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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

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 Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles on February 17, 2009 at 2:42pm
I am posting here since the info regarding TOTW is below. I contacted a friend this morning regarding this. She got back to me a short time ago and has informed me that they did talk to the company. They were told that they investigated and it was in fact cat food that became stuck in the machinery and became mixed with a 'limited' production of the dog food (it was totw cat). Though they indicate there is nothing of harm with this they encourage anyone who bought a bag to return it for an exchange or refund. Way to go Marion for paying attention, let it serve as a reminder to all of us how important this is. On the plus side I am pleased that Diamond acted on the side of caution in advising you to cease offering this food. Hope all is well!
Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on February 16, 2009 at 2:53pm
Marion, I'm going to post this in the Commercial Foods section. Please keep us informed as to what you find out. It sounds like another product got mixed in during me, it almost sounds like cat food.
Comment by Marion Carmickle on February 16, 2009 at 2:39pm
WATCH THE KIBBLE! I just got off the phone with Diamond regarding TOTW that I have (Pacific Stream) Not all the kibble was the same...some was X shaped rather than all dark and round. The company has told me to stop giving Riley the kibble and wait to hear from quality control. Not sure if it is a problem so to be sure, they said not to pursue the transition to the food. I had been told on this group to always check the kibble and now I am glad that I did...I had only given her a small amount of the food over the past two days so I hope all will be okay. Nevertheless, check your dog's food...look to see if all kibble looks the same, smell can't be too careful.
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 12, 2009 at 12:57pm
Taste of the Wild is the better of those choices, Marion
Comment by Marion Carmickle on February 12, 2009 at 11:26am
Given a choice, is there an all stages food that you all feel is the best? I am now down to Canidae, TOTW Pacific Stream, and Natural Balance Limited Ingredients, Potatoe and Duck or Sweet Potato and Fish. Any other suggestions? Riley is almost 9 months old and I don't really want to keep her on the Iams puppy or try to do another puppy when she is so close to being a year old.
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 9, 2009 at 12:55pm
Marion, many of the commercial food companies spray a coating of animal fat onto to the foods to make them desirable to dogs. The better foods rely on food and not tricks. Loose stools are common to some degree when changing foods. You can add some chicken and rice to firm her up. Read through the discussions here on the Food Group and you will get a better sense of what you want to do. TOTW is a good food. Iams is not.
Comment by Marion Carmickle on February 9, 2009 at 12:31pm
What can cause loose stools when changing dog food? Riley was changing over to Organix and then decided she wouldn't eat it anymore (we had just about gotten her to 100% Organix. In desperation, I mixed in some of her old food (Iams) and she gobbled it up.She didn't have any digestive issues with the Organix...she just doesn't like the smell or something. When we tried California Natural, her stools were runny and she couldn't tolerate it. It is not high fiber but it does have more protien than the Organix. As I search for another food, I am looking at TOTW Pacific Formula (her breeder now feeds this food to all her dogs, both puppies and adults), and Natural Balance, Duck and Potato. Pacific Stream (TOTW) has 25% Protien, 15% Fat, 3% fiber. The Duck and Potato has 21 % Protein, 10 % fat and 3% Fiber. The California Natural had less fiber, 1.5%, but higher Protein, 26%. Would it be possible that the higher protien could be the issue for Riley? She just tolerates the Iams because she likes the smell better than the Organix but we still have to add something to it to get her to eat and it isn't a good food. What do you think?
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 3, 2009 at 2:13pm
Diane, are you feeding only kibble? She may need more food. If you try adding fresh cooked chicken, steamed veggies & fruits, you might be better able to tempt her and she will be healthier. You can add some of that marrow into her food or just let her chew on the raw bone with the marrow in it. Read through some of the discussions in this group and you will get a better idea of choices.
Comment by diane silver on February 3, 2009 at 6:49am
Sorry if this seems redundant. Emma is now 8 months old (yesterday) and she's been on Innova Evo for about two months now (she had yeasty ears and the vet thought she might be allergic to grain). For the past week or so, I really can't get her interested in her food, though she seems hungry and wants to counter surf, cries at the cabinet, etc. She has been "off" the morning food for some time, but in the evening usually eats if I put a spoonful of wet food into the kibble. Now she doesn't even want that - last night didn't eat a thing. She's eating treats when offered but I'm thinking maybe of changing her food? She had a tummy upset last week (I gave her some marrow which I don't think she could tolerate well). She's finished her medication but her poops are still not great. I added pumpkin to her food but she wouldn't touch that either. Any suggestions? I keep hearing good things about Orijen. Also, her ears are fine now, so should I switch to a food that has some grain in it?
Comment by Lee Seidman on February 1, 2009 at 10:28am
Please read this review of Whole Foods dry dog food,. I thought they were first class, was I surprised........I am staying with my Orijen Large Breed Puppy Food.

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