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The Food Group

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

Champion Foods will be selling at Petco...thoughts

Started by Carla, Lucca and Izzy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 31 minutes ago. 30 Replies

Champion posted what is happening on their FB page this morning. The comments were pretty angry accusing Champion of "selling out". Do you think this will change the quality. I feed my dogs the Fit…Continue

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

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Joanne ~ Spud* on Friday. 2 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…Continue

Recommended Dog Food Brands 2018

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on Thursday. 128 Replies


Tags: brands, food

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Tuesday. 497 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…Continue

Tags: information, recall, food, commercial

What the local cardiologists group says about grain free/legume dog food

Started by c zoomer. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jan 14. 39 Replies

background: Dinah tested by cardiologist for heart problems was advised to switch to Hills or Purina.  cardiologist was not specific beyond that.So I try my vets office to obtain food.  I get all…Continue

Food Allergy? Acana Lamb and Apple?

Started by Rachel and Briar. Last reply by Rachel and Briar Jan 10. 20 Replies

Hello,I just moved and switched to a different vet and need some advice. My dog has had a sensitive stomach and has been having some itching problems. Since the beginning of summer until recently,…Continue

Wellness Simple

Started by Haley, Yeti, and Phin. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 31, 2018. 4 Replies

Good morning all!! I just went to grab a bag of Wellness Simple dog food for my boys at one of our local stores. There is a huge sign by the wellness line saying that they are discontinuing the…Continue

Burpy and Urpy Jake

Started by Lindsey Holt. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 24, 2018. 6 Replies

Good morning,Jake has been eating Canidae Skye formula since he was about a year old.  He has always done fine with it, but recently I have noticed he has been quite burpy after eating.  He did have…Continue

Bland diet for dummies

Started by Lindsey Holt. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 17, 2018. 5 Replies

Hi all,Jake appears to have a gastritis and we got sub-q fluids and an injection of anti-nausea meds.  They recommended chicken and rice but I want to do chicken and potatoes for 3 to 5 says.I…Continue

Puppy food question

Started by Eva, Rosie and Otis. Last reply by Eva, Rosie and Otis Dec 12, 2018. 5 Replies

Hello,We are getting a new Goldendoodle puppy this weekend. The food the breeder is feeding is Natural Balance Puppy Formula Lamb & Brown Rice. I saw that this food is not on the recommend list.…Continue

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Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on November 20, 2018 at 1:17pm

However, I would also say that it is not necessary to switch brands if a formula isn;t working for your dog...just try a different formula. Most brands have several different product lines, and within each line, several different formulas. So if a chicken formula isn't working, try a lamb formula; if a formula with grains isn;t working, try a grain-free formula, or vice-versa; if a multiple protein formula isn;t working, try a limited ingredient formula....within the same brand. No need to completely switch brands. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on November 20, 2018 at 1:14pm

No, the order they are listed has nothing to do with quality. They are grouped according to the types of formulas they sell (some companies only make raw, some only make grain free, etc) but they are in no particular order in terms of "better" or "worse" quality.

Comment by S & Charlie on November 20, 2018 at 12:10pm

Question - in the recommended foods file- are they in order of quality? Wondering because I've been thinking of switching to Farmina, but it's low on the list. I've tried others higher up (including acana/orijen, fromm, petcurean) and none have been that perfect match for my doodle that i'm looking for. Thanks!

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 2:30pm

He loves raw sweet potatoes  (will even dig them in the garden) and will have flecks of undigested s.p. in his poop.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 13, 2018 at 2:25pm

Yes, the homemade food has only 200 calories per cup, or about half of the calories in most kibbles, so you usually need to feed twice as much. 
Do not be alarmed if his poop turns orange, lol. 

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 2:22pm

Thank you, Karen.  So it's double the amount of his daily kibble?  I would have starved him. lol. Haley LOVES sweet ppotatoes.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 13, 2018 at 2:13pm

Anne, I'd use the sweet potatoes instead of rice since he's on a grain free diet. 

Use a 50/50 mixture of white meat chicken cut very fine and cooked mashed sweet potatoes. He will need 4 to 4 and a half cups per day. 

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 12:24pm

@ Karen - Haley's system is upset and his vet suggests that I feed him chicken and rice/sweet potato for several days. His norm is 2.25 cups Acana Meadowland per day. Can you advise amount of chicken and the amount of rice and/or sweet potato to give Haley per day.  I greatly appreciate your help.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 8, 2018 at 7:46am

Hi Evelyn, my Jack got mashed sweet potatoes several times a day, as part of his meals and also with meds. They are low in calories and provide a good amount of fiber. You can a tablespoon or two to each meal without a problem. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 25, 2018 at 11:19am

There's a link about the middle of this discussion that give a recipe for homemade food that has been approved by two of our members' IMS vets, but it is for a 25 lb dog, so you would need to increase accordingly:


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