WHAT DO YOUR DOODLES EAT?

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“What do your doodles eat?” is the second most popular question I’m often asked…

I want to keep them healthy as long as I can – that’s my goal…

When asked – it usually follows behind “what kind of Doodle is that?”

Jaxson’s often mistaken for other types of dogs #thatsanotherblogpost

If you’ve spent time on our website, or communicated with me about dog food you already know I am doodlely particular with what I feed them.  

Over the years I’ve learned about the importance of a balanced diet. It was not something I understood and adopted when Harley was a puppy. Thank the Doodle for patient veterinarians – and I’ve have a few – who indulged me and my constant babbling with never ending questions about nutrition.

WHAT I LEARNED – 

By the time Jaxson came along, Harley was six years old and adjusted to three different dog food products. He had dined on two kibble products, and one dehydrated human grade dog food. 

When the dreaded allergies arrived, I set out to find foods that could/would strengthen their immune systems, allowing them to fight back naturally and some day prayerfully stop the daily doses of medication.

Research, holistic veterinarians, and knowledgeable pet parent people helped get me where I am today. 

Although a part of me yearns to be able to feed raw, it is not in the cards for me. Location, accessibility, storage, and most importantly a stronger stomach will not allow me to do it. #knowyourpersonnel

But I am extremely happy with where we are, where we’ve been for close to two years, and the inward affects as well as the outward appearance they’ve experienced.

WHAT DO THEY EAT? – 

This is a great representation of their diet staples…

This is most of it – not completely all of it.

When it comes to food, they eat Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Tripe and Lamb. This is 96% meat, organs and New Zealand Mussels. The scoop you see is similar to approx. 1/3 cup. They both eat two scoops twice a day (Harley’s scoops are smaller than Jaxsons)…

The little scoop was the hardest to get used to – I thought they were starving…

Every morning I sprinkle about an 1/8th of a spoonful of Plaque Off powder over their food. This natural compound of only seaweed is ingested and works systemically. It comes out through the saliva and works to break down the bacterial biofilm that forms on the teeth and gums. It’s proven to reduce plaque and tartar on both teeth and gums, depending on composition, diet and how long it has been there. Human grade and human tested, it also works to prevent bad breath, plaque and tartar from returning…

These two here are like my Super Heroes!

Three times a week I also add Ultra Oil to their breakfast. Ultra old combines three Omega oils (3,6 &9) for skin, coat and allergies. An excellent choice of healthy fats with the right antioxidants to rid their bodies of toxins and waste…

Harley loves to smell this bottle!

FRUITS – 

Fresh produce often accompanies meals. It’s also a stand alone treat. On any given weekend afternoon we will share a smoothie while sitting on the front porch. They slurp, I sip!…

Fruit never goes bad in our house.

Like Doodle Dad and I, they too have their personal favorites when it comes to fruit. Jaxson keeps it simple – he loves everything! Harley flips over strawberries but only likes his bananas dehydrated like chips with a little coconut oil brushed on top. #notheyarenotspoiled #atall

This particular photo show the fruits I happened to have in the house the day of the picture. There are other fruits high on their list, just not in the fridge. These – I will say are the most popular. 

VEGGIES – 

When I switched to Ziwi Peak, Doodle Doc asked me to incorporate green veggies in their diet. She wanted more fiber and suggested broccoli or cauliflower. She urged me to steam them first because she said it would be easier for them to digest. Three times a week I add 1/4th cup to their dinner…

Super foods for Super Doods!

Trader Joes sells a crunchy dehydrated broccoli floret snack that are great as a travel snack. They love the taste, the crunch – and it’s healthy.

Olewo Carrots are phenomenal. At least once a week I whip some up for digestive support, skin and coat, gut health and it’s highly effective as a diarrhea remedy!

Our newest treasure are dehydrated green beans! These travel to work with them because they’re healthy should a patient wish to “give them a treat” – #happenseveryday

SNACKS – 

Yes, they do eat dog snacks too!!!

Right now – their favorite is Rocco and Roxie’s Liver Treats. Nothing but beef liver, slow smoked for 15 hours. Super crunchy texture that my Boys seem to favor.

I do purchase natural goodies from Woof Gang Bakery – this month it’s been Chicken Jerky Strips from Polkadog Bakery. Made from one ingredient – chicken breast – dehydrated in Boston to the pawfect balance of meaty and crunchy. Can you say #cockaDOODLEdoo!

TESTING – 

This month I am testing the “dietary waters” by adding hard boiled eggs a few times a week…

So far – so good. Eggs are a hit!

Eggs contain many essential amino acids and fatty acids. Hard boiled eggs make excellent treats or dietary supplements as well as being a healthy and nutritious snack. I didn’t know until recently they can even help settle upset stomachs. #whoknew

ONE MORE THING – 

If you’re still wondering about the bag of Sharp Cheddar Cheese in the group photo, let me tell you about that item.

It serves absoDOODLEtutely no nutritional value at all! Harley loves a sprinkling of it over his food for breakfast. If I don’t use it, he slaps his dish and lays down until I produce it. #nonotspoiledatall

So tell me – what do you feed your dogs?

Kindness is free – sprinkle that stuff everywhere ❤️

12 Comments
  • Madison
    April 30, 2019

    We switched to Dr Harveys Canine Health in February. Mom wanted to ditch the kibble, but wasn’t up for raw. She cooks up a storm every few weeks so we have our proteins in the freezer, ready to go. It is working well for us so far. Currently she puts salmon oil in our meals, but we may try rotating in the Ultra Oil as it sounds good too. Of course, plaque off goes in every breakfast meal, and our teeth are shiny white. Enjoy your meals!

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 3, 2019

      I’ve heard Dr. Harvey’s is excellent. I have one eye on a fresh homemade food company myself – but not ready to switch as of yet. Still doing my research. I’ll let you know Madison if I decide to start something new!

  • Ducky's Mom
    April 30, 2019

    Ducky just won a bottle of salmon oil from Caren and Dakota, so we’ll try that for as long as it lasts. We also get fish oil gel caps from the vet. I’ve never heard of PlaqueOff. I’ll have to see if Chewy carries it, as well as the UltraOil. Ducky isn’t picky about her food like Shadow was the last year or two. #thisdogeatsanything So, thanks for the tips.

    For Ducky’s meals, I now brown ground turkey in the InstantPot, add carrots, chickpeas, spinach, and water, and pressure cook it all together. I tried giving her some ground beef (after draining off the fat) and broccoli and brown rice, but it gave her a bit of a gastric issue, so I went back to the turkey. For a while at least I’ll stick with this recipe and then try adding in some other veggies, one at a time. As long as the balance of protein and veggies is right, I’m happy. And we had the vet do a senior panel to check all her nutrient values so we’d know what she needed more or less of. I swore off kibble and canned food last year, a couple months before Hills had the recall issues. Both Shadow and Ducky gobbled up the fresh food from the start, and even Shadow – my picky eater – transitioned in about 10 days. Now that it’s just Ducky, the dog-food bill is lower by about half.

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 3, 2019

      Finding the right balance for your dog is harder (to me) than when I had human children living in my house LOL Perhaps it’s because the humans were able to articulate clearer. I find as Harley gets older he prefers other foods at times than Jax. This is making me feel like a Burger King franchise of sorts – “have your way” 🙂 But I’ll do whatever it takes because I love them that much! Sounds like Ducky is also having the time of his life at mealtime – I’m super impressed with how you are preparing those meals. You go girl…

  • Debbie Matos
    April 30, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this information!

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 3, 2019

      Hi Debbie – You are so welcome – thanks for stopping by, come back again soon.

  • Mnika, Sam & Elsa
    April 30, 2019

    Your allergy odyssey has been quite telling. The healthy diet shows on your ‘Doods’ faces. Well done!

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 2, 2019

      Thank you so much –

  • Ruby and Kristin
    May 1, 2019

    Good for you! I keep talking about switching up Ruby’s diet and making more food for her, but haven’t done it yet.

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 3, 2019

      I totally get it Kristin. You will find the right combination – one that’s perfect for her nutritional intake and feasible for you with both time and money. Those three concerns took me quite some time to hone in on the right food. It’s a process for sure. Keep me posted on your journey!

  • Jan K
    May 2, 2019

    What a great variety of foods! We are currently feeding 1/2 The Farmer’s Dog fresh food delivery, and 1/2 homemade. I’ve been cooking up meals in our Instant Pot and adding a vitamin mix from Mercola Pets. It’s something new I’m trying. I also sometimes add fresh veggies, pumpkin, cottage cheese, greek yogurt or whatever else I might have on hand that Luke loves and is good for him.
    Thanks for sharing about that Plaque Off powder, I am going to look for that. I need something more for Luke’s teeth, and that sounds great.
    Luke would go nuts for those dehydrated green beans (did you do those yourself?) or the broccoli snack. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s here!

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 3, 2019

      Hey there buddy! I used to give them pumpkin, but I’ve strayed from that and got into the Owela carrots. The green beans come from a boutique where they get groomed. Email me your address and I would be more than happy to send you some as well as a bag of the Trader Joe broccoli snacks. #thatswhatfriendsarefor

      The Plaque Off is the BOMB! Madison and Bailey of GBGV use it also – it’s incredible. I order mine from Chewy (dot) com.

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