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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

Acana Chicken & Potato comparable

Started by Connie & Kramer. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday. 7 Replies

I've searched the recommended foods and this forum for a substitute for my dog. When Acana discontinued Chicken and Potato, I went to Orijen Adult, however, he's having the same allergies that showed…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday. 447 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

Tags: information, recall, food, commercial

Diarrhea for 5 weeks

Started by Tiffany Crawley. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle on Monday. 12 Replies

Hi - My 12 week old puppy have basically had diarrhea since we brought her home 5 weeks ago.  When first bringing her home she would not eat the kibble the breeder gave us so we went and got ZiwiPeak…Continue

Feed 1 or 2 times/day?

Started by gigi d. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 11. 2 Replies

Hi! Graycie is now 1.....she's not as ravenous and quick about eating in the last week....would feeding her 1x/day be better? I've gone back to picking up the leftover, putting it away, then giving…Continue

Karen: question for you (our food guru :) and anyone else that can help! :)

Started by gigi d. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Feb 11. 4 Replies

So we were at a a doodle party last night at a local the end of the night someone went to purchase Stella&Chewy's patties when another doodle owner kindly called her over and pointed…Continue

Orijen Adult versus Orijen Regional Red question

Started by Elizabeth Harlow. Last reply by Elizabeth Harlow Feb 11. 2 Replies

My Chewy shipment of Orijen Adult is delayed due to a snowstorm. My husband went to the store to buy us some food since our next shipment won't be here in time. He mistakenly picked up Regional Red.…Continue

Help! Two doodles ill

Started by Cynthia Whitfield. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 9. 8 Replies

Help! My two multigenerational labradoodles, one of whom is 3 and the other is six months are still having diarrhea today. This is the second day. The older dog Simba has had multiple runny stools…Continue

TRIED EVERYTHING - my pup is still having diarrhea all the time!

Started by Alex. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Feb 8. 26 Replies

Hello All! I searched and searched to find a group like this in hopes you all can help me! I have a 6.5 month old F1 male goldendoodle named Lincoln. We got him at 8 weeks from the breeder who had…Continue

Orijen Original Bag issue

Started by Bonnie Barber. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Feb 4. 4 Replies

We have been ordering Orijen from for nearly two years. Both the 13 and 25 lb. bags always came to us in a vacuum packed state, meaning all of the…Continue

13 week old Goldendoodle food question (crystals in urine)

Started by Debi & Baxter. Last reply by Debi & Baxter Feb 4. 3 Replies

Hello. I'm very new to this site. I purchased an F1 standard goldendoodle 2.5weeks ago. I named him Baxter. At 8weeks he weighed 6.5lbs. His breeder had him on a cheap lower end Walmart food. When I…Continue

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Comment by Mary Minier on January 28, 2017 at 3:24am

I'm not sure I've seen this specific question addressed. We have a 2 1/2 year old standard goldendoodle, 55 pounds. We just adopted a 9 month old mini goldendoodle, 20 pounds. We feed our bigger dog the large breed dog food, so try to keep the little one away from this. Problem is, they each refuse to eat their own food, and only want the others' - to the extent that they will go all day without eating unless we allow them to eat each others food....  

Is there any food that could be fed to both pups considering their ages and sizes?

Thank you in advance!!

Read more here:

Comment by Alexandra Meir on January 20, 2017 at 7:27pm

Thanks for the recomendation.... but I was looking for one I could make myself. I'm trying to buy the least amount of packaging as possible and make the most things at home as possible. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on January 20, 2017 at 7:17pm

Musher's Secret is good product for dry paw pads. It contains food-grade beeswax, which is safe if they lick it. 

Comment by Alexandra Meir on January 20, 2017 at 7:11pm

That's really good to know about coconut oil Karen, I had tried feeding it to my American Staffordshire Terrier mix for his coat and it did nothing but cause diarrhea.
I've kept the coconut oil and currently use it for plain on their paws because they are so ruff it hurts to have either my Staffie or Lab mixes paw me. After 2 applications their paws are so much better.
I liked the coconut oil for this because they can lick it off and it's ok, but this article makes me wonder if I should stop using the coconut oil for this. Though all the paw butter recipes I've found use coconut oil and beeswax and I'm not sure about the accidentally digesting beeswax.  

Comment by Barbara Brian on January 20, 2017 at 9:48am
Thank you! Good to know
Comment by Beth & Cheddar on January 20, 2017 at 8:18am
Karen, I definitely did. I shared a few of the posts you have contributed to on the topic and they decided against a prescription diet.
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on January 20, 2017 at 8:15am

Barbara, it may not bother them, but it is doing absolutely nothing beneficial for them, and it may actually contribute to inflammatory conditions. Coconut oil does not contain the types of Omega 3 fatty acids that are beneficial for dogs, or that dogs can even utilize. It's also full of saturated fat. 
You may want to read this article, by a canine nutritionist who promotes natural products and treatments:

Comment by Barbara Brian on January 20, 2017 at 8:01am
Karen is there something about coconut oil I don't know about? We give our doodle and her retriever brother a spoonful every day. They love it and it doesn't appear to bother them.
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on January 20, 2017 at 7:54am

That's so discouraging, Beth. I'm glad your brother has you to advise him. Hopefully you told him that food allergies in a 6 mo old puppy are extremely rare and that Rx food wouldn't be the way to go even if he did have them. 

Comment by Beth & Cheddar on January 20, 2017 at 7:46am
Good for them! Cheddar's brother was just told at 6.5 months old that he probably had food allergies and should go on a prescription diet. I am so glad for doodlekisses and being able to give my brother information from here to debunk that.

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