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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

An update on Woody & possible long term effects of metronidazole

Started by Jill, Woody & Maxi. Last reply by Dolly Dykhouse 11 hours ago. 61 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

Food recommendation needed for Allergies & losing 5 lbs.

Started by TYoung. Last reply by Amy and Annabelle on Thursday. 10 Replies

Hello DK Uni-mind!  I'm looking for some of your experienced wisdom :)  I took 2yr old. Hadley to vet yesterday and she is a 45lb Labradoodle.  She is 5 lbs overweight.  I feed her either Orjen fish…Continue

Tags: overwieght, change, food, allergies

Sensitive gut issues!

Started by Mary. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Apr 23. 10 Replies

Hi everyone,My puppy, Belfi, is 7 months old now. She had a sensitive stomach since we had her at 2 months old. We had couple of stool samples early on but nothing was detected. But her problems got…Continue

Picky Doodle

Started by Tiffany Crawley. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Apr 22. 2 Replies

Hi All – So I’m dealing with a very picky doodle! She’s 5 months old mini goldendoodle and we have tried the following kibbles: Zignature Turkey, Zignature Trout & Salmon, Orijen Puppy Formula,…Continue

NutriSource Large Breed Puppy Food

Started by Kristina Cohron. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Apr 22. 1 Reply

Has anyone tried this?  My sweet Rex was eating this at the breeder and has been fine since we have been home. He is 3 months old now and no tummy problems. Since Chewy has announced the sale to…Continue

Opinions on's new American Journey food line

Started by Beth & Cheddar. Last reply by Stacy Apr 18. 13 Replies

I noticed that has recently released their own grain free food line called "American Journey." I would love for our food gurus to chime in with what they think about it.Has anyone tried it…Continue

Current Recall Information

Started by Dianne Carter ~ Trinity Doodles. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle Apr 18. 460 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

Orijen vs. Wellness Core Puppy

Started by VScott & Lloyd. Last reply by Frank & TeddyToyDoodle Apr 17. 12 Replies

Hi,I'm looking into switching my 6 month old standard doodle from Orijen puppy to Wellness Core Puppy since I've read Wellness is a good alternative, more readily available, and seems to be cheaper…Continue

A comprable healthy dry dog food to switch to from The Honest Kitchen Revel Chicken recipe

Started by gloria. Last reply by gloria Apr 14. 6 Replies

Good Evening!As I wrote yesterday, I have been following this site since we brought home our baby Bella in November 2016.  She was born on Sept. 12, 2016, she is a brown Multigenerational Australian…Continue

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Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday

Thanks, Linda.

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on Wednesday

Fingers crossed that Jack does well on Zignature with no allergy issues.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday

The jury is still out. Poop volume today is unusually high. Well-formed, but twice as much as usual. The fiber content of the Zignature is 6.5% as opposed to 5% in his old food, so that may be the reason. But it's too early to tell if it's going to work for him. He sure likes it, though. 

Comment by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on Wednesday

So Karen I forgot to ask how did he do is first night on Zignatures?

Comment by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on Wednesday

Thanks, I really only offer can when we are traveling or camping.  They, or should I say Josie, gets weird about eating away from home, so it's new to them and it's easy to transport.  I usually just give about a spoonful and really mash it in with a little warm water.  Disappears instantly!  Just had one can last six servings for two so I'm stingy! lol  

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday

Yes, but compare the ingredients on both first. Sometimes the canned version will have added ingredients that aren't in the dry food. And canned foods often have thickening agents that can have a negative effect in some dogs. You especially want to avoid foods that contain carrageenan. Zignature's canned food contains agar, which from what I can tell isn't as bad as carrageenan, but it is used as a laxative, so I'd go easy with the canned food. 

Comment by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie on Wednesday
Thanks Karen. Paws crossed he does well on the Zignatures. With the LID can I mix can and kibble?
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday

Oh no, there's no issue with Wellness. I would have posted about it if there was an issue with any of our recommended foods. He's been eating the same Wellness formula since 2013 and done very well with it. But he's recently lost some weight for no known reason, and his appetite for the kibble has gone way down, to the point where he's only eating the 40% of his diet that's home-cooked food, and that's not enough. Before committing to cooking 8 cups of food for him per day, I'm trying a new kibble. :)

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on Wednesday

Hi Karen~ I just saw your post on changing Jack's food  I seem to remember you were feeding him Wellness. Is there an issue with Wellness?  Just curious?  I hope he has no issues on Zignature.  I tried Zignature for Beau and he would not eat it.  He refuses anything with fish.  Weird.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on Wednesday

Thanks F. 

And thanks again Bonnie. :) 


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