Nutrition & diet for the Goldendoodle is vital to a long healthy life…
We all want to serve quality sustenance.
We want their food to have more meat protein than grain protein.
Harley came home eating kibble from a big bag. Two days later when his vet asked about food, she said she would prefer I change to one of five that she listed on a post-it.
I remember asking her, if Harley were her dog, which one of the 5 would she choose? The one she chose was the food I purchased.
Harley’s first year was a poop-a-pa-looza challenge because of his intestinal struggles. I learned not to deviate with what worked.
Even though Harley was eating what the industry viewed as a “high quality” dog food, I was distraught when it was recalled.
I was forced to change his food!
Which forced me to educated myself!
I LEARNED TO READ LABELS –
Huge eye opener when I realized –
- Meat should be the first ingredient listed
- Animal by-products are not a desirable source of protein, they usually include parts of an animal other than the meat #useyourimagination
Over time, I’ve read, questioned and listened to innovative ways (through trial and error) to give healthy, natural food, treats, and supplements.
GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES DIET –
Only because some readers have asked, here’s what the “Charleston Boys” eat –
- The Honest Kitchen (EMBARK) dehydrated turkey
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (in the morning)
- Puree Pumpkin
- Bonnie & Clyde Omega 3 Oil (in the evening)
- Cheddar Cheese (in the morning)
- Dried Seaweed (in the evening) natural plaque remover
- Dandelion/Milk Thistle Oil (in the morning)
- All Natural Bee Pollen (in the morning) helps w/allergens
- Sardines, ground chicken, or other meats a few times a week (in the evening)
- *Variety of fresh fruits and/or veggies in each meal
*Yogurt, cottage cheese, green beans, blueberries, apples, bananas, peanut butter, carrots, and more are either added into their food or given as treats during the course of the day.
I believe everyone wants to feed their doods the best foods they can. And I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. Here’s an interesting caloric chart based on age, size and activity…
DON’T KNOW? ASK –
I feel extremely blessed to have a vet who supports and approves my choices and listens to me babble about my new “findings” each and every visit.
There are constant changes and new findings when it comes to pet nutrition and diet, it can be overwhelming at times. But there is also a network of knowledge out there to help us all.
I follow two bloggers who share invaluable sources of information about nutrition –
- Keep the Tail Wagging – even though Kimberly writes about raw feeding, she’s taught me so much about foods and supplements that enhance my Boys health.
- Slim Doggy – they call themselves a team of experienced techies and dog and fitness fanatics. I call them my “go-to” team about dog nutrition, exercise and weight control.
ONE MORE THING –
A Goldendoodle should be fed several small meals per day instead of one large one, since the Golden Retriever can suffer from gastric torsion, or bloat, a trait that can be easily passed on to any Goldendoodle offspring.
Because of this, regardless to their age, I continue to feed the Boys twice a day.
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.
We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.
Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️