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.  

Welcome, and thanks for reading!
PLEASE NOTE: WE ASK THAT YOU NOT POST ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRODUCTS FOR WHICH YOU RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF COMMISSION OR COMPENSATION, NOR ANY LINKS TO ADVERTISING. THANK YOU.

 

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  •  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. 

  • I serve on the Board of a local Animal Welfare Non-Profit.  We were recently approached by someone who would like to support us by offering homemade dehydrated chicken feet for us to offer to sell at local fairs etc..Does anyone know anything about them?  To me, sounds pretty gross but that is common with other products that are natually good for dogs.  I have read that they are a natural source of glucosomine.  Thoughts???

     

    • The problem with "homemade" dehydrated chicken feet is that there is no verifiable quality control. I would be scared to death of bacterial contaminants. They are also exceptionally high in saturated fat. I would find a safer, healthier product to sell as a fund raiser. 

    • Thank you Karen for your response.  I think we will pass on the offer.  

       

  • I am wondering if there are dental treats that are safe.  My dog is 28 lbs., 18 months old.  Her teeth already don't look pearly white.  I try to brush her teeth and she is pretty agreeable when I do it, but it doesn't seem to help all that much.  (I have a hard time being really consistent). Do any of the dental chews really work?  I don't know how to search for this information on this site.  Thanks!  - Paula and Nellie

    • I've wondered this as well.  My dog has on back tooth that is showing distress so I've got to clean it daily for sure.  I'm going to try this process:  Gauze wrapped around my finger, wet it with cool water, dip it in some baking soda, add just "one" drop of Thieves Essential Oil b(y Young Living) to that gauze wrap and brush his teeth with it using my finger -- doing 1/4 of his mouth a day.   He doesn't like a toothbrush so going to try the gauze and I'm a big fan of essential oils by Young Living so hoping this helps my dog.  They also recommend another option of making up a spray bottle with 1 oz of distilled water and 2 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential oil (NOT the Thieves cleaner though) and spray it on their teeth daily.

       

    • Our vet recommended a toddler 360 degree round toothbrush. Works well. We use Petsmile toothpaste. It's approved by the veterinary dental association and has been amazing for us. Jaxson had to have his teeth cleaned 2 years in a row. After we started using this, his teeth are sparkling clean, avoiding the dreaded teeth cleaning. It's not cheap but it has worked for us!

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