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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.



Discussion Forum

Champion Foods will be selling at Petco...thoughts

Started by Carla, Lucca and Izzy. Last reply by Kathy and Ruby Skye 4 hours ago. 25 Replies

Champion posted what is happening on their FB page this morning. The comments were pretty angry accusing Champion of "selling out". Do you think this will change the quality. I feed my dogs the Fit…Continue

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

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Joanne ~ Spud* yesterday. 2 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…Continue

Recommended Dog Food Brands 2018

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on Thursday. 128 Replies


Tags: brands, food

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Tuesday. 497 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…Continue

Tags: information, recall, food, commercial

What the local cardiologists group says about grain free/legume dog food

Started by c zoomer. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Monday. 39 Replies

background: Dinah tested by cardiologist for heart problems was advised to switch to Hills or Purina.  cardiologist was not specific beyond that.So I try my vets office to obtain food.  I get all…Continue

Food Allergy? Acana Lamb and Apple?

Started by Rachel and Briar. Last reply by Rachel and Briar Jan 10. 20 Replies

Hello,I just moved and switched to a different vet and need some advice. My dog has had a sensitive stomach and has been having some itching problems. Since the beginning of summer until recently,…Continue

Wellness Simple

Started by Haley, Yeti, and Phin. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 31, 2018. 4 Replies

Good morning all!! I just went to grab a bag of Wellness Simple dog food for my boys at one of our local stores. There is a huge sign by the wellness line saying that they are discontinuing the…Continue

Burpy and Urpy Jake

Started by Lindsey Holt. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 24, 2018. 6 Replies

Good morning,Jake has been eating Canidae Skye formula since he was about a year old.  He has always done fine with it, but recently I have noticed he has been quite burpy after eating.  He did have…Continue

Bland diet for dummies

Started by Lindsey Holt. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Dec 17, 2018. 5 Replies

Hi all,Jake appears to have a gastritis and we got sub-q fluids and an injection of anti-nausea meds.  They recommended chicken and rice but I want to do chicken and potatoes for 3 to 5 says.I…Continue

Puppy food question

Started by Eva, Rosie and Otis. Last reply by Eva, Rosie and Otis Dec 12, 2018. 5 Replies

Hello,We are getting a new Goldendoodle puppy this weekend. The food the breeder is feeding is Natural Balance Puppy Formula Lamb & Brown Rice. I saw that this food is not on the recommend list.…Continue

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Comment by F, Calla & Luca on August 17, 2018 at 8:26am

Champion food updates it’s information.

Very informative.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on July 25, 2018 at 10:09pm

We just finished giving our dog an antibiotic.  The antibiotic had to be give with food so we gave him the antibiotic with each meal.  I set my timer for 2 1/2 hours and gave the probiotic then. My dogs love peanut butter, so we rolled the pills in some peanutbutter and offered it from our fingers.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 20, 2018 at 8:46pm

I've never personally used it; I think it's given once a day; the package should tell you. The main thing is that you must not give it within two hours of the Augmentin, and you must continue it for a week or two after the Augmentin is finished.

Comment by Lindsey Holt on July 20, 2018 at 8:37pm

How often to give proviable if giving augmentin twice daily for 14 days?

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 13, 2018 at 10:17am

Please read through this discussion, it should help out your mind at rest:
And please ignore any info about diet or health that you see on FB; it is all flat out wrong.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on July 13, 2018 at 10:14am

As usual, the info on Facebook is flat out wrong. The FDA never looks into anything related to dog food, lol. There have been some studies on how diet relates to DCM in dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers, done through researchers are The Morris Foundation; no links to any type of food or diet have been found so far. The misinformation about this on Facebook is greater than any I have ever seen on any dog-related topic. PLEASE IGNORE ANY FOOD OR HEATH RELATED INFO YOU SEE POSTED ON FACEBOOK. Chances are really good it's wrong.
We have had several discussions about this here in TFG, the main forum, and the Health group. 
Bottom line is that it's just silly and illogical for anyone to think that an absence of grain could have anything to do with taurine deficiency; taurine is an amino acid made by the body from other amino acids. And all of those amino acids come from animal proteins, not grains. Even if you don't know anything about nutriton science or biochemistry, common sense tells us that meat eating animals the world over do not eat grains, and they are not dropping dead from their diets, lol. What about all the raw feeders whose dogs eat no grains or plant foods whatsoever??? Are their dogs being diagnosed with DCM??? 
Relax and do not change your dog's diet. 

Comment by Karin Frydman on July 13, 2018 at 9:55am

I just saw on Facebook that the FDA is looking into grain free dog food as a cause of DCM a heart disease in dogs. Has anyone heard of this? I feed Zoe Fromm Heartland Gold, and was wondering if I should switch to Fromm Gold. Thanks.


Comment by Stacy on June 23, 2018 at 8:05am

Thank you for reminding us of the yogurt, Karen. I need to do more of this. I have spoiled Maggie. She won't eat without a treat on her food. I weaned her down to just a tiny taste of canned on her kibble and then we ran out and now I'm putting a few crumbs of pure bites in there. It doesn't have to be much, but she has me trained that there has to be something or she just sits there and looks at me. I know it's my own fault, but... yogurt would be a good choice! 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on June 23, 2018 at 8:01am

Regarding yogurt, though, I do wish more people took advantage of the benefits of yogurt with their dogs. I see so many people giving their dogs ice cream or other sweet cake-type "treats" for special occasions, often homemade. While these won't cause harm if given occasionally, why not give a treat that has benefits? I think we anthropomorphize in this regard: we think sweet in the form of ice cream, cake, cookies, etc are delicious, so we assume our dogs will too. But if they never have it, they absolutely do not crave it, and I don't think dogs have "sweet tooths" like humans do. I have found that most dogs absolutely love yogurt, and many of them love fruit as well. My Jasper goes crazy for strawberries! He whines and begs to the point of obnoxiousness, and he feels almost as strongly about blueberries. So most nights, he gets a spoonful of plain nonfat Greek yogurt with a few little pieces of strawberry or a few blueberries mixed in. He thinks he is getting a wonderful dessert, and in fact he is getting one that is filled with beneficial gut flora and some good fiber from the fruit to boot. Win-win. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on June 22, 2018 at 4:21pm

 Albert Jergens, DVM, MS, PhD did the $100,000 Iowa State 2012 study on the use of VSL#3 probiotics in dogs with IBD, and the results showed that the use of this particular human probiotic was so effective, it made it possible to reduce the dosages of medications and even eliminate medications in these dogs while still maintaining remission. From an anecdotal standpoint, i can tell you that was my experience with Jack as well. 
VSL#3 can be given without any foods, dairy or otherwise, and does not have an enteric coating. In fact, they make a powder form for humans. 
Of course, all of this may be in keeping with " way #2 is over abundance of probiotic hoping some survive" but i do believe there is more to it. 
VSL#contains 112.5 billion live cultures per dose. (One capsule) It contains 3 different strains of Bifidobacterium and 4 different strains of Lactobacillus. It also contains one strain of streptococcus.


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