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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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Proviable Users, I Have Some Questions

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle yesterday. 33 Replies

My turn to ask for advice. :)Jasper's digestive system has gotten a little bit "off" the past few weeks. I'm chalking it up to new and different treats, and too many of them; the treats were being dispensed very liberally during the weeks leading up…Continue

Should I Be Concerned?

Started by Anne & Mr. Haley. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle yesterday. 5 Replies

I added some treats (Charlee Bear liver and Fruitables sweet  potato and pecan) to Haley's auto ship food expecting them to be shipped at the same time as the food.  The food arrived Friday.  The treats are in transit but estimated delivery is July…Continue

What to Feed to Gain Weight

Started by Joy Williams. Last reply by Joy Williams on Saturday. 11 Replies

I have been MIA around here for a while, but luckily, “the Girls” have been healthy for the most part - until recently. I started home cooking for them a few months ago and they love it. They both have lost weight, but Maddie, who has always been…Continue

Need help choosing puppy food!!

Started by Caroline. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Saturday. 13 Replies

This group has been of GREAT help to me as I research what type of food to feed my new doodle baby! I've finally narrowed down my search to the Wellness brand. It seems to be great quality while not breaking the bank too much and it's on Amazon and…Continue

Tired of the same food

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Saturday. 23 Replies

I think this is an easy question. I think Maggie is tired of her food. She's been eating the same thing for a long time, and she's kind of blah on it. She's my most reluctant eater anyway.She's eating Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Beef. She's…Continue

Grain Free Food Warnings

Started by Erin. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jul 9. 64 Replies

Hello all! My doodle currently eats Zignature Trout and Salmon grain free after trying Orijen for many months and him being constipated from it. He has done great on Zignature now for almost 3 yrs but my vet and many breeders I follow are now…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jul 6. 513 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

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Fungi Treats?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Stacy Jul 5. 9 Replies

I promise I'm not considering feeding the girls treats made out of Koji (Aspergillus oryzae) as the protein. But I was randomly browsing the internet and I stumbled across an ad for this, and I thought, "well that's the weirdest thing ever. I better…Continue

Best food for skin?

Started by Darcy & Millie. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jul 4. 2 Replies

My goldendoodle is 6 years old. Recently, she has started to get sebaceous cysts. And,she also got another large growth on her leg which she is currently on antibiotics for (it is going away thank goodness).  The vet suggested I start giving her…Continue

Joint health and supplements

Started by Lori, Daphne, Lucy & Pippa. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jul 2. 8 Replies

Karen, I'm hoping maybe you can give me some good advice (you always do) about supplements for our aging Doodles. Lucy just turned 10 years old and I am noticing a reluctance to get up and run around like she used to . She is slower to stand and I…Continue

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Comment by Annie Starlight Dancer Hovis on May 10, 2009 at 4:11am
HAve any of u ever tried taste of the wild?
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on May 9, 2009 at 7:03pm
Linda, you can feed an apple but 1 a day might be too much and give him a loose stool. Start slowly maybe give a 1/2 and see how it goes. Let us know how it works out.
Comment by Linda,Yankee & Finn on May 9, 2009 at 6:55pm
Hi everyone, I'm new to this group and I can't figure out where to ask my question. Yankee loves apples. Is it OK to feed him an apple a day? How much is too much?

I appreciate your input.
Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 27, 2009 at 3:14pm
I just did a little bit of research on this, and it is the leaves, stems, bark, and in particular, the pit, or seed, that contains toxins, particularly from the Guatemalan variety. Apparently, in areas of the country where the avocado trees grow in people's yards, the dogs eat the fruit that falls to ground, pit, stem, and all, and become very ill. Nowhere does it say that the flesh of the fruit is dangerous. As with anything else, I would exercise caution with respect to amounts, just like with garlic.
From the website:
Concern has been expressed by the ASPCA about the consumption of the leaves, fruit, bark, and stems from the avocado tree, with the exception of the avocado fruit which is used for the oil and meal; none of these parts are factors in any of the AvoDerm Natural pet products formulations.

Dr. Art Craigmill, UC Davis, Professor and Extension Specialist in Environmental Toxicology has said that his studies and other research in the United States and Australia have shown that the problem of toxicity is in the leaves and the pit of the Guatemalan variety; the avocado meat of the fruit and oils have not been shown to be toxic. AvoDerm Natural pet products do not utilize any Guatemalan variety avocados, nor do we use any leaves or pits of any variety of avocados for our avocado meal and oil.

The avocado meal and oil used in the AvoDerm Natural pet products comes from the meat of the fruit and does not contain leaves, bark, skin or pit of the fruit. The oil is extracted from ripened fruit in which the meat pulp has been separated from the skin and the pit. Through a mechanical separation process the oil is extracted and filtered and placed into sealed containers. The pulp of the fruit is dried, ground, and screened before being placed into its final packaging and than shipped to our facility.

I don't care about the rest of the info there from the avocado growers' association, etc. (what else would they say?), but the UC Davis veterinarian school is one of the finest in the world. When a UC Davis toxicology professor publicly makes a staement about dog food, I'm willing to listen.
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on April 27, 2009 at 3:02pm
I have never fed it. It is on the DO NOT FEED list with onions and grapes.
Comment by Debbie and Toby on April 27, 2009 at 2:28pm
Does anyone happen to know whether or not avocado is good or harmful to dogs? I have been informed, and read it in our puppy guide that avocado is harmful, although Avoderm contains avocado. We just switched from Nutro products to Avoderm and Innova. The Avoderm site posts this article http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/avoderm-natural-and-avocado-safety.htm I was wondering if anyone has had issues with it, we have been quite happy with the new foods, and Toby has had no issues whatsoever. Is this something I need to be concerned with now?
Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on April 6, 2009 at 5:15pm
Robin, there are many discussions here about food allergies. Please search thru the discussions listed above. I have just left some information on the post you started about it in the medical group.
Comment by Robin, dalai, and Parker on April 6, 2009 at 4:05pm
Dalai has been constantly licking her paws and biting at them and I was wondering if anything knows if this could be a food allergy? Thanks, Robin
Comment by Amanda and Wheatley on March 29, 2009 at 8:58am
Has anyone tried the Costco brand "Kirkland" dog food? It sounds pretty good to me, and its pretty inexpensive
Comment by Amy on March 28, 2009 at 11:57am
Our puppy will come home April 18. I would like to do some homecooking and read many of your posts. The breeder feeds Iams. I would like to use Solid Gold dry and homecooking. I am concerned about proportions. The pup will be 8 weeks when she comes home. Thanks
 

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