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.


Poodle owners beware of a recent dog food recall

Poodle owners beware of a recent dog food recall.  This one is as recent as August 24th and it is a recall of a dry kibble formula made by Bil-Jac foods of Medina Ohio.

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The voluntary recall is the first by this company, which is currently testing it’s product for the presence of mold toxins.  They have stated that they will reveal more information as soon as it becomes available.

According to a company spokesperson, the withdrawal includes only the 6 pound package of its Bil-Jac Adult Select Formula dry dog food with a lot code of 1792-02 and a Best By date of 27 December 2013.
The products in question are currently being tested for the presence of mold toxins and the company has assured us they will share more information as it becomes available.

The above statement was from http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/bil-jac-dog-food-recall/

Be sure to discontinue any use of this dog food immediately and pay close attention to your dog to be sure it doesn’t show signs of illness.
For more information on other recent dog food recalls, we encourage you to visit http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/ where they have a long list of all of the types of food and brands that have been taken off the shelves.


Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle

How does some tasty Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle sound to you and to your pooch?  There is a huge trend towards people making their own dog treats for their pets and it seems to be working out very well.

poodle getting a dog treat

Your poodle will surely appreciate a home made dog treat like this one

 Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle

The huge number of pet food recalls that have made the news have scared a lot of people away from such treats as chicken jerky and other doggy snacks that were contaminated by salmonella.  It has caused a great deal of pet owners to carefully consider what they are going to feed their poodles and other dogs.  Dog treats are a part of any dog training and are also a great way to reward our animal companions for just being great pets, which they are, every day.

People all over are even getting into the doggy treat game as a real business and it’s become a cottage industry.  Dozens of new companies are springing up all over the world starting out right at home in the family kitchen.  Here’s one story that appeared in wickedlocal.com about a family dog that inspired a home made dog treat business.

“Forrest” was adopted from Louisiana by Paul and Susan Allen in 2005 and became a family companion and friend to their two sons Andrew and Christopher when presented to Andrew as a birthday gift.

Forrest was the inspiration for JULU, short for Just Luv’em, a collection of pet treats and skin care products created, marketed and sold by the family.

“I love to cook and be creative,” said Susan. “(Making the products) was a fun way to make Forrest healthy, natural treats. He is our biggest fan! He hopes that all pets enjoy them as much as he does because he is very jealous when we load up the car and drive off without him.”

If you want to try to make some tasty Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle, here’s a video from youtube that has an easy recipe you can try for yourself.  I’m sure your poodle will love you for it.

If you want the easy way to learn to make great homemade dog treats for your poodle, or other dog, here’s the best selling book in Amazon on great dog treat recipes. Just click on the link below to get a copy of this today.


Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners

Here’s another Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners and owners of other dogs.  Nature’s Variety has done a voluntary recall of it’s Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for dogs due to an “off odor” from the food.  They say it has not been contaminated in any way, but it is not keeping fresh within the limits of expected shelf life.

nature's variety pet foodThe CEO of Nature’s Variety issued the following statement regarding the recall:

“At Nature’s Variety, we make every effort to ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards. We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”

Read from the original source here

If you want to know which brands have been recalled, they are listed below:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

That is the latest news we have on the Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners.  We will do our best to keep you up to date on any new recalls and let you know of any other brands of dog food that are affected.





Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle

Instead of boring old dry kibble in your dog’s food bowl, try a new brand of healthy Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle. Here’s a great story about taking your passion and turning it into a business. A woman who was a designer quite her job and became devoted to creating healthier food for her dog, Zoe, who had a skin condition. In her quest for a better meal for her pup, she decided to put the high grade, organic dog food on the market and now her brand of Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle or other dog breed, is now in 22 stores in and around the Brooklyn, NY area.

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Give Your Poodle A Healthy Treat

It all started with Zoe, a pit bull, her rash and hot spots.

Nancy Liao, who lives in Park Slope and was a designer for the cosmetic company Fresh, was frustrated that her pup, who she refers to as “the beast,” was still covered with a skin rash after visits to the veterinarian, rounds of antibiotics, shampoo and other medicines.

During yet another trip to the vet, the doctor said that Zoe’s skin aliment might have something to do with her diet, which has been Kibble dry food for her entire life.

Liao devoured books on canine nutrition, like Dr. Pitcairn’s “Natural Health for Dogs” and other resources. She soon formulated recipes for a well-balanced meal and made Zoe a bowl full of human-grade chicken with sweet potatoes, millet and peas. The skin rash went away and she never gave the beast Kibble again.

“Once you see the benefits from your dog doing well on high-quality food, you just can’t go back,” Liao said during an interview in her shared commercial kitchen in Sunset Park.

This is a great story for two reasons. First of all, I love to hear a real story about someone following their passion and having it lead to a successful business. Secondly, so many more people are getting more concerned about feeding their poodles and pets higher quality and better grade dog food, that it has become a huge and growing business for those who do a good job and get involved. If you are looking for a good choice of Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle or other kind of dog breed, I would safely say there are more tempting choices available than ever before. I wish Nancy Liao all the success in the world with her business and her organic dog food products.

Read more from the original story and article by clicking on this link


Poodle owners are spending more on healthy dog products

More and more these days you will find that Poodle owners are spending more on healthy dog products and are much more picky when it comes to the type of food and other consumer products for their dogs. Instead of settling for the same old dog food for their dog or poodle, people are really looking for more healthier choices of food with more nutritional benefits and less contaminants and poor quality by products.

Even things like water dishes can end up costing more than expected, but acording to the article we found, it is well worth the price difference. After the recent chicken jerky treats recall and dog toys from China made with questionable materials, people are becoming more conscious and discriminating when it comes to what we buy for our pets.

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Oh, no, not this awful stuff again!

DES MOINES, Iowa — Like many pet owners, customers at April Lawrence’s pet bakery and boutique in central Iowa want the best for their four-legged family members.

That means high-quality, safe and eco-friendly products, from organic food and treats to BPA-free toys and water dishes. And they don’t mind paying extra.

“The customers are looking at their pets as part of their extended family,” says Lawrence, adding that the organic, baked-from-scratch, healthy treats she sells at Bone-a-patreat Pet Bakery and Boutique are especially popular. “They’re better than what I eat!”

Many pet owners began looking for safer products after huge pet food recalls in early 2007 that followed the renal failure and death of hundreds of animals, says Leslie May, who operates Pawsible Marketing, a firm that helps pet-related businesses, in Blue Ridge, Ga.

“It really prompted people to wake up and look at what’s in their pet’s food and what’s around their pet’s life, in their environment,” she says, adding that there’s also a growing awareness of lead in dog toys made in China, and of the dangers posed by some plastics used in many pet products.

Social media sites have provided a forum for people to learn more about pet health, she says, and that also leads to a demand for safe, well-made items.

“You are getting higher quality, which last longer, so you actually come out even or ahead in the end,” says May.

For example, a food bowl free of the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, may cost twice as much as an ordinary bowl, but it can last a dog’s lifetime.

Brad Weston, chief merchandising officer for Petco, a leading pet-products retailer with more than 1,100 stores, says there’s definitely a trend toward healthy, eco-friendly products as pet owners project their own lifestyle choices onto their pets.

“(Pets) are increasingly thought of as family members, so not only are we willing to dig deeper into our pockets for our pets, the choices we make for them are a direct reflection of our personal preferences, values and ideals,” he says.

Petco stores include a Natural Shop, featuring natural and organic foods and treats. And the company has introduced a line called Planet Petco, with earth-conscious products that are non-toxic, chemical-free and made from sustainable materials.

No matter if the economy is slumping, Weston expects the trend in premium pet products to keep growing.

I think the fact that Poodle owners are spending more on healthy dog products is a great trend for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is much better for all of our pets, whether they are poodles, cats or other pets. It’s also good that people are demanding higher standards for the pet food industry and it’s a wake up call for those who are just out to make a buck and do not really care about making things of high quality that are wholesome and safe for dogs and other pets.

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