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Bonnie Barber replied to Laura and Dave's discussion Boils, pusie non-cancerous growths in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Do you mean cysts? if so, my SP has had two big cysts. The vet first tries to drain them. Then they just grow back and require surgical extraction and a 14 day wearing of the awful cone of shame. There goes my budget and my walls all in one fell…"
Jul 23, 2018
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle left a comment for Bonnie Barber
"Hi Bonnie, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Thank you for reaching out and for your kind words. Means a lot. <3"
Jun 23, 2018
Bonnie Barber replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"Great info, Karen. Thank you again! I want to create the best dish I can for 14-year old Lucy, who has a heart murmur, among other things."
Jan 2, 2018
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"There is no one answer to that question. It depends on many factors, including age, activity level, body condition, health, etc. An overweight dog, or one with digestive issues, should have a diet with a fat percentage under 15%. For a healthy,…"
Jan 2, 2018
Bonnie Barber replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"So what is a proper percentage of fat for a dogs diet? Thanks for sticking with me on this. "
Jan 2, 2018
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"Bonnie, it's all on thw website. The vet has videos and explanations. They are selling it, so they are going to give you reasons for why it is what it is. Whether you want to accept the information there or not is up to you.  I…"
Jan 2, 2018
Bonnie Barber replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"Thank you! Why would a vet recommend that much fat? I’m going to ask them."
Jan 2, 2018
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"It's all right on the website. Scroll down the various formulas and look at the guaranteed analysis for each formula posted right beside each one. Beef, 44% fat. Turkey 40% fat. Chicken, 45% fat. Pork, a whopping 53%…"
Jan 2, 2018
Bonnie Barber replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"Can you point out the foods with the high fat content? I don’t know how to interpret these things, unfortunately. I took photos of the packets for the three dogs and attached them here. That may help in analyzing the nutritional content. "
Jan 2, 2018
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"The NomNom is much more expensive, trust me on that, lol.  Yes, I imagine any dog would be thrilled to be fed fresh food with a high fat content. "
Dec 29, 2017
Bonnie Barber replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"The pricing for my three dogs is 69.00 week plus $5 shipping. Comes in ice. Weight of my dogs, having normal activity level is 44, 16, and 7 lbs. They ask current weight and desired weight, and then portion out the food for each dog accordingly. I…"
Dec 29, 2017
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle replied to Bonnie Barber's discussion Nom Nom now human grade dog food in the group The Food Group
"Well, I am encouraged by the fact that the vet who formulated these foods is actually a veterinary nutrition specialist. And a fresh cooked diet is the best kind of food for dogs. But I can't get enough information from the website to…"
Dec 29, 2017
Bonnie Barber added a discussion to the group The Food Group
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Nom Nom now human grade dog food

I haven’t a clue how to search this site for any previous discussion of this food made in No. California. I’m wondering if anyone has researched it. I tried their free two week Beef samples for my three dogs and they LOVED it! It comes sealed in packaging in portions created for each dogs weight and activity level. They have about 6 other choices available, which you can manage online. Delivery is once a week, 14 meals per dog. They also give you free snack and food samples, plus a full free…See More
Dec 29, 2017
Bonnie Barber replied to Kaitlin and Ludo's discussion Strange nose-noise from mister Ludo in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Isn't that a reverse sneeze that Ludo is doing? Our MaltiPoo has done it often and forever. The vet was not concerned when we first brought it up many years ago."
Nov 13, 2016
Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle left a comment for Bonnie Barber
"Hi Bonnie, I did give you this info before, but here it is again. PLEASE read it. I had already addressed the Apoquel and food allergy blood test nonsense but it looks like you didn't really "get" it. Again, blood tests are worthless,…"
Sep 2, 2016
Bonnie Barber replied to Carol B & Pilot's discussion Confused, could use some guidance in the group The Food Group
"I didn't know about the Origen move to the US. Is there any change in quality? What would be the next best choice if not Origen? I know there are several products on the 'acceptable' list, but which one should I change to if I decide…"
Aug 24, 2016

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We are interested in getting a doodle and hoping we can find out more about them here. Maybe we can get lucky and find an appropriate rescue or a sweet young puppy.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
No doodles yet, but we do have a Maltipoo.
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At 5:59pm on June 23, 2018, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Hi Bonnie, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Thank you for reaching out and for your kind words. Means a lot. <3

At 11:32am on September 2, 2016, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Hi Bonnie, I did give you this info before, but here it is again. PLEASE read it. I had already addressed the Apoquel and food allergy blood test nonsense but it looks like you didn't really "get" it. Again, blood tests are worthless, and I'm sorry you wasted money on that. FYI, it impossible for a dog to be allergic to something he hasn't ever eaten on a regular basis, so the fact that your dog tested positive for rabbit just proves that. 

We just can't address these issues in the Atopy Group. 

http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/topics/facts-about-food-allergies

http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/healthandmedicalissues/forum/topics/some-basic-facts-about

At 12:45pm on January 25, 2016, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

That sounds like a good plan! 

At 11:39am on January 25, 2016, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Also, I would strongly urge you to get pet insurance today, for all of your pets. We have lots of information and discussions here about it. You never want to have to make health or treatment decisions based on cost. I can tell you from personal experience that dogs with Atopy are also prone to other immune-mediated diseases, and the cost of diagnosing and treating those makes the allergy testing look laughable. Insurance would not cover your Shih Tzu for the allergies, but it will for anything else that comes along down the road. The biggest mistake I made was in not getting it after Jack's Atopy was diagnosed. The next immune-mediated disease he got cost me almost $5000 just to diagnose, and that would all have been covered if I'd gotten insurance. That $800 for the allergy testing didn;t look so bad after that, lol. 

At 11:20am on January 25, 2016, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Well, it does sound like he has Atopy, which is otherwise known as environmental, inhalant, and/or seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, the only way you can know for sure and get him the help he needs is to consult a veterinary dermatology specialist and have skin testing done. There's just no way around that. Atopic Dermatitis is an incurable immune mediated disease which can be managed, but there are only two forms of treatment: immunotherapy shots (you must see a dermatologist for this) or immunosuppressant drugs like Atopica or Apoquel. Obviously, the immunotherapy is by far the less dangerous route to take, as there are really no side effects to speak of. "Bandaid" treatments like antihistamines, fatty acids, topical preparations, and occasional steroid use will not cure it or prevent the dog from suffering in the long term, and it does get worse with age. Once you have had the initial testing done and get to a maintenance dose of antigens, immunotherapy generally costs about $50 a month; the immunosuppressant drugs are much more expensive. So over time, that initial investment in testing pays off. And of course, there is no risk of cancer or other serious side effects as there is with the drugs. 

Here is some good information on this: http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/healthandmedicalissues/forum/topics/some-basic-facts-about

At 8:18am on January 25, 2016, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Hi Bonnie, the Atopic Dermatitis group is really meant to be a support group for those whose dogs have been diagnosed with Atopy. Is that the case for you? 

At 4:50pm on January 18, 2015, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

Here is a link to the so. Cal group  http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/southerncalgroup

Here is a guide to choosing a good breeder: http://www.doodlekisses.com/notes/What_To_Look_for_In_a_Breeder

If you came to a romp, you could take note of where different people got their doodles and then use the guide to decide which ones are reputable.  One of our members has done all the testing etc, and bred her dog twice (did all the testing etc).  She won't be there this time, but most likely will be there the next.  We tend to meet once a month - usually at Arbor Dog Park.

My smaller doodle is from a breeder who has moved to Arkansas.  He is a 7th generation Australian labradoodle and does not shed - he does have a very high maintenance coat - mats and need lots of brushing and combing and professional grooming. But - no shed and not doggy smell.   My larger doodle is a a rescue guy - most likely first generation.  He happens to shed a LOT.  What you do not want to get is a 2nd, or 3rd generation doodle because they are as likely to be like a retriever as not with a greater chance for shedding.  Some people like what is called an F1b which is a first generation doodle bread back to a poodle.  While doodles are mutts and nothing is totally predictable, a reputable breeder can steer you to the coat and temperament most likely to fit your wants.

At 10:40am on January 18, 2015, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

The two Doodle Rescues in the US are DRC and IDOG.  If you want a 'road trip' I would like to invite you to meet many doodles at our monthly get together at Arbor Dog Park in Seal Beach on Sunday, January 25.  Information is in the Southern California Group, the EVENTS section, or you can contact me.

At 6:39pm on December 23, 2014, Susan &amp; Randy's Kate said…

We adore our Kate, a labradoodle.  She is 8 months and sweet personality.  She is so laid back.  Good luck finding the perfect dog.

 
 
 

 

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