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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

Dog/puppy feeding amount calculator

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 10 hours ago. 19 Replies

A while ago I made an excel sheet to calculate feeding amounts.  I made a web version to share so anyone can use it :)  It's especially useful for puppies since they grow so quickly it's hard to keep up with how much to feed them on a weekly…Continue

Taurine Deficiency

Started by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 14 hours ago. 103 Replies

Saw this in Doodle Family on FB and wanted the experts opinion.Grain-Free Feeders - PLEASE READ:We all know how difficult it is to make decisions regarding diet for our pets. I am sharing this information not to add additional worry or concern but…Continue

What should I feed this puppy?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 17 hours ago. 24 Replies

17 weeks old, 27 pounds per report. They've been feeding her Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy and I know that's not on the list. She said that other food gave her diarrhea. I know I'm not supposed to change food for 2 weeks (is it the same if it's not an…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Saturday. 504 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

Advice on 6mo old Goldendoodle Diet Change

Started by Harpreet Singh. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Friday. 11 Replies

Hi,I am new to DK and have been reading through the forums. I have a 6 month old goldendoodle mini named Dexter. He has been doing quite well and growing appropriately. We purchased him from a breeder and got him at 9 weeks. He was being fed…Continue

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

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Cindy and Olive (Ollie) on Friday. 31 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

Crumps Naturals?

Started by Josh Adams. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Friday. 3 Replies

Has anyone heard or tried this brand before?Our local pet store carries their mini trainers (snap apart treats) and swears by them. She's met the owner of the company several times. It's a Canadian family-owned company. The sample we got was their…Continue

Has anyone hears of Northwest Naturals Raw Diet for Dogs?

Started by Diane Margetts. Last reply by Diane Margetts on Friday. 11 Replies

It was highly recommended to me but I would rather hear some opinions through this site before I believe it.Continue

Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy FB Group

Started by Nancy. Last reply by Nancy Mar 18. 16 Replies

I was just wondering if anyone else is a troll on this FB group and what are you thoughts on posts and comments?  First I have to mention that I follow the Food Recommendations of this group and believe Karen over any of the posters in that group,…Continue

puppy food

Started by Rosalyn Ancrum. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Mar 15. 25 Replies

Has anyone has any experience with the following puppy foods?Nulo  FreestyleEarthborn Holistic primitive natural or puppy vantageWellness Complete HealthContinue

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Comment by Frank & TeddyToyDoodle on February 14, 2019 at 10:31am

Does anybody use or know anything about CET Enzymatic Dental Strips ?

Comment by Diane Margetts on February 9, 2019 at 9:22am

Thank you Karen!

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 9, 2019 at 8:01am

Diane, we've had a LOT of discussions here about Life's Abundance. We do not eeommend it. It is sold through a multilevel marketing plan, otherwise known as a pyramid scheme, and this is why some breeders use it and recommend it. They make a LOT of money in commissions from the sales, especially when you use their link to order it. The food is made by Trilogy, which also makes Nu-Vet vitamins (same deal) and many breeders insist that you give those as well, to the point of extending their health warranties if you give the vitamins. I personally would run from such a breeder. NO normal healthy puppy needs any kind of vitamin supplement.
The food appears to be a run-of-the-mill food, which is way overpriced because of all the commissions (the company calls it "compensation structure", and we have posted the charts of all the layers of commissions that are paid: the breeder, her field representaive, etc). I personally would rather put my food buidget towards better ingrdients as opposed to sales commissions. Another problem with the food is the lack of transparency about the sourcing of the ingredients and the manufacturing of the food. The company refuses to give out information about these issues and of course, I will not recommend any food whose sourcing of ingredients I cannot verify. 
Unfortunately, you will have to buy at least two weeks worth of LA, because you must not change the pup's food for at least that long after he/she comes home. Whatever you do, do not sign up for autoship of the food. Others who have done so have found it almost impossible to cancel; the company is very aggressive in pursuing you. 
Buy the smallest size bag available and make sure it is done as a one-time purchase. 

Comment by Diane Margetts on February 9, 2019 at 7:39am

My breeder feeds her puppies and recommends Life’s Abundance dog  food. I know other breeder that use/recommend it as well. I did some quick research and it seemed to be a quality food but I completely trust the reviews/recommendations of Karen and other knowledgeable people in this group Any thoughts on Life’s Abudance? 

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.


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