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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.
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Recommended Dog Treat Brands as of APRIL 2015

Started by Allyson, Peri & Taquito. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie Jun 17. 377 Replies

Finally!  Going to get a discussion started with good (and safe) dog treats! As a reminder, any treats made from a company listed in our Recommended Foods list will work, so I am not going to list them here. Visit this link for those brands: …Continue

Tags: goldendoodle, labradoodle, list, recommended, healthy

Eating grass

Started by Denise Mabie. Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Jun 13. 12 Replies

My 14mo old labradoodle eats grass daily. She has been eating Orijen since she was 8 weeks old. She started on the puppy formula and now I’m alternating between the Red Meat and Fish formulas.Is there something else I should be feeding her?Continue

Fetch Fuel supplement

Started by Alyssa and Theo. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jun 5. 5 Replies

Hi again everyone,I was looking at the Fetch Fuel supplements the other day while shopping and was interested. I cant seem to find too much information on them on the internet. The store I buy from is not a large company and they usually only sell…Continue

Tags: Supplements

Food Switch

Started by Maddie. Last reply by Maddie Jun 4. 29 Replies

Hello everyone! We just switched Willy to Steve's real food frozen PREY diet, and he loves it!! However, we have noticed some new behaviors since switching him, and were wondering if anyone had any input.First, he has been obsessed with eating…Continue

Quick Q: Fromm 4-Star line

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Stacy Jun 4. 74 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

Food for sensitive stomach

Started by Kate Rich. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jun 3. 16 Replies

I posted a few weeks ago about our 8 month puppy Taco. He has been on wellness complete health puppy (chicken) grain free and then with grains version since we transitioned him at 10 weeks. He ate a rope toy ( we think) over a month ago. Multiple…Continue

Veterinary recommends Hills Science z/d diet - Due to anal gland issues? HELP!!

Started by Lisa Duarte. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jun 2. 7 Replies

So our 2-year old labradoodle has continued to experience impacted/full anal glands which need to be cleaned out by the vet almost monthly. The vet is now thinking it may be a food sensitivity (which I have inquired with the vet previously) and is…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 23. 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

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

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 22. 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 May 19. 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

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Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 8, 2019 at 1:26pm

Hi Rosalyn, Orijen makes smaller sized bags, as small as 4.5 lbs. And in fact, it's advised that you do not buy bags that contain more food than your dog will eat in a month, unless you can put some of it in freezer bags and freeze it. You also need to look at feeding amounts. Someyimes, a food that appears to be more expensive will actually cost less in the long run, as you use less and therefore buy less in an equal period of time. 
If you scroll up a bit, you'll find a link to our list of recommended brands, right under the red photo. 

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on February 8, 2019 at 1:22pm

Acana and Fromm are a bit cheaper (i think )and good foods.  Check out the recommended brands list.  

Comment by Rosalyn Ancrum on February 8, 2019 at 1:15pm

 I see that Orijen puppy food costs $85.00 plus tax. for a 25 pound bag of food.  I guess I am out of the loop since I only had to buy a 4 pound bag of Merrick for my puppy.  Can anyone give other options? I know that a good quality food is important but almost $100 is a little steep.

Comment by Stacy on February 2, 2019 at 4:32pm

Thank you both! The girls thank you as well. They think I'm stingy with the sweet potato, but I don't ask to share *their* dinner! Maybe just a little skin would make them feel better about the situation.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 2, 2019 at 4:12pm

There's no harm in the skin, but give it in moderation, too much could cause diarrhea. It's VERY high in fiber.

Comment by Lori, Winnie, Bob and Indie on February 2, 2019 at 10:12am

My dogs love them, and it's good for them! The 3 of them will share the skin of a large sweet potato without causing any digestive problems.

Comment by Stacy on January 31, 2019 at 4:11pm

Quick question: Sweet potato skin? Yay or nay. I've been eating lots of sweet potatoes lately and the girls get a bite. I don't eat the skin, but I don't know if it has too much fiber in it, or... Is it good for them? Thanks!

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!

 

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