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Everything you need to know to make the best food choices for your Labradoodles and Goldendoodles!

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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.



Discussion Forum

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie 11 hours ago. 511 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

Tags: information, recall, food, commercial

Quick Q: Fromm 4-Star line

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie 11 hours ago. 45 Replies

We've always talked about being able to switch flavors between the 4 Star line of foods without transitioning, but some of the flavors are grain free, and some of them are healthy grain. I've only ever fed the healthy grain formulas (not because I'm…Continue

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

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie yesterday. 43 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

Switching from Acana

Started by Alyssa and Theo. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Sunday. 21 Replies

Hi all,I have been thinking about switching from Acana recently. My boy has been happy on the Duck singles line for a long time. However, with them selling in Petco and rumors of selling the company, it has made me nervous to keep him on it. I was…Continue

Tags: Acana

One more puppy food question

Started by Diane Margetts. Last reply by Diane Margetts on Saturday. 3 Replies

Still researching various puppy foods. Tried my Fromm again and Wrangler just plain doesn’t like it. I was given several food samples and one that Wrangler seems to REALLY LIKE is Nulo Freestule Puppy food but I don’t see it anywhere on your list. I…Continue

5 Month old with Giardia & overall sensitive stomach

Started by Marlena O'Connor. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle May 17. 3 Replies

Hi Everyone,I've been investigating new food for our 5 month old, 17 lb mini-Goldendoodle, Henry, for awhile now.  He has been on Life's Abundance Small/Medium puppy kibble and has had intermittent mushy/normal stools & smelly gas ever since we…Continue

Struvite Crystals

Started by Laurie, Wally & Charlotte. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle May 14. 8 Replies

For the past six months, Charlotte's pH has been fluctuating and she has had a number of urine tests with some showing struvite crystals and some without. An x-ray was taken in December and revealed no bladder stones. Our vet concluded that…Continue

freeze dried puppy food

Started by Diane Margetts. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 13. 16 Replies

I’m looking for a dog food to transition my puppy to (breeder fed life’s abundance). I tried him on Stella and Chewys freeze dried puppy food and he loves it! He does a happy dance all the way back to his crate at meal time. The only thing I didn’t…Continue

Essence Food by Pets Global

Started by Kathy, Atticus, and Kylie. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle May 11. 8 Replies

i was at my pet store today buying the Acana food I’ve been feeding my dogs since they were puppies. The owner told me about a new food by Pets Global called Essence that she is really excited about and is recommending to customers. Has anyone tried…Continue

Limited ingredient food for 7 month old puppy

Started by Julia and Gus. Last reply by Julia and Gus May 8. 7 Replies

Hi!First of all, I've been a long-time reader of this forum and the wealth of knowledge has been amazing! We are first time dog owners and Doodle Kisses has saved me from a LOT of stress.Now to my question:Our Goldendoodle Gus is 8 months old and we…Continue

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Comment by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on April 29, 2019 at 10:42am

My Maisie girl is an odd cookie, she spends an easy 20-30 minutes on a medium size whimzee? Meanwhile my other two have polished off theirs and are checked thr wagon so to speak, even a small treat like the yummy chummies she can take an easy 5+ minutes to eat? I'll be planning my order in the next few days.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 29, 2019 at 7:05am

That's good. 

Comment by Laura and Angus on April 29, 2019 at 6:52am

I can't say he doesn't like it exactly - just weirdly won't try it without support. He's weird. Angus really doesn't get a lot of extra fat/calories in his diet -- 1 tbsp (or less) of PB in a Kong when we leave the house (so Tues/Thurs he gets, at most, 2 tbsp). He goes to daycare 2-3 days per week and gets about 3 walks per day on non-daycare days. We have ourselves an extremely active doodle, so he's always been at a very healthy weight.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 29, 2019 at 6:45am

Angus is the first I've heard of who didn't like them! 
Go easy with peanut butter. There is no food in the entire world that is higher in fat and calories than peanut butter. 

Comment by Laura and Angus on April 29, 2019 at 6:33am

Ugh - we tried out a beef trachea yesterday with Angus and he was not even willing to try it. Anyone else have a weird doodle who takes a while to try new treats, toys, or chews? I'm hoping we can get him to try it out --- might entice him with a little PB on the end ... that sometimes helps get him started. We have a weird doodle.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 26, 2019 at 3:24pm

I just answered my own question. Amazon sells a package of 20 of the same size for 32.99. That's $1.65 each. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 26, 2019 at 3:22pm

I mean, Best Bully Sticks website has a package of 10 for 11.99 That's $1.20 each. Is Amazon cheaper??

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 26, 2019 at 3:20pm

Yeah, a lot of the beef chews do come from South America. But Best Bully is a reliable company. Not sure about buying them third hand thru Amazon. I know they have good pricing, but sometimes that isn't the most important thing...

Comment by Leslie, Yogi & Maci Bear on April 26, 2019 at 3:14pm

Just double checking. Best Bully sticks on Amazon said they are from Brazil?

Comment by Carolyn & Barkley the Bear on April 26, 2019 at 11:20am

Thank you... that is very helpful!  Have a wonderful weekend!


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