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This is a repost of information from Phyllis (a doodle owner / foodbuglady blogger & expert in food recalls):


Howdy Doodlers,

FDA has re-issued an Alert regarding an association between consumption of Chicken Jerky Pet treats made in China and the development of symptoms of Fanconi syndrome in dogs. Please read this carefully:




Phyllis' blog is the preeminent source for food product recall notices (human and pet).  I suggest anyone who wants the best and latest information available subscribe to her eFoodAlert blog.

Jan, Lily & Nessy

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Comment by Holly Smith on April 19, 2012 at 9:45pm

This is so scary, I have stopped buying most items from the regular pet store because so many things are made in China. I always fed my Standard, Hannah, all natural food and treats, I have spent alot of time researching every ingredient. I will say that there is finally a Chicken jerky treat made in the USA...yeah! It is made by Blue. I feed Chloe a different food, it's all natural and is made in the USA by a family owned business and they ship it. Another really good dog treat is those made by Three Dog Bakery.  My son (he was 4 at the time) would steal the cookies from Hannah, I never understood why she was chasing him barking after I put her cookies down, then I saw him scarfing it down real quick! Thankfully I didn't have to worry about the ingredients! lol..

Comment by Administrator Jan on March 17, 2012 at 8:42pm

Hi Karin, I agree with Grace, start your own blog entry so people will see it.  Oh, and get a new Vet, because allergies in dogs is very common and there are other meds besides benedril and prozac to treat the problem.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 17, 2012 at 7:58pm

Oh Karin, I'm so sorry you are having problems.  I really don't know what to recommend, I would of thought that your Vet could help.  But you did the right thing by commenting for the community to help.  May I suggest that your post your comment below as a blog.  You will get much more coverage.

Good Luck. 

Comment by Karin B on March 17, 2012 at 7:50pm

Any Doodles out there with the same problem??  My Doodle licks and bites his paws so bad that he actually eats the black of his pads.  I have put him several different foods.  Right now he is eating Nutrisca grain & potatoes free.  Protein is a lamb and chick pea formula.  Also, I add a flax with biotin to his food daily.  His shampoo has tea tree oil & aloe vera.  I apply revolution monthly.  I have a cone for his head I use on occasion.  I have taken him the the vet several times, they never help.  Benadryl does not help.  I did a lot of research on the issue. is a wonderful site, although I was just wondering if any one else has dealt with this frustrating problem.  I am considering putting him on prozac.  I am at a loss, I think it is a combination of allergies and nervousness.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Administrator Jan on November 20, 2011 at 10:08pm

Ok, I'll answer as much as I know.


Silver / Phantom - Check out the pictures on these 2 pages:

Note that while those pages separate the dogs by type (Labradoodle/Goldendoodle) and generation, the basic coat colors and patterns occur similarly in both.


Phantom is a color pattern, not a specific color.  The pattern is like that of a Doberman Pinscher.  In doodles it can be black/tan (like the Dobermans), brown/tan, etc.  The lighter color is seen on the legs, chest, face and eyebrows (I may have forgotten some of it, but those areas are what makes it pretty easy to recognize the phantom markings).


I don't have too many pictures posted here because the few I've shared are on the girl's webpage:

(My camera's batteries have been on the fritz for years, and only recently have I gotten some new ones, so I do hope to take more pictures in future).


For what it's worth,  Lily started out so dark chocolate (9 weeks) that unless you stood her next to a black dog, she was mistaken for black.  Then as she started to get her adult coat, she got lots of very light cream colored hair throughout her coat, most notably her legs got almost blond.  After about age three, she seemed to lose at least some of the diluted hairs, and is now a fairly dark chocolate color all over (except for her mis-marks which are, and always will be, white - chin, chest, back feet).  She is not as dark as when she was 9 weeks old, but is much darker than during the interim phase (perhaps 9 months - 3 years).  The longer her coat is, the lighter it appears, and what hair she sheds appears light in color.  Go figure. ;)

Comment by Andrea O'Brien on November 20, 2011 at 8:48pm

Jan, how come you don't have any pictures posted???

Comment by Andrea O'Brien on November 20, 2011 at 8:47pm

Hey guys, i am going to comment that i'm following along so that I can see Jan's reply about her thoughts of Jorja's colouring.  So about Jorja, she is only 9 months right now.  When we chose her at 4 weeks she was entirely chocolate.  When we got her at 8 weeks we could see her eyesockets being quite light in colour.  Before too long we could see white hairs coming in under her puppy coat, her face was becoming light all over.  We clipped her body and legs in the summer - this exposed much lighter fur but it was lighter brown fur with white and white tips - so until last week she was very light - she looked like someone roller her in icing sugar, with dark brown undertones.  Now she is more solid, darker brown BUT you can still see where there is a white hair incorporated.  Her legs and face are very light.  Her elbows and joints are dark brown.  

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on November 20, 2011 at 12:40pm

Jan:  Some of the articles I was reading they were referring to "silver" or "phantom" and "silver phantom. Have you looked at Andrea O'Brien's pictures of Jorja?  What would you say.  She posted them recently.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on November 20, 2011 at 12:11am

1st thing I had to do was look up the definition of Fanconi syndrome...     Thanks for the post..

Comment by Administrator Jan on November 19, 2011 at 11:12pm

Hi Grace - no.  Lily (on the right) got very light in color when she was 2-3 years old, but has returned to her dark chocolate color now (she's nearly 8).

By the way, silvers can sometimes be mistaken for phantoms until they finish their coat change (about 3 years old).  They tend to get lighter on the legs before their body, hence the confusion.  A phantom keeps the two different colors for life, a silver normally ends up pretty much the same color all over as they mature.

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