“What do your doodles eat?” is the second most popular question I’m often asked…
When asked – it usually follows behind “what kind of Doodle is that?”
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…
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)…
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…
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…
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!…
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.
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…
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
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!
This month I am testing the “dietary waters” by adding hard boiled eggs a few times a week…
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 ❤️