Everything you need to know to make the best food choices for your Doodles! 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR LIST OF RECOMMENDED FOOD BRANDS

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT RECALL INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR RECOMMENDED TREAT BRANDS


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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  • Are there any recommendations for the Himalayan Dog Chews or antlers?

  • Karen, if you go to options, you can adjust the format of this page and add a photo or two.

  • I was checking out the treat links and many aren't working - might be my internet connection, but I don't think so.

  • I'm going to have to work on fixing the links when I have a little time. The food brands link is now fixed.
  • The links for the list of recommended dog food brands (as well as the others) don’t work. I’m using a mini iPad. Is that why? And I never see any more emails when someone posts something in one of the groups I’m in. Not complaining...just trying to figure out what’s up. Thank you.
    • I haven't been getting notifications either, including this one. It's not your iPad. The link doesn;t work for me on a computer either. Apparently everyone has to live their life on a smart phone now.
      Here's the link: https://doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/recommended-dog-f...
      Recommended Dog Food Brands 2018
      GRAIN-FREE FORMULAS ONLY Orijen  Formulas:  (Formulas are slightly different depending on whether they are made in the U.S. or Canada; check website.…
  • Riley is having her very first home cooked "doggie stew" tonight as she has had a few bouts of diarrhea since yesterday. Paws crossed it fixes the issue, she's never needed a bland diet "treatment" before.
    • Mommy's homemade stew seems to have fixed things right up. Poop nice and normal this morning :)
      (It was boiled ground beef, chicken breast, rice and carrot... I gave some to the baby too, Riley liked it more than he did though lol )
  • I have been feeding my love bugs Origen for years now, however I have heard they have been bought out by Nestle. Anyone know if this will change the foods quality? I'm concerned. I see they are still listed on the DK food recommended list.
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Bully Bones?

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8 Replies · Reply by Nellie's Mom Oct 10

Puppy food vs. LID

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6 Replies · Reply by Lindsey Holt Oct 3

Blue Buffalo Blue Carnivora Woodland Blend

I know Blue Buffalo isn't on the good food list - is it because they're owned by General Mills? But I came across this food, and I wondered, if it was owned by say, Fromm would this look like a good food? 42% protein is higher than anything I feed, and I don't see anything that looks like a red flag but I'm not sure I would recognize it. I'm also just curious because it's really expensive - $94.99 for a 22lb bag at Petco. Not looking to change foods, just curious. Ingredients PRIMARY…

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7 Replies · Reply by Stacy Sep 30

Food challenge

Ok! I have a challenge for everyone. Our vet recommends a food with grain to help my dog’s stools firm up because just probiotics and pumpkin aren’t working. Beef is the best protein for him, and he is allergic to rice and dandelions. Does anyone know of a grain formula that has beef, but no rice? Thanks for your help! 

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7 Replies · Reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Sep 19