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You want to invest in your dog’s health because it’s a gift that lasts a lifetime. You may be here because your best friend is a picky eater, has food sensitivities, or you may just be looking to find the best quality dog food. In this article, I'll share the pros and cons with links for you to find the best option for you and your fur baby.
Choosing a high-quality food is one of the most important things you'll ever do for your new family member.
Nothing compares to the convenience of dry kibble and the ability to easily measure and apportion it out. If you prefer to use a dry dog food that you can trust never uses cheap fillers. The dry food I recommend is whitefish & brown rice by Pawtree. They have wonderful food toppers that help picky eaters finish their meals and spice it up if they are getting bored. Many goldendoodles have chicken allergies and vets recommend staying far way from grain-free foods. If you’re curious how other dog food brands compare, you can see how they measure up on Dog Food Advisor.
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Managing Loose Stools
From time to time, every puppy gets an upset tummy. This could be stress induced, too many treats, eating table food or exploring the taste of the great outdoors. Loose stools are no fun for puppy parents, so I recommend keeping some natural remedies on hand because once you need them waiting for them to arrive feels like an eternity. To help your puppy reset their gut flora, you can support their digestive system with pre-biotics that contain soothing pectin (linked here) and administer a pumpkin pro-biotic (linked here). If the diarrhea is pervasive, you can get bring a stool sample to your vet and they can test for parasites.
What about treats? I’m sure you’re already puppy-proofing your home and thinking about ways to make them comfortable. Your puppy will likely be teething and of course, if they nibble on your hands or an off-limits object you can tell them no. However, it is important to give them something they should be chewing on. You don’t want to give dog toys that will crack or splinter into small pieces like rawhide, so we recommend Yak chews, cow hooves, and large elk antlers. Your new puppy has razor-sharp teeth and I wouldn’t recommend giving them plush bedding or anything that has small pieces they can break off and potentially choke on. Some doodles are allergic to chicken, so we recommend treats like these freeze-dried fish and CBD treats here.