Your puppy will be eating Iams Large Breed Puppy food while in my care.  I do recommend switching your puppy over to adult food around 3-4 months of age.







 

   




I free feed my adult dogs a mix of Iams adult chunk, Iams Lamb and Rice and Victor grain free Salmon and Sweet Potato.

 


























I personally don't feel that any brand of dog kibble, as the only source of food, is completely healthy for a dog.  I believe in feeding dogs "people" food as well.  My dogs enjoy chicken, chicken liver, venison, ground beef, eggs, cooked carrots/green beans/sweet potatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables etc. I usually cook these things up and feed them as treats.  There are certain people foods that are toxic to your dog so be careful of what you feed them.  There is a list at the top of this page of some of the foods to avoid.
Information on this page is to be used as a guide only....the opinions expressed here are mine and I do not claim to be a nutritionist, Vet, or groomer.  Much of the info. I have accumulated either by friends, who are also breeders, groomers, trainers, etc., from Vets offices/websites and have used many of the "Home Remedies" with great success.   What works for one does not necessarily work for another, so please always consult with a professional!
    Some Common Foods That May be Toxic to Your Dog
1. Chocolate
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Grapes
5. Raisins
6. Macadamia Nuts
7. Xylitol sweetener found in gum/candy and many other things, now even in some PEANUT BUTTERS!  SO PLEASE READ INGREDIENTS!

  If your pet has ingested a known poison, call your Veterinarian immediately!  If you need to induce vomiting you can safely use ipecac syrup or hydrogen peroxide (for hydrogen peroxide, give 10cc by mouth (with a syringe) every 15 minutes until desired effect is produced).  I know hydrogen peroxide works well as I had a puppy once who swallowed an entire sock....the peroxide made him vomit and out came the sock!  The puppy was fine and had no ill effects.  Proof that puppies will eat just about anything!!

  * I will continue to add to this list as I learn...so, if you know of anything that is toxic/poison to pets, please let me know*
  Below is a recipe for an awesome ear cleaner that I received from a groomer/trainer/friend.....in my experience with the Poodle ears, I have to say this is the best ear cleaner I have come across!  I have not had any "problem ears" since using this formula.  It is very cheap to make and lasts a long time....you can get the ingredients at your local Drug Store....but they do not all carry the Gentian Violet Solution....I found mine at my local Rite Aid.  The Gentian Violet was used years ago to treat thrush (yeast) in babies mouths....I remember using it for my oldest son who is now 21 yrs. old.  Which is one reason, to me, that this recipe makes sense is that usually, an ear infection in a dog is caused by yeast. 

                   "Blue Power Ear Treatment"

                                 Ingredients:
              16 oz. Isopropyl Alcohol (I use the 70%)
               4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
              16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

  Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.  You will need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.  To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears. (I use the bottle from the ear cleaning solution that I used before I received this great recipe).

  Treatment: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out the ear at all but just put the solution into the ears.  Wait until the inflammation has subsided, which will be about 2 days, before wiping or plucking the ears.

  Shake the bottle each time before using.  flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue...or cotton.

  Flood again on the first treatment, wipe with a tissue (or cotton) and leave alone without massage.  The dog will shake the excess out which can be wiped up with a tissue, the Gentian Violet does stain fabric, so don't do this on carpet floor.

             The schedule of treatment as follows:

  Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon the severity of the ears.  Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks.  Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog). (I treat every couple of weeks).

  Myself, I usually clean my dogs ears about every 2 weeks as a maintenance.....and again if they go swimming, take a bath, etc.....or if their ears are just plain dirty from playing outside.....but, when excessively dirty, I follow the schedule above.  To wipe out the ear, I use cotton balls or better yet, cotton pads because they do not fall apart.


  Below are some Home Remedies...but, this is meant as a reference only.... Please CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING ANY MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG!!

Hydrogen Peroxide - In dogs, this is like Ipecac Syrup.  Use it to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion (but, be sure that it is safe to induce vomiting....ask your Vet). Give 10cc by mouth (with a syringe) every 15 minutes until desired effect is produced.

Buffered Aspirin - Use for pain relief or for the anti-inflammatory effects - give 5mg per pound of body weight twice daily.    NEVER GIVE TYLENOL (Acetaminophen)
                          

Kaopectate - Used to stop diarrhea.   Give 1cc per pound of body weight every 2 hours until diarrhea stops.  Note: can cause stools to become dark in color...this is normal.

Dramamine - Used to combat motion sickness.  Note: This will make your dog very drowsy.  Also you cannot use this product when shipping a dog via airlines - You can give up to 50mg every 8 hours.  (I know some people use
Benedryl for this).

Ginger - This can also be used for motion sickness and is more gentle and natural....also helps to calm an upset stomach.

Mineral Oil - This can be used for constipation in dogs....give up to 4 tablespoons daily until constipation has subsided.  Do not use long term as they will not get the appropriate nutrition from their food.

Canned Pumpkin - This can be used for constipation or diarrhea.  It helps to regulate the stool. (I have not used it for constipation but have for diarrhea and it works really fast).  Give 1 Tablespoon twice daily until the problem is relieved.
Molly's Darling Doodles
      And Poodles
Home Treatments ~ First Aid For Dogs

With all of the following home treatments, if possible please call your Vet's office before using to make sure your pet's situation will be helped and not harmed by these treatments. These home treatments are meant to be more convenient in the middle of the night, when money is tight, or any other time you are unable to take your pet into the Vet. They ARE NOT meant to take the place of the veterinarian's exam or diagnosis.

Vomiting - Remove food bowl and water bowl. Offer nothing by mouth for 12 hours. Then offer small amounts of pedialyte, gatorade or water. If your dog is able to hold the liquid down for 4-6 hours, slowly reintroduce food in small amounts. If still unable to keep food down, please contact your Vet.

Diarrhea - For diarrhea, give Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate. (PLEASE DO NOT GIVE PEPTO OR KAOPECTATE TO CATS) Give 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds or 1 tablespoon per 15 pounds (so 1cc per pound) every 2 hours. If diarrhea does not improve after 3-4 doses, please contact your Vet.

Itch or sudden puffy swelling of the face and/or feet - For excessive itch or allergic reaction, give Benadryl 1mg per pound every 4-8 hours. (25mg tablet for 10-25 pounds, 50mg tablet for 25 pounds and up).  If your dog continues to swell up or begins to have difficulty breathing due to the reaction, please contact Vet immediately.

Pain - NEVER GIVE IBUPROFEN, TYLENOL, MOTRIN OR ALEVE TO YOUR DOG. Instead give Aspirin (Bayers Aspirin is okay)-1 tablet (325mg) per 30 pounds every 12 hours. Baby(Children's) Aspirin 1 tablet(81mg) per 7.5 pounds every 12 hours. NEVER EVER GIVE ANY PAIN MEDICATION TO CATS!

Cough - For a persistant cough, give Robitussin DM, 1cc per 2 pounds, 1
teaspoon per 10 pounds, 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Give every 4 hours.
If cough does not subside please contact your Vet.

Red or Runny Eyes - Use normal opthalmic solution (regular contact solution is fine) 2-3 drops every 4 hours. DO NOT USE ANY SOLUTION WITH A STEROID IN IT UNTIL THE EYES HAVE BEEN EXAMINED BY A VETERINARIAN. If eyes continue to stay red or becomes painful, please contact your Vet.

Wound Care - Apply direct pressure to stop bleeding and bandage lightly if possible (almost all lacerations can be sutured satisfactorily for up to 12 hours after injury). For deeper or infected wounds, please contact your Vet.

Seizures - In the case of a seizure, it is important to remain as calm as
possible as to not further stress your pet. Reduce lighting, turn them on their side and wrap your pet in a blanket or place on something soft until seizure stops (usually 1-3 minutes) KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THEIR MOUTH, THEY WILL NOT SWALLOW THEIR TONGUE. Please contact your Vet if the seizures continue or do not subside.

Itchy rash - Apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream every hour. Rub in well. If rash spreads or if skin becomes broken from excessive licking/scratching, please contact your Vet.

Constipation - For constipation problems give Dulcolax; 1 tablet every 8
hours (max 4 doses), or vegetable oil (Wesson Oil, etc); 1 teaspoon per 5
pounds every 4 hours. If your pet is still unable to have a bowel movement after treatments please contact your Vet.

Induce Vomiting - To induce vomiting, give Syrup of Ipecac-give 1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds, should work within 30 minutes, or give Hydrogen Peroxide-1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds every 10 minutes until effective. Inducing vomiting is necessary if you suspect your pet has consumed rat poison. For all other concerns, please contact  your Vet first.

Skunk Odor Removal: Mix together 1 cup peroxide, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 cup dish soap. Soak dog in mixture and let mixture stay on dog for a few minutes. Rinse well. Re-apply as necessary


Grooming Tips and Tools






 

    Pictured above are the 3 tools that I use when brushing my Poodles and Doodles.  On the left a slicker brush.  I use this first to brush over the entire coat.  Be careful not to brush too hard because you can do damage to the skin.   2nd I use a metal toothed comb (pictured in the middle).  Be sure to comb down to the skin to keep the coat from forming mats.  Pictured on the right is a dematting comb.  This can be used to break up any mats found while combing through the coat.  Be careful as this tool has actual blades that can cut you (been there, done that…LOL)….the thumb guard is a must have.  A weekly brushing is usually sufficient to keep the coat mat free.

Tips
1). There are some slicker brushes that are softer than others which will be less likely to cause damage to your dog’s skin.
2). From personal experience, I do not recommend using a metal comb that has rotating bristles.
3). Always brush/comb your dog and be sure he/she is free of mats BEFORE giving him/her a bath….this will save you a lot of grief later because mats will only get tighter to the skin when wet.
4). Be sure to clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis to avoid ear infections!  You should pluck any hair from within the ear canal as far as you can reach with your fingers. I do not recommend using tweezers or hemostats to remove hair from the ear canal because you may hurt the dog.   There is an ear powder you can purchase at any pet supply store that makes it a lot easier to grip and pull out.  Blue Power Ear Treatment is the best ear cleaner I have used and it is very cost effective.  I include the recipe for it in my puppy packets and it is also on this page.  Be sure to put ear cleaner in your dog’s ears whenever they are in contact with water….swimming, after baths, etc. because water can get trapped in the ear and cause an infection.  The most common ear infections are caused by yeast and can be taken care of with the Blue Power Ear Treatment.  If your dogs ears are infected and it does not get better after using this ear cleaner, please consult with your Vet as it could be a bacterial infection that needs medical attention!!
5).  It is easiest to clip a dog’s nails after a bath because the water softens them some……and don’t forget to trim the dew claws!
6).  Poodles coats need to be cut about every 6-8 weeks.  Goldendoodle coats do not grow as fast as Poodle coats and usually only need to be cut a couple of times a year depending on how short you want their coat to be.  But, you may need to trim around their eyes in between so they can see.