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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.
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NutriSource dog food

Started by Lori, Daphne, Lucy & Pippa. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

Karen, I have a friend who has a mini Doodle as I do. She asked me about food and of course I told her about this website and info. However, she already feeds Nutrisource which is available in the same store where I purchase my Zignature. Everything…Continue

Total loss of appetite

Started by Courtney Sykes. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 10 hours ago. 17 Replies

Hi! I am posting for insight or suggestions but we are taking our 1 year old golden doodle, Lorenzo, to the LSU vet school today. Of course it is a long story so I'll try to hit the highlights. Enzo has been eating Science Diet since a pup as…Continue

What should I feed this puppy?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie yesterday. 32 Replies

17 weeks old, 27 pounds per report. They've been feeding her Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy and I know that's not on the list. She said that other food gave her diarrhea. I know I'm not supposed to change food for 2 weeks (is it the same if it's not an…Continue

Stinky doggy toots

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle yesterday. 19 Replies

I have a dumb question, and I think I know the answer, but thought I'd throw it out there. Maggie is on the most expensive dog food of any dog I've ever had (Nature's Variety Raw Instinct for reference) and she has the stinkiest doggy toots of any…Continue

Dog/puppy feeding amount calculator

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Sunday. 19 Replies

A while ago I made an excel sheet to calculate feeding amounts.  I made a web version to share so anyone can use it :)  It's especially useful for puppies since they grow so quickly it's hard to keep up with how much to feed them on a weekly…Continue

Taurine Deficiency

Started by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Sunday. 103 Replies

Saw this in Doodle Family on FB and wanted the experts opinion.Grain-Free Feeders - PLEASE READ:We all know how difficult it is to make decisions regarding diet for our pets. I am sharing this information not to add additional worry or concern but…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Saturday. 504 Replies

I ran this idea by Karen this morning and she thought it would be a good idea, so...This discussion is for current recall information only. In the interest of staying informed without unnecessary panic please try to verify with a credible source…Continue

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Advice on 6mo old Goldendoodle Diet Change

Started by Harpreet Singh. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Friday. 11 Replies

Hi,I am new to DK and have been reading through the forums. I have a 6 month old goldendoodle mini named Dexter. He has been doing quite well and growing appropriately. We purchased him from a breeder and got him at 9 weeks. He was being fed…Continue

Wanted: Photos of Your Dogs With Pet Food Bags, Please!

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Cindy and Olive (Ollie) on Friday. 31 Replies

Dear Food Groupies, In light of recent news about Champion selling through Petco, and the rumors that the company may be sold to Nestle-Purina, I think it might be time to change the photo in our Recommended Brands section. Cute as it is, if I have…Continue

Crumps Naturals?

Started by Josh Adams. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Friday. 3 Replies

Has anyone heard or tried this brand before?Our local pet store carries their mini trainers (snap apart treats) and swears by them. She's met the owner of the company several times. It's a Canadian family-owned company. The sample we got was their…Continue

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Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on March 20, 2019 at 6:08am

Thanks Laurie. Target also sells a line of Barkbox treats and donates the profits to local shelters and rescues. I just worry that if I say you can buy good treats at Target, people will end up with Beggin' Strips, lol. Nobody seems to read anything any more.

Comment by Laurie, Fudge, and Vern on March 20, 2019 at 6:04am

I wanted to let everyone know that Target nows sells Old Mother Hubbard treats.

Comment by Minda and Callie on February 19, 2019 at 12:49pm

Thank you Karen and Laura!

Comment by Laura and Angus on February 19, 2019 at 11:58am

I'm gonna throw it out there that our pup really enjoys green beans (canned). We put those, mashed sweet potato, or canned carrots on his food and he really likes that. Our pup isn't a big eater to begin with (he often eats part of his breakfast or skips a meal here and there), but he does enjoy having some veggies with his food when hungry.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 19, 2019 at 11:40am

Info from one of the many discussions about the green bean diet:
Reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on January 11, 2016 at 7:50amDelete

The most painless way is "the green bean diet", which has worked well for many people here. 

Green beans have only 40 calories per cup, so you can replace a small portion of the dog's kibble with a nice sized portion of green beans, the dog feels full, and he gets less calories. And the green beans add fiber, which is usually a good thing. 

For example, if you gave Yogi a half cup of the Pacifica twice a day and added a half cup of green beans to each meal, he'd be getting a larger volume of food (one full cup at each meal) but he'd be getting 65 fewer calories per day. (One quarter cup less of Pacifica per day saves 105 calories, and the full cup of green beans adds only 40, so the net caloric loss is 65.) 

Many people fight me on this part, but it's true: Most dogs prefer the canned no-sodium added green beans to fresh or frozen. I know to us, canned green beans are disgusting, but to dogs they are usually more appealing. Many people who said their dogs wouldn;t eat the fresh or frozen green beans were amazed when they tried the canned. Even JD will eat them, and he is the world's ultimate carnivore, lol. It also helps if you warm the beans slightly with a little of the liquid before adding to the dog's bowl. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 19, 2019 at 11:36am

Minda, it would be easier to answer your questions in a discussion format rather than as a comment here in the Comments section. 
No need to change foods, just implement the green bean diet. Lots of info here about it in the discussion section of the Food Group. 

Comment by Minda and Callie on February 19, 2019 at 11:30am

My mini needs to go on a diet. My vet says he is about 4 pounds overweight. I was feeding both of mine Fromm. Right now Pork and Peas. I switched Henry to the diet Fromm and he hates it. He tolerates a few bites and then patiently waits for his sister to stop eating to grab a few bites of hers. He has been on it for about 3 weeks and no change on his weight. Any suggestions on a good kibble for him for weight loss until we can get out and exercise more after this harsh winter?

Comment by Frank & TeddyToyDoodle on February 19, 2019 at 7:06am

"My vet recommends them ( because she sells them) but I do not use them because they are rawhide." 

That's what I was wondering.  It says "beef hide" in the ingredients but I am not sure that is the same thing as rawhide.  I've never given Teddy rawhide products but he finally reversed some of his tartar buildup and his staples have been Greenies (he likes them but for some reason not the Merrick's), the CET strips, Earth Animal sticks, and Hundurs Fish Jerky Minis.  All offer some kind of abrasiveness which I think helped stop and then reverse the tartar.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 19, 2019 at 5:32am

Earthborn is a good brand.

Comment by Laura and Angus on February 19, 2019 at 5:30am

We have used Earthborn Holistic since before my pup was 1 (he's now 4.5) and they have a fish option called Coastal Catch that includes a number of different fish (herring, salmon, and pacific whiting). We go back and forth between the fish and bison mostly (he didn't love the lamb) to keep our pup interested. No complaints!

 

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