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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

Probiotic Advice Please!

Started by Janet & Jaxson. Last reply by Janet & Jaxson 2 hours ago. 14 Replies

Hi, I’ve always used Proviable DC for Jaxson when needed but now that we’ve moved to Hawaii, I am having a hard time getting it. Amazon won’t ship it, probably because it is supposed to remain under…Continue

Pup waiting to eat again

Started by Josh Adams. Last reply by Gail and Bailey on Saturday. 13 Replies

Lately, our almost 9-month-old pup won’t eat his breakfast right away. He eats his kibble frozen stuffed in Kongs. Until last week, he would go to it quickly. Now he waits 30 minutes before touching…Continue

New puppy incoming... feeding math!

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Oct 10. 20 Replies

Hello,Our new puppy is coming home in a little over two weeks (eek!) and the breeder just sent the "going home" information.  I have a food plan that I wanted to run by you lovely people to make sure…Continue

Extra large food mat

Started by Josh Adams. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Oct 7. 9 Replies

Hi all - I'm in the market for an extra large plastic food mat (42") to use when feeding our large 8.5 month-old pup. We feed his meals frozen in Kongs so it gets quite messy. Ideally it would be…Continue

Puppy food advice please

Started by Laura. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Sep 29. 18 Replies

Hi all- we have a ten week standard goldendoodle, Wrigley. He was one of twelve puppies in the litter and has always fallen in the middle of them weight wise. At 6 weeks, he was 4 pounds, 8 weeks was…Continue

Taurine Deficiency

Started by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Sep 18. 99 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…Continue

Petcurean and Potatoes

Started by Wynnie & Jim. Last reply by Wynnie & Jim Sep 16. 2 Replies

Karen, in reading the ingredients of Petcurean Now, I notice potato and potato meal. In reading some of your past comments, I thought that you said sweet potatoes were OK but that potatoes were a no…Continue

Switching Foods

Started by Kim P.. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Sep 13. 3 Replies

My 14 mo. mini goldendoodle has been eating Fromm since I switched her at 3 months from the breeders food. She has never been an excited or quick eater. Usually I know she is unlikely to eat in the…Continue

Sweet Potato-How Much

Started by Evelyn. Last reply by Debbie and Toby Sep 8. 6 Replies

How often can I give my Doodle (34 lbs) mashed, cooked sweet potato with his other food?  Just discovered he loves it and will eat his other food if mixed with the sweet potato.Continue

Willy’s Food Problems

Started by Maddie. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Sep 3. 5 Replies

Hi, I got an f1bb mini goldendoodle a month ago named Willy. He is currently 5.5 months old and 21.5 lbs.  We are first time dog owners and new to DK, so please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong…Continue

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Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 2:30pm

He loves raw sweet potatoes  (will even dig them in the garden) and will have flecks of undigested s.p. in his poop.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 13, 2018 at 2:25pm

Yes, the homemade food has only 200 calories per cup, or about half of the calories in most kibbles, so you usually need to feed twice as much. 
Do not be alarmed if his poop turns orange, lol. 

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 2:22pm

Thank you, Karen.  So it's double the amount of his daily kibble?  I would have starved him. lol. Haley LOVES sweet ppotatoes.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 13, 2018 at 2:13pm

Anne, I'd use the sweet potatoes instead of rice since he's on a grain free diet. 

Use a 50/50 mixture of white meat chicken cut very fine and cooked mashed sweet potatoes. He will need 4 to 4 and a half cups per day. 

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on September 13, 2018 at 12:24pm

@ Karen - Haley's system is upset and his vet suggests that I feed him chicken and rice/sweet potato for several days. His norm is 2.25 cups Acana Meadowland per day. Can you advise amount of chicken and the amount of rice and/or sweet potato to give Haley per day.  I greatly appreciate your help.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on September 8, 2018 at 7:46am

Hi Evelyn, my Jack got mashed sweet potatoes several times a day, as part of his meals and also with meds. They are low in calories and provide a good amount of fiber. You can a tablespoon or two to each meal without a problem. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 25, 2018 at 11:19am

There's a link about the middle of this discussion that give a recipe for homemade food that has been approved by two of our members' IMS vets, but it is for a 25 lb dog, so you would need to increase accordingly:

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 25, 2018 at 11:13am

Yes, a few people here have fed a homemade diet. You must have a recipe that has been approved by a veterinary internal medicine or nutrition specialist, an accurate analysis of the calorie content,  and you must also add mineral supplements. There are many books on the market that have recipes. 

Comment by Kathryn digregorio on August 25, 2018 at 10:12am

Hi,  Has anyone had success making their own food for their pup.  Do you add vitamins to it???

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 20, 2018 at 5:30pm

Hi Lori, can you please copy and paste your comment into a new discussion here in the Food Group? Just click "Add a Discussion" right above this comment section. This comment section doesn;t lend itself to sharing info or discussing your question. 


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