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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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Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle yesterday. 457 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

Regulate anal glands

Started by Stephanie & Charlie. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle on Thursday. 15 Replies

Charlie is 10 months old/ 36…Continue

Anyone has a suggestion of Canadian made dog food?

Started by Melissa Tremblay. Last reply by Melissa Tremblay on Thursday. 11 Replies

Benji has been on Acana puppy since he was 9 weeks old but his stools are loose if I don't add 2 tbsp of sweet potato mix with his dry food. I came to realize he might just need less meat and some…Continue

free feeding / grazing

Started by Haley&Yeti. Last reply by Haley&Yeti on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Hello all! So to fill everyone in on our situation, Yeti is just not food motivated. He likes his food for a couple of days (when he gets a flavor change) and then it's back to his usual antics. He…Continue

Orijen - Kentucky ? Do we need to switch?

Started by April S.. Last reply by Amy and Annabelle on Tuesday. 87 Replies

So there's been a couple posts on Facebook of people being told by their normal pet stores where they buy Orijen that they should look to change because of the new sourcing and kitchen in Kentucky…Continue

Large breed puppy food

Started by EJ & Dante. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle on Tuesday. 17 Replies

At Dante's first vet visit at 8 weeks, the vet recommended we give him large breed puppy food (we feed him Fromm puppy gold).  Our breeder doesn't start them on the large breed, and he was supposed…Continue

Help! Need to change food due to soft stools and full anal glands...

Started by Barb Betts. Last reply by Katie on Monday. 2 Replies

Having problems with soft stools and full anal glands. Chevy has been on Orijen 6 fish since 12 weeks. About a month ago, changed to Acana Ranchlands. On both, the vet had to express his anal glands…Continue

Puppy Feeding - How much? So many conflicting opinions!

Started by Emilie & Mallow. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Mar 18. 15 Replies

We got our goldendoodle, Mallow, at 8 weeks. He weighed 3.7lbs at his first vet visit. The vet said that was very small and he wanted to see him gain weight. He came from the breeder with Science…Continue

Tags: amount, feeding, puppy, natural, tuscan

An update on Woody & possible long term effects of metronidazole

Started by Jill, Woody & Maxi. Last reply by c zoomer Mar 13. 37 Replies

I am one of the many owners whose puppy (now 3 years old!) came home from the breeder at 8 weeks with loose stools, diarrhea, pudding poop, whichever you would like to call it.  After weeks of…Continue

Treats ???

Started by Wendy and Myla. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Mar 13. 11 Replies

I've been looking after my grand-dog, Karlos, and was left a bag of "Nature's Mix" Lamb Lung Slices as a treat.  Both dogs go absolutely nuts when I get the bag out!  It says it's made in the USA and…Continue

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Comment by Stacy 16 hours ago

Sometimes I worry that I start too many discussions! I realized a little late in the game that I was over feeding her. It happened when I went from free feeding to feeding twice a day. Both girls were getting massively overfed. They went through something like  30 pounds of dog food in 3 weeks. 

I can do 2/3 c. twice a day and some green beans! Thank you. I'm glad that I don't have to cut out the treats. She really needs to be bribed multiple times per day.

The groomer said she thought she was going to be an "easy keeper," ie someone who doesn't require a lot of calories to maintain their feminine curves. My thought was, "you and me both, Katie!" My kingdom for a fast metabolism! But you have to work with what you have. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle 16 hours ago

This should probably be in a discussion so we can refer back to it, but I recommend the green bean diet for Katie. It's very simply and pretty painless. 

(According to Fromm's feeding guidelines, she should never have been getting 2 cups a day anyway, lol. )
Cut her back to 2/3 of a cup twice a day and add 1/2 to 3/4 cups of canned no sodium added green beans to each meal. It helps to warm the beans a little bit. I know you will be tempted to use frozen or fresh beans, but trust me on this, most dogs like the canned better. You can leave the treats alone, the calorie content is insignificant unless sh'es getting more than a dozen a day. 

Comment by Stacy 16 hours ago

Chunky Katie! I think Katie should weigh about 27, maybe 28 pounds. January 24 the groomer said she was getting a little fluffy. I weighed her. She was 29.2 lbs. I dropped her from 2 cups of Fromm Chicken Ala Veg to 1 1/2 cups (split into two meals)/day. Today she weighed 29.6 pounds. How did she possibly gain weight? Full disclosure. I probably give too many treats. They get fruitables skinny minnys apple bacon flavor - 3 kcal/treat. I make the girls share one. But they get treats multiple times per day. Help! I do not want Katie to be a fat doodle. I don't want to "love her to death."

Comment by Rae on March 18, 2017 at 7:36pm
Thank you Karen!
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on March 18, 2017 at 1:05pm

But if the vomiting continues on a weekly basis, or gets worse,  testing for digestive disease should be considered.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on March 18, 2017 at 1:04pm

Well, "richness" in food refers to fat content. My guess would be that it's not the fat content in Megan's food that is causing the vomiting, (in the case of vomiting bile, that's usually due to having an empty stomach/going too long between meals)  but if you wanted to follow the vet's advice, you'd need to switch brands entirely, since Champion doesn't make a low fat food. You could look at Zignature, any formula except Zssentials; the fat content is lower and the formulas are LID, which may be what your vet meant when he said "less rich", lol. If the Zignature works, you could also try rotating between a few different formulas, to help keep her interested.

Comment by Rae on March 18, 2017 at 12:32pm
We're having issues with our 14 month old GD, Megan. She has always been a fussy eater sometimes eating only once a day since we remove her food dish after 15-20 minutes of not eating breakfast. She has been on Origen puppy, then Adult and Six Fish the last few months. She has started vomiting at least once or twice a week, sometimes bile, sometimes food. This has been happening for the last couple of months. Our vet suggested the food might be too rich for her and we should try something " less rich". Any recommendations? Our other GDs have never had a problem with any of the Origen products.
Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on March 15, 2017 at 12:14pm

Karen, thank you!!!!    That is what I wanted to know.  You are the best.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on March 15, 2017 at 11:06am

Diane, I'm very well acquainted with her, as she practrices in my area.  She and Dr. Mercola are well-known quacks and snake-oil salespeople, and nothing on that entire website should be taken seriously. I wouldn't take advice from them on anything. Jack's holistic vet, whose treatments are very "alternative" and "natural", as well as all of his specialists, take the same view. 

Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on March 15, 2017 at 10:32am

Karen,  I was wondering if you have read anything from this vet about dog food.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/07/17...

 

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