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.  

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  • We will be picking up our puppy in 3 weeks. The breeder uses dog food and treats from an online company. I prefer to buy ours at a local, well-established store with excellent products. Our 10 yr old now eats Honest Kitchen with a little Nutri-Source Grain Free kibble mixed in. Occasionally I'll add a Primal Nugget or two. Should I buy enough of the online food and treats from my breeder to last for 2 weeks? She will be giving us enough to last 5-7 days. I don't want our puppy to start off with digestive problems.

    • Yes. You must not add or change anything about the puppy's diet for at least two weeks after he comes home. This is crucial. 

  • Hi, Everyone!

    My 5 month old, Tucker, labradoodle, has stools that are soft more frequently than I like. I feed dehydrated raw and Open Farm Kibble along with Answers + Kefir for a prebiotic and probiotic. I've also done some cooking for him myself, but it only adds to this mix. What food have you all had good experiences with and bad? Any suggestions? 

    • My doodle was the same...I recently switched her kibble...she has always got 1/2 pattie of Primal commercial raw with every meal.  That stays..but I switched her kibble to Stella and Chewy Raw coated with Wholesome Grains...Qinuoa and pumpkin added...thinking the quinoa and pumpkin are helping the soft poos...good luck..FYI..she loves the taste of the coated raw too.  

    • Here's the section. Just click "Add a Discussion" and post away. 
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    • Kelly, can you start this as a discussion rather than a comment, which doesn;t lend itself to discussion or replies? Simply go up the page to the word "Forum" right under the Twitter & FB symbols, and that will take you to our group forum where you can start a discussion. 

  •  I can never tell where to start a discussion off my phone so please forgive me for adding into the ongoing chatter. Curious on your feelings on Open Farm dog food. Our local pet store is really promoting it.  

    https://openfarmpet.com/

    TIA 

    Ethically Sourced & Humanely Raised Pet Food | Open Farm
    Every Open Farm recipe is designed to give your dog or cat exactly what they need and nothing more because we’re committed to raising the bar on the…
    • It's a good brand. 

    • Thanks could something like this be added to kibble with Sassys sensative tummy? She's doing well on the lamb wellness simple but seems bored. 

    • Jolene, sensitive tummies need simple plain diets. Not lots of new things added. "Bored" as it applies to diets is a human thing, not a dog thing. 
      I know we've talked about this before, lol. 

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In NEED of help for my little guy. Is this a food allergy?

Hello everyone.  I have a 15 week old doodle puppy with tummy issues.  Kailo (male) is currently on Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive Skin and Stomach Puppy Food.  Also on the ForitFlora daily.  I give him about a tablespoon of pumpkin with every meal.  Six days ago, he was on chicken and rice because the food he had been eating was causing diarrhea (we think) and so we changed him to this food at the advice of a friend of ours.  The vet also advised us to put him on this food.  All tests for…

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6 Replies · Reply by Christine R Sansone yesterday

Switch Wellness formula?

My ALD is almost 3. She's been eating Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato kibble most of her life. She tends toward having a sensitive stomach/diarrhea, but does well on this food. At her annual check-up last year, the vet recommended switching to a grain food. I briefly tried it (with a good transition) and it didn't work. Right to diarrhea. So, back to Turkey and Potato it was. This year the vet said that the grain-free is fine, since I tried grain and it didn't work for her, but I should maybe…

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2 Replies · Reply by Mcct Nov 16

proteinuria and food choices

karen, a month or two ago, i asked for a food recommendation for my dogs both of whom had proteinuria when they had their annual exam.  you mentioned that the key thing was to have more moisture in their food and recommended honest kitchen.  only one of them would eat any of it even if we tried to hand feed.  one even ran from the room. we tried that for a week but just gave up.  since then we have tried numerous canned and tetra pak foods with similar results although only honest kitchen…

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4 Replies · Reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 16

Oscar's vet visit and blood test results

A couple weeks ago I posted questions related to Oscar's recent Red Yeast issue, as well as stinky issues like breath and gas. Recently, I'd noticed changes in Oscar's behavior which were concerning only because they were outside his norm. Things like excessive drinking (although I hadn't noticed excessive urination), lethargy and being more clingy than normal. So, in an abundance of caution I took him to the vet. No infections were discovered, no blockages, fever or anything else indicating…

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6 Replies · Reply by Debb, Lucy & Oscar Nov 5

Should I Switch to a Senior Food?

* Gavin is over 11 years old * He had been on GO! Grain Free food since 6 months old. He gets a heaping tablespoon of Merrick GF canned food or fresh frozen trout chunks (which we catch) as a topper.* At his last wellness visit the vet was very impressed with his fitness level and his senior blood panel results were "fantastic"* We were noticing some stiffness getting up in the morning and have been giving him 2 tablets of Flexiden daily as recommended by his vet. The stiffness disappeared…

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7 Replies · Reply by BG and Gavin Nov 1

Changing Puppy food

We will be picking up our puppy in 3 weeks. The breeder uses dog food and treats from an online company. I prefer to buy ours at a local, well-established store with excellent products. Our 10 yr old now eats Honest Kitchen with a little Nutri-Source Grain Free kibble mixed in. Occasionally I'll add a Primal Nugget or two. Should I buy enough of the online food and treats from my breeder to last for 2 weeks? She will be giving us enough to last 5-7 days. I don't want our puppy to start off with…

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1 Reply · Reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 1