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.  

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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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    • However, pancreatitis of any kind can be life-threatening; 2/3 of all cases of acute pancreatitis don't survive. So if it IS pancreatitis, she needs more than a low fat diet. Fluids would be very high on the list, and an anti-nauseant at the very least. I personally would try to get in to see the vet.
      This doesn;t sound like pancreatitis to me. Pancreatitis is very painful, and the dogs clearly show signs of being in discomfort if not downright pain. To me it sounds more like she ingested something she shouldn't have. 

    • Hi Sheri,
      Lucy should be getting about 1200 calories per day, but if she's been doing fine on only 914, I'd stick with that. 
      Her ratio of chicken/sweet potatoes/green beans should be 1 cup chicken, 3/4 cups sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup green beans. That's approx. 340 calories per cup. 

    • Thanks.  I honestly don't think it is pancreatitis as I've read so many cases about dogs with this and the symptoms just don't seem to fit.  She is eating, drinking, active just like normal.  She would actually eat more if I would let her.  The first question they asked was if she got into something she shouldn't have.  I have no clue what it could possibly have been.  She isn't one to eat things out of the ordinary.  She won't even pick up food dropped on the floor without being given the ok.  As far as outside, she just has the back yard.  Possibly a plant?, but that would have been over a week ago as she has not been allowed outside alone at all since this started as I've been watching for puke, poop and pees every time she is out.  She will eat grass (no chemicals on the grass) and then puke.  Sometimes eats grass and doesn't puke.  I've given her the anti nausea med this afternoon.  I'll do the chicken, sweet pot and green beans for dinner and see if we make it through the night without a puke.

    • I hope so, I'm worried about dehydration. 
      I edited my comment above because the chicken-sw.pot-gr bean ratio I posted is 340 calories per cup, not per day as i originally wrote. I'd try giving her that at least twice a day. 

    • So far, dinner was a success and has stayed down as well as breakfast this morning.  She isn't eating any grass today either.  She had a Pepcid yesterday afternoon and I'll give her another a little later today and hopefully that will continue to make things better.  I'm hoping if I just do this for a few days and then try and add her food back in it will be ok.  I really don't want to switch her food unless it is absolutely a must.


    • I'm glad she's doing well and really hope that continues! I agree with not switching her food unless there's no choice. 

    • Thanks I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.  I will certainly keep a close eye on things.  I can always do a drop off at the Vet and they will work her in, but I hate doing that.  Sadly I think I'm going to have to look into a different Vet because this lady is just so busy.  It is a small practice with only one other Vet, but I don't like to see different Vets so it can take a while to get in.

    • I know nothing helpful, but want to send my love.  My dogs are not often sick but when they are, it's just a panic because they can't tell you what hurts.  I think I'd see whatever vet you could see and use your gut in evaluating the diagnosis, since you don't have full confidence.  We are about readu to change our human doctor because she is so busy we can't ever get in when we need to. 


  • Hi Everyone, im researching into what brand of dog food i should feed our new pup we pick up next week. I was recommended Hills puppy but i can see thats a no no! I like the look of orijen but theres links to DCM (cardiomyopathy) with orijen? (as well as others) but orijens ingredients are by far the most impressive. what do we think about these links to DCM? 

    • Now as to what you should switch your pup to, that's going to depend on what the breeder is feeding and how he'she does with it for the first two weeks. If the puppy's digestion seems good, you'll want to stay with a food that is similar in type, macronutrient profile, and protein sources. If not, you'll want something different. So I'd wait and see.

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