Optimum Dog Nutrition
Quality Nutrition for Healthy Development
I am a firm believer that pets deserve the best diet possible. Quality dog nutrition helps to ensure that pets live long, healthy lives. Proper dog nutrition produces beautiful poodle coats with shiny hair and healthy skin. It also reduces health issues from food allergies, such as itchy skin, ear infections, and eye staining.
My poodles eat Farmina dog food, which is made in Italy. Farmina uses high quality ingredients to produce their kibble. My dogs LOVE the food! Their stools are small and solid, which is an indicator of properly digested food. I rotate their protein sources between the chicken and lamb Farmina recipes. My adults maintain healthy weights, and puppies grow at a healthy rate. I recommend that puppies continue eating Farmina Ancestral Grains for at least the first year of life, and it is a requirement for my health guarantee. The food is available for purchase online and ships quickly. As an ambassador for Farmina, I am able to provide a link to purchase the food that includes a discount. Please email me to learn more about Farmina dog food.
I leave food out all of the time for both my adults and puppies. If families prefer to feed their puppies at set times, I recommend letting them eat all they want two to three times a day, depending on the age and size of the puppy. My adults have access to food all of the time. Some poodles like to graze and eat small portions of food throughout the day. In my experience, my dogs have not ingested food too quickly or eaten too much when they know the food is available all day long. They eat what they need when they are hungry.
My adults LOVE Acana freeze dried treats. They also love The Honest Kitchen baked treats. When I need to ensure my adults have food in their stomachs before giving medication that needs to be given with food (like Bravecto), I crush Acana freeze dried treats over their dry food or mix Koha canned food with their dry food.
In 2017, I started giving NuVet Plus vitamins to my adults and puppies. I believe NuVet helps to ensure my adults have all of the vitamins and minerals that they need for heathy immune support and digestion. NuVet helps to ensure that my puppies start out with the best nutritional support for their growing bodies. My dogs and puppies all LOVE these vitamin tablets....it is like a daily treat for them. I send a sample of NuVet Plus vitamins home with each puppy. For families that plan to continue giving them vitamins, I recommend ordering NuVet prior to bringing puppy home. If you call 800-474-7044 to order, they will ask for my order number 36603.
“Doggy breath” is never a problem in my house. I always have plenty of antlers and Himalayan chews for my dogs. I also give raw bones occasionally. Raw bones do not splinter, and the bone marrow is a healthy addition to the canine diet. Raw bones, antlers, and Himalayan chews are perfect for teething puppies. Chewing is a healthy habit that helps to maintain lifelong oral health. Professional cleanings may still be necessary, but they are not needed as often with healthy chewing habits. Kiaya is enjoying a Rawsome rib bone in the picture above. I do not recommend rawhides for treats or chewing. Rawhides can cause an obstruction in the intestines.
Nummy Tum-Tum plain, canned pumpkin is very healthy for the canine digestive system. Puppies can have sensitive systems with food change and/or the stress of going to their new homes. Please read Stress and Poop. Pumpkin helps puppies with stressed digestive systems maintain a healthy stool as they transition into their new homes. Some puppies lose their appetites with the stress of switching homes. Plain canned pumpkin and/or plain yogurt help to stimulate their reduced appetites. Animal Essentials Plant Enzyme and Probiotics is also an excellent product to help support digestive health. I use probiotics and pumpkin to help puppies with developing digestive systems when they transition from milk to solid food.
Stainless steel bowls are best for dog dishes. They are easy to sanitize, and they are durable. Avoid using a plastic bowl for water. Plastic bowls can discolor nose pigment. Some dogs enjoy interactive puzzles and food dispensing toys, such as a Kong Wobbler. Food dispensing toys sometimes help puppies that loose their appetite when they first go to their new homes.
When offering food and treats outside of commercial dog food, please be aware of the foods that are poisonous to dogs. It is also important to ensure your home and yard does not contain plants that are poisonous to dogs. One of my puppy families had a sago palm tree in their yard. Unfortunately, they were not aware that the sago palm nuts are extremely poisonous to dogs. Their dog ate part of the nut and died from liver damage several months later. The following articles regarding toxic food and plants were published by the ASPCA: