hooch ate 2 1/2 cups a day.
AvoDerm - I liked
this dog food a lot for him and it did wonders for his coat. But due to the fact
that the last few shipments were bug infested (not AvoDerm's fault - bad storing from the
supplier), I have been forced to find another dog food to put him on. Getting this
shipped from somewhere else would have costed big, big bucks. On AvoDerm, Hooch ate
3 cups per day.
- Cooking - this didn't last. I hate cooking.
Canidae - This was "ok" dog
food for Hooch in regards to general health, but not so great for his coat. I had to
use extra supplementation for Hooch's skin condition. He was eating 2 1/2 cups per
day on this.
Innova Senior Dry - well, I haven't been too thrilled
about Hooch's coat with the Canidae, so now we're trying Innova. After comparing ingredients, I'm actually happier about the ingredients within Innova
Senior because it includes supplementation for the joints and other vital organs.
I've got Casey on this, too. Her coat (very oily and itchy) is the complete
opposite of Hooch's (very dry and allergies). We'll see how both of their coats do
on this. Casey is on 2 1/2 cups per day while she's on her diet. Hooch is
still on 2 1/2 cups also, but due to the lower caloric intake, I may up his meals to 3 - 3
1/2 cups per day if he starts losing weight. Will let you know how this dog food
works out for us! UPDATE: Hooch has been
on this for the last year and has done well. It's a good choice of
food and he was fed 2 cups per day on Innova Senior (he started getting a
little chunky on 2 1/2 cups). We are however currently switching to
a new brand after some recent reading I came across on pet nutrition.
UPDATE: For Hooch - see below. Casey did great on the Innova
and her coat balanced out quite nicely.
Cosequin - Hooch is severely dysplastic
so he has been on joint supplementation since I first adopted him. I found out by
fate - so to speak. Hooch, at 2 years old then, showed no signs of hip
dysplasia and we were about to start agility. Well, under the advice of Cindie
Waters of Waters Bullmastiffs, she suggested getting his hips x-rayed before doing any
serious jumping. Lo and behold - no hip sockets - on the Cosequin he immediately
went and no agility fun for us.
SynoviCre - Another version of joint
supplementation that my vet switched him to from the Cosequin. My vet says he likes
this stuff better. Hooch is moving onwards to 6 years old and showing some signs of
hip discomfort, but I think having him on the joint supplementation along with a proper
diet and weight limit has helped quite a bit.
UPDATE: Hooch is doing great on this supplement at 8 years old.
The Missing Link - I did not have to
use this supplement while Hooch was on the AvoDerm. However, since we were forced to
switch to Canidae, I needed extra supplementation to make up for the lost skin ingredients
that the AvoDerm contained, but the Canidae lacked.
UPDATE: Now that we are off of Canidae, we don't need this
supplement any longer.
Irish Mickey's Whisker Tonic - Love this
stuff! I've used it on Hooch and on rescues and it has done wonders for their coat.
UPDATE: Since we have moved to Wysong, we won't
be using this supplement either since all ingredients are already included
in the meal plan.
- Treats (I only allow two doggy biscuits per day, I cannot speak for my neighbor or his
- Three Dog Bakery -
All natural and Hooch really, really like their treats.
Pets Fifth Avenue - All natural and Hooch
really, really likes her treats too. She bakes them for me (because I hate cooking)
and sends them to me the next day. You can buy the package though and make them
yourself - it's cheaper.
- Fruit - apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, and tomatoes. I have to share when
I eat these things. He loves fruit and it's good for him too. Just becareful
about giving your Bullmastiff the acidic type fruits. It will give them diarrhea if
you give them too much.
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