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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  • Hi Karen,  i’ll start by asking if a yeast infection in Andie's ear could effect his Appetite?  He is not eating most of his morning kibble but will eat his dinner.  Very few treats during day and only for doing what he is asked to do.  He has been to vet and we have been treating his ear for 10 days.  Thanks for your reply.

    • Hi Anne, it's very possible that the ear infection and/or the meds might be affecting Andie's appetite. You would expect him to balk at his dinner as well as breakfast, but the antibiotics can cause nausea, and that often seems worse in the morning. 
      However....I'm seeing this same thing with Jasper over the past week or two, and he doesn't have an ear infection or any other condition being treated. He balked at breakfast as a puppy to the point that he would only eat if I hand fed him, and he's just recently started doing it again at 4 y.o. No problem with dinner. I switched the "flavor" of his Stella & Chewy's "topper" and that seems to have helped with breakfast. Well, that and hand feeding his first mouthful, lol. 
      I do think they go through stages with this stuff. If Andie's eating doesn;t return to normal once the ear is cleared up and the meds discontinued, this might just be one of those stages. 

    • Thanks Karen.   His ear treatment stops today.  Will see what happens to his appetite in the next few days.

  • Karen- Wondering if you have ever heard of Fido-Vite? It is a supplement that our breeder recomended. I searched this website and was unable to come up with any hits on it. Our breeder claims it helps the dogs coat & helps ward off allergies. Almost seems too good to be true to me.

    • Yes, too good to be true. It's just a high priced vitamin that your dogs don't need if they are eating a halfway decent diet. Nothing in the world can "ward off allergies", lol. And any food with a good Omega 3 content is helpful for a healthy coat. 

    • I had a feeling! Its also quite pricey for a small bag. Thank you so much!

  • my granddog has elevated cholesterol levels and her vet has recommended just food for dogs metabolic support low fat food.  i know that just food for dogs is not on the oreferred foods list.  is there any low fat food recommended.

    • Riley has chronic pancreatitis (has to maintain a low fat diet) and she has been on Fromm Weight Management Gold and doing very well - it's only 11% fat on a dry matter basis.  

      Here is a short list I made when I was trying to find a new food for Riley last year.  Keep in mind these are the Canadian website links, I don't know if the formulas for the US are different.

      Brand Food Fat% Protein% Omega 6:3 Fiber% Kcal/cup Proteins Carbs Notes
      Acana Light & fit 11+ 35 2.4 8 368 Chicken, chicken/turkey meal, fish Lentil, pea, alfalfa Grain-free
      Fromm Large breed adult gold 14% dry 23 ? 3.8 377 chicken/meal, fish meal, duck, lamb, eggs oats, barley, brown/white rice (Fat may be too high)
      Fromm Weight management gold 11% dry 28 ? 9 334 Turkey liver, chicken meal, fish/meal, egg oat, barley, brown/white rice, millet, pea, potato Weight management
      Fromm Large breed weight management gold 12% dry 28 ? 7 315 Turkey liver, chicken meal, fish/meal, egg oat, barley, white/brown rice, millet Weight management
      Fromm Whitefish and potato 13% dry 26 ? 3.7 362 Whitefish/meal Sweet potato, potato, brown/white rice, barley, oat  
      Fromm Gold Coast weight management 13% dry 28.5 ? 6.5 341 Whitefish, salmon/meal, turkey liver, egg Lentil, pea, chick pea, flaxseed, alfalfa Grain-free, weight management
      Wellness Complete health healthy weight 12.5% dry 24 5 4 405 Chicken/meal Oatmeal, brown rice, barley, peas, rice Weight management
      Wellness Simple lamb/oatmeal 14.8% dry 21 2.7 4.75 406 Lamb/meal Oatmeal, peas, rice, millet Limited ingredient, probiotics
      Wellness Simple duck/oatmeal 13% dry 21 2.7 4.75 450 Duck Oatmeal, peas, rice Limited ingredient, probiotics
      Wellness Simple healthy weight 10.2% dry 26 2 6 394 Salmon/meal potato, pea Limited ingredient, probiotics, grain free
      Wellness  Simple salmon and potato 13% dry 28 1.75 5 446 Salmon/meal Potato, pea Grain-free
    • What a shame that this is posted here in the comments section, where it will be difficult to find if the question comes up down the road. 
      I'm going to copy it and put it into a featured discussion here where it can be accessed more easily. Thanks, J.

    • Hopefully some will find it useful!  I was trying to figure out if I could get as low as the Rx food, didn't quite get there (it's 8%) but 11% seems to be close enough for now anyway.  The one I wanted (Wellness simple healthy weight kibble) seems to be basically impossible to find around here I don't think it sells very well in our part of Canada.  Oddly enough lots of stores carry the canned Wellness but not kibble.

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