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




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 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.  

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  • Is there something going on with Wellness?  I went to 4 pet stores yesterday searching for Wellness kibble and the store clerks/owners told me it had been discontinued.  I was thinking of switching Toby to one of the Simple formulas (I'll get one of the Acana limited ingredient formulas instead).

    • I haven't heard or seen anything. For sure the entire brand has not been discontinued, lol. I know that sone stores don;t carry all the lines; it used to be harder for me to find the Simple line than say CORE or Complete Health. Maybe the Canadian distributors aren't able to get it? The stores buy from distributors, not directly from Wellness, and there may be shipping issues. It might be worth calling or emailing the company directly to find out.

    • Two of the stores were part of a chain (PetValu, I think it's Canadian only) and first store said they weren't sure why corporate had discontinued it but the other said that they were having supply chain issues. 

      Third store was an independent store and I spoke with the owner who said it just wasn't selling.  Petsmart likely has it but if the Acana food works I'd rather just go with that because our local shop keeps it in regular stock, the nearest Petsmart is a 20-min drive away.  Most of the stores seem to have Wellness cans but not kibble including my local shop.  She said she could special order Wellness kibble for me since she orders cans weekly from them anyway but I don't want to run into a situation where I really need a bag ASAP due to being forgetful or something and not being able to quickly run out and get it

    • We have a terrible time finding Wellness.  When we needed an LID formula we couldn't get it anywhere. When we wanted some canned to add as toppers to the kibble we feed (Orijen), we couldn't find it in stores (I either called or went to 7) in my town or in the town where we vacation. Needless to say we aren't switching our gang to Wellness.  When Clancy has needed an LID formula Wellness Simple was the ONLY one he would eat. Luckily that was a rare occurance but now that he has aged we are having lots of problems keeping weight on him so finding something new has become an issue.

    • I think it's maybe just not as popular as the others so the smaller stores don't end up carrying it.  Acana has limited ingredient formulas (both grain-free and with grains) and it seems much easier to find around here so I think I'll just try that out for Toby.   Apparently though the limited ingredient with grains is only available in the US so I'll go for the grain-free duck.

  • I think this might start a war!  Dinah was having itchy problems and it was suggested she be switched to a raw diet.  She only likes it if it's COLD.  Why IS THAT?  Some thoughts....she doesn't really like the taste of raw?  She turns her nose up...and wont eat it until it's chilled.

    • Itching has nothing to do with whether or not the food is raw. IF a dog has a food allergy, (and that's a big IF, because only 1% of dogs have any type of food allergy), they are going to react to it whether the food is raw, cooked, dehydrated, whatever. Think about it: Can a child with peanut allergies eat raw peanuts? Nope. Whoever made that "suggestion" about raw food clearly has no idea what they're talking about. :)
      As far as what she "likes", and turning her nose up at her food, that's a behavioral issue that has nothing to do with the food. And there are literally thousands of different raw foods, so to say that "she doesn't really like the taste of raw" is like saying she doesn't really like the taste of food, lol. We can talk about that in a discussion if you like, this comments section doesn't really lend itself to that. But really, all you need to know on the topic is in THIS discussion. It's worth reading through it. https://doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/topics/an-ode-to-...

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    • We went off the kibble because of food mites.  The Hills Dental Formula comes in big chunks that she has to "work on" and does it outside of the bowl area.  I hated the constant mess as well.  Also the vet thought raw would have fewer chemicals/preservatives.  We're in discovery stage for the itching as I've ditched the dermatologist after a year.  She's almost naked on her rear and hauch.  She's had cytopoint 3x and it doesn't stop the itching. 😭. She doesn't test positive for any food allergies, only 2 of the mites, 3 trees and mold and yeast.  When I served her raw food at room temp she wouldn't eat it!  I've heard of one other dog who preferred it Frozen! Chee.

      My next question would be best on the medical forum.

    • There are no chemicals/preservatives in any of the foods we recommend. Not one. Hill's is not a recommended brand. Vets are not well-educated on food, even holistic vets. Just like doctors. Food is not going to fix itching or allergies, whether it's raw or not. 
      If you want to discuss it in the Health Group, I'd be interested to know why you "ditched" the dermatologist. Jack's derm specialist did wonders for him, and I have never known anyone to get a good handle on managing their dog's allergies without a specialist. 

  • Karen, Does this, Pupford freeze dried salmon training treats, look ok? 



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