Everything you need to know to make the best food choices for your Doodles! 

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WELCOME TO THE FOOD GROUP - This group was started in an attempt to present well-researched and FACT-based information on the amazingly complicated and confusing issue of feeding our dogs. There are also many issues we would like to explore. We thought it would be helpful to put all of these questions, information, and feedback into one place here on DK where everyone can find it, contribute to it, ask questions, and learn together. 
WE ASK THAT YOU NOT POST ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRODUCTS FOR WHICH YOU RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF COMMISSION OR COMPENSATION. THANK YOU.

IMPORTANT-PLEASE READ "FOOD GROUP GUIDELINES" (below) BEFORE STARTING A NEW DISCUSSION:

We started this group because of personal experiences with many of the issues that are commonly discussed on dog forums regarding food, and because these experiences have led us to do extensive research in an attempt to obtain FACT-BASED knowledge of these issues, rather than relying on anecdotes, myths, and junk-science, much of it put out there by people who are trying to sell something. The 2007 pet food recalls in which thousands of dogs and cats died or were permanently sickened by foods that contained melamine from China substituted for glutens had a profound effect on some of us, and this group was started as an attempt to help educate others on manufacturing practices and pet nutrition so that they can avoid losing beloved pets because of unacceptable foods made by "Big Dog Food" companies. There are also many issues we would like to explore. We thought it would be helpful to put all of these questions, information, and feedback into one place here on DK where everyone can find it, contribute to it, ask questions, and learn together.  
 You can start a new discussion if you have a question, or you can continue in an existing discussion if you prefer. Please do try to use the search feature before starting a new discussion, though, to help eliminate duplicate discussions on the same topics. You can search through past discussions for a topic by clicking "View All" at the bottom of the Food Group discussion forum, and then entering a word or phrase in the box. You will usually find lots of info and possibly the answer to your question. There is a wealth of information here from many good sources.  

Products on our recommended lists have been screened not just for the ingredients themselves, but also for the sourcing of the ingredients.

Membership in this group is voluntary. Everyone is free to feed their dog whatever they choose, but it is assumed that you are here because you want to learn about better nutritional and commercial food options. All questions are welcome. Proselytizing, however, is not welcome. If you want to feed your dog Beneful or Ol' Roy, that's your right, and if you want to learn why those foods may be dangerous to your pet's health, we're happy to tell you. But recommendations for these, Iams, Purina, Hill's, and other products  that have killed other group members' dogs are not okay here, and may result in your being suspended from the group. Similarly, if you believe that the only proper way to feed a dog is with a prey model raw diet, that all kibbles are harmful, and/or that raw food or "holistic" diets and/or supplements such as coconut oil will cure diseases or health conditions, this is not the right group for you. We are fact based. Anyone recommending raw feeding or any type of holistic diet or supplement as a cure or treatment for allergies or illnesses will be suspended from the group.  

Welcome, and thanks for reading!
PLEASE NOTE: WE ASK THAT YOU NOT POST ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRODUCTS FOR WHICH YOU RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF COMMISSION OR COMPENSATION, NOR ANY LINKS TO ADVERTISING. THANK YOU.

 

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  • I saw this post today ....Fromm Family Foods is recalling approximately 5500 cases of its canned dog food entrees because they may contain high levels of vitamin D.
    According to the Food and Drug Administration, high levels of vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and death in dogs.
     
  • I haven't been on here in a very long time, but we just got a new doodle! Now our Sawyer has a baby brother! The breeder sent us home with a bag of Victor food, which she says is a very good brand. (She did seem very knowledgeable as far as breeding, parents were both genetic tested and checked for hip dysplasia).  I've just never heard of this brand before. Sawyer is on Zignature and has been his whole life.  He's been very healthy and is 8 yrs old now. I'd like to switch the new puppy to Zignature eventually (and slowly of course), but since we were sent home with a 5 lb bag of Victor, I'd hate to waste it if it is indeed good. It's grain free but I'm unsure of where it's sourced.  Thanks in advance!

    • Victor is an okay food. It's not on our recommended list, but it's not horrible. 
      However, as mentioned below, you must not change anything about your pup's diet for at least two weeks, so I doubt much of it will go to waste anyway. 
      Once he has been home for at least two weeks and everything seems fine with stools and digestion, you can switch him over to Sawyer's food. 

    • New puppy needs to be on the same food he came home with for at least 2 weeks then transition after, so I don't think your 5 lb bag will go to waste.  

      Congratulations on the new little one!

    • Congratulations on your new puppy!

  • Hi has Anyone use volhard nutrition food ?I have an extremely picky did I say extremely picky doodle six years old and she doesn't like any kind of food I switch I do things and she's like nope won't eat it she gets canned food and she also gets some liver and some chicken and she just don't like anything wondering if anybody's use this food and what they think of it thank you

  • Hi All, I'm moving my original post to the food group! 

    I'm new to this group and came across this website while searching for the best foods for goldendoodle with sensitive stomaches. I have an 11month old F1 standard goldendoodle named Meatlof, he's about 70 pounds now and he's not a "picky" eater but he does have digestive problem and we've switched his food from core wellness complete to blue Buffalo basics food (turkey and potatoe recipe). Turkey seems to be working well anytime we give him chicken he itches and scratches so much. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so what food would you recommend for a golden doodle with a sensitive stomach? 
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    • Okay, here's the link. You will want to go to the discussion and click "follow" so that you get notice of the replies.
      https://doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/topics/food-for-s...

      Food for Sensitive Stomach
      I'm putting this here for the OP.    Alexis October 6, 2021 at 9:17am   Hi All, I'm moving my original post to the food group!  I'm new to this grou…
    • Hi Alexis, I know it's a bit confusing, but we need this in the forum section of the Food group, where we can have an actual discussion. :)
      I'm going to copy and paste it into the correct section and place a link here for you. 

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