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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.
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Puppy diarrhea from treats?

Started by Kate Rich. Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) 5 hours ago. 6 Replies

my 9 week old puppy had his first boat of diarrhea tonight.  He went at least three times in an hour.  The only thing we changed today was he ate 2 puppy Kong chew treats that go in his Kong chew. I…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on Friday. 496 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

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Recommended Dog Food Brands 2018

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on Tuesday. 118 Replies

GRAIN-FREE FORMULAS ONLYOrijen…Continue

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Dog food recall

Started by Kate Rich. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 28. 2 Replies

This message was sent to me and I am sharing in case anyone feeds these brands to their pup.Sunshine Mills Inc. is recalling select Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, and Triumph dry dog foods because of…Continue

What would you feed shelter dogs?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 22. 19 Replies

This is kind of an ethical question I guess. If I wanted to purchase food to donate to my local shelter would it be better to figure out the most economical food on the approved food list and donate…Continue

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

Started by c zoomer. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 20. 30 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

THE FOOD GROUP GUIDELINES

Started by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Nov 19. 50 Replies

WELCOME TO THE FOOD GROUP- PLEASE READ 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…Continue

IBD Diagnosis: Food recs, etc

Started by Nicole and Teddy. Last reply by Nicole and Teddy Nov 16. 23 Replies

Hi there! Just left a long string in the Medical issues group as Teddy has received an IBD diagnosis. The GI panel results indicated cobalamin and folate are slightly low. Pancreatic lipase and TLI…Continue

Dr. Mercola Probiotics

Started by Clifford, Cloud, Jake..and Kim. Last reply by Kate C Pappas Nov 3. 6 Replies

Does anyone have an opinion on Dr. Mercola's probiotics?  It seems to have a lot more active bacteria and 14 different strains.Continue

New puppy incoming... feeding math!

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Nov 2. 36 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

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Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on November 20, 2018 at 1:17pm

However, I would also say that it is not necessary to switch brands if a formula isn;t working for your dog...just try a different formula. Most brands have several different product lines, and within each line, several different formulas. So if a chicken formula isn't working, try a lamb formula; if a formula with grains isn;t working, try a grain-free formula, or vice-versa; if a multiple protein formula isn;t working, try a limited ingredient formula....within the same brand. No need to completely switch brands. 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on November 20, 2018 at 1:14pm

No, the order they are listed has nothing to do with quality. They are grouped according to the types of formulas they sell (some companies only make raw, some only make grain free, etc) but they are in no particular order in terms of "better" or "worse" quality.

Comment by S & Charlie on November 20, 2018 at 12:10pm

Question - in the recommended foods file- are they in order of quality? Wondering because I've been thinking of switching to Farmina, but it's low on the list. I've tried others higher up (including acana/orijen, fromm, petcurean) and none have been that perfect match for my doodle that i'm looking for. Thanks!

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:
https://www.doodlekisses.com/forum/topics/for-those-with-allergies?...

 

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