What To Feed Your Poodle

What To Feed Your Poodle is one of the most important questions you can ask about raising and caring for your pet.  Diet and nutrition plays a huge role in your poodle or dog’s health, overall.  What and how you feed your pup can make a big difference in it’s health over time.  There are many kinds of dog foods out on the market and so many of them are inferior.  A lot of brands have added coloring, dyes, chemicals, preservatives and meat by-products.  Dogs need adequate protein, but too much protein can be very taxing on a dog’s liver, kidneys and other organs.

dog treats for a poodle

Always look for the healthiest treats for your poodle

If you use a commercial brand of dog food, make sure it is a high quality food and has vitamins, minerals, and a good source of protein.  Don’t get commercial dog food with added preservatives, chemicals and artificial ingredients.  If you cannot pronounce half of the ingredients, chances are that you would not want your dog eating it.

Many people have either switched to a raw diet for their canine companions or have started cooking home made meals for their dogs.  The raw diet has proved to be an excellent choice for many dog owners and their pets.  Raw meat contains a high amount of water, and so the dog gets the benefits of natural hydration.  A lot of the moisture requirements comes from the raw food the dog eats.  Raw food is not processed like most other foods and is much more bioavailable and easier to digest and absorb.

Any switching of food should always be done very gradually.  Whether you are switching to raw or just another brand of wet or dry food, the first time you switch a dog’s food you should mix in about 10 percent new food.  The next several days, go from 10% to 25% and then 50% by the 3rd day.  Then make it about 75% new food to old and then about 90% before finally switching 100% of the food to the new brand.

Dog treats are a part of practically every dog’s diet and for training purposes.  Lately, there have been a tremendous number of dog food recalls and many batches of chicken jerky and other treats have been affected.  Many products on the market today are imported from China and even some of the recalled pet food products have been produced in the US.  It is almost impossible to keep up with all of the products on the market today, and samples are collected from all over the US by the FDA, which tests for Salmonella, pesticides, antibiotics and other contaminants.

Two of the biggest offenders have been Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch, both produced by the Nesltle Purina company.  Both are made in China.  As of May, 2012, around 900 complaints have been logged by the FDA from pet owners complaining that their dogs became sick or even died after eating contaminated dog treats.  Aside from chicken jerky and other dog treats, many brands of dog food made and distributed by Diamond were recalled this year.   You can see a list of many of the brands that were recalled by clicking here.

We have tried to keep up with the voluntary recalls and to alert our readers to all the brands which are affected.  If you do notice that your poodle or dog has any signs of sickness and you suspect it could have something to do with the dog treats you have been giving your pet, discontinue the use of them immediately.  From the FDA’s own website, here are some warning signs and symptoms to be aware of.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
•    decreased appetite;
•    decreased activity;
•    vomiting;
•    diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
•    increased water consumption; and/or
•    increased urination.
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi-like syndrome (increased glucose).

Read more from the FDA’s website by clicking here

 

What to feed your poodle is a very personal choice and it will vary from household to household and from person to person.  It is not so much a question of what is the best food for a poodle, as it is, what is the best food for my poodle.  Since diet is such an important part of your pet’s health, it pays to use care in your choices of what to feed your precious four legged friend.

For a great book on Natural food for Dogs and feeding your dog the best food possible, I recommend Rick Woodford’s book “Feed your best friend better” which you can grab over at Amazon.com.

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