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Dog food for 1 yr old Mini Goldendoodle

I have a 1 yr old mini goldendoodle. I have been feeding her Life’s Abundance Life Stages since we brought her home. Recently we did some lab work on her and her ph level was elevated. Our vet thought it was from her food. It wasn’t sure high and he wasn’t overly concerned but I want to avoid the issue before it becomes a problem. So I have been researching new food and am completely overwhelmed. Price does not matter and from the new heart issues with grain free...scared to try that too. I just want food that is good for her. What food do some of you use? Pros and cons? Please help this confused momma. 

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on December 2, 2018 at 1:15am

just a note:   a 1 yr old still needs protein for solid bone.  I feed a combination of either chicken and rice or lamb and rice..  Local feed has no corn or peas..  

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on November 15, 2018 at 1:09pm
You can check and start from there. It's frustrating because you don't know till you try. Lamb is usually easy on the guts and less allergenic, so is grain free. Just get smallest amount you can buy.
Comment by Nathalie Bergouignan on November 14, 2018 at 10:50pm

Ahh i still need help picking the best food for Kahlua. She is picky!! I need a brand i can buy locally, i’ve had incident with Dont know i should do any tips?

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on October 24, 2018 at 6:36pm

We were on Life’s Abundance when my 2 were pups up to a year or so old. My Persian cats were eating a Wellness product, so we went to Wellness large breed complete health. So far it has been a good food for them.

Comment by Nathalie Bergouignan on October 3, 2018 at 1:19pm

Thank you so much Jan, Lily and Nessy! I did not know this wealth of information. which is great to know and spread the word. So let me see if i got this right.... I need to look at the first 3 ingredients they should be some type of protein instead of grain...chicken meal is "better" than chicken because of its water content? We should look for protein and veggies as the top ingredients? Last what was that exact brand that you were thinking of buying from chewy? And we have to keep up with these labels on the dog food because they can change ingredients at any moment. Thank you so much for your feedback!! anything else you would love to share i would be grateful. As Kahlua is my first "big dog" and i want the best for her. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 3, 2018 at 1:05am

Nathalie - to explain - the ingredient list is by weight before processing - so the 1st, 2nd, 3rd listed ingredients are the most prominent ingredients (by weight), followed by the rest. 

Now, the weight of something like "chicken" vs "chicken meal" might be evaluated as: "chicken" has more water than "chicken meal", so while it weighs more than "chicken meal", when processed (baked) there is less in the final product when it is listed as "chicken" than if it were "chicken meal".

Grains usually don't have nearly as much moisture as meat or meat meal, so too soon in the ingredient list (like 2nd) is not a good sign - the food would be mostly the grain rather than the meat protein.

I always want to see named proteins "chicken meal" vs "meat meal" - not that I prefer chicken, but want to know what the source of the meat is.  Don't hide it from me!

Corn is notorious for being old feed corn gone bad (too many recalls ago to mention) - so I avoid corn as an ingredient - it may be moldy!  Royal Canin was one that had a recall because of just this problem (10 years ago - but I don't forgive or forget!).

It is hard, and any rule I come up with will be broken at some point, but I have found that the general guidelines - read the ingredient list, avoid problem sources (unspecified meat meal or ingredients like corn) have served me well.  The new fashion of using peas (don't think green peas - but rather field peas) as a filler caught me by surprise, especially since I didn't catch the manufacturer totally remaking their product without my realizing it - that was a shock!  I lost a dog to it, or so it is my (unsupported) belief.

About the only way to control more precisely what your dog eats is to "cook" the food yourself (either raw or cooked), but that is beyond my expertise and an improperly designed diet, regardless of how well-intentioned, could be worse than trying to pick a commercial dog food...

Just watch your dog / puppy for adverse reactions, and change if necessary.  That's the best advice I have.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 3, 2018 at 12:42am

Royal Canin - contains corn - something I'd avoid.  Also, I like to see the top 3 ingredients, especially the 1st and 2nd to be meat proteins - preferably named meal (chicken meal, pork meal, lamb meal ... etc.).

So no, I wouldn't feed Royal Canin.

DonMarie & Picco - yah, I'm thinking about ordering from because they have the 15 lb. bag size, whereas the local vendor only carries 30 lb. bags.  Seems worth it for freshness, now that I only have one dog, having a bag that lasts 2 months seems ill-advised.  Agree, Purina, no matter how they market it, will always be the McDonalds of dog foods to me (rightly or wrongly).

Comment by Nathalie Bergouignan on October 2, 2018 at 8:34am

What about the candian food of Royal canine ?

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on October 2, 2018 at 8:24am

I used to feed Eagle Pack when I lived up in Alaska and switched because I couldn't find it locally.  That is a good food.  Now that I'm thinking of buying online (prices are much cheaper) I may switch back.  Thanks for reminding me that it exists Jan!  There is so much controversy about Taurine deficiency and alot of it doesn't make sense.

Purina isn't a good quality food.  It's the dog version of the Standard American Diet - many fillers, low quality proteins, chemicals, etc. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 1, 2018 at 11:58pm

After switching my dogs off of Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch due to diarrhea caused by the product being reformulated, I tried another grain free food, only to find out shortly after that the peas in this new food were not a good idea (thank you FDA).

Talked to my dog's Vet.  She said they don't know why peas and potatoes seem to leave dogs with taurine deficiency, whether the food just doesn't contain enough, or if the peas/potatoes block the absorption, they simply don't know yet.  She suggested a non-grain free food might be a better option.

Then I tried to find California Natural Lamb & Rice which I used to feed them, but no one around here carries it anymore, and I'm not sure it is being made.

So, I took a chance and tried Eagle Pack original formula, as my one remaining dog (age 13.5 years) can eat anything without stomach upsets (my other dog, now deceased, had a sensitive tummy).  It is a chicken / pork / brown rice as first 3 ingredients, and while it does contain peas they are 7th on the ingredient list, so not as predominant as the grain free food I tried.

It has been about a month, and so far so good.

Just remember to switch the food over slowly, over a period of a week or two.  That will reduce the chance of tummy upset.

Good luck, it is one of the most frustrating parts of pet ownership, the responsibility to feed the right food for your dog!

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