Standard Poodle Nutrition
written by Shiela Thomas

Coplar Creek beliefs on Feeding Kibble vs. Raw, Feeding puppies, Bloat, and Supplements

Choosing your kibble:
 We take pride in feeding high quality kibble to our Standard Poodles.  We choose to feed kibble that score A+ on the grade system below.  We recommend
whichever kibble you chose to feed you use the grade system below and feed only kibble rating A or B.  We do not use food that has corn as wheat as one of the first ingredients.  Choosing
a low quality food may cause allergies and ear infections, create a dull and unhealthy skin & coat, increase likelihood of health issues as well as weaken bones etc..  Unlike many dog owners
we do not feel that the most expensive kibble is always the best.  For example, the "Diamond -Large breed" brand is sold at most Fred Meyer Stores at a reasonable price and gets a high
score below.  One Standard Poodle breeder with over 15 years experience shared with us that they feed only Diamond brand food and no other.  Kirkland brand food from Costco is another
reasonably priced kibble that has one of the highest scores listed below.  We often use Kirkland Brand dog food in our program with great results.   Another well known and experienced
Standard Poodle breeder told us recently that they have had excellent results with "Taste of the Wild" Roasted Wild fowl leaving their dogs less gassy and with better breath.  Our
veterinarian feels if you are feeding your normal healthy dog a high quality kibble you do not have to supplement your dogs diet with vitamins and minerals (please talk to your veterinarian
regarding this issue.)  If you are having health issues or have concerns with your pets condition or your dog is frequently stressed you may want to consider using a supplement like
NuvetPlus.  We add pro-biotics while worming and routinely add fish oil and Vitamin E to their diets although it is not deemed necessary.  We also take extra care with our pregnant females
by adding lots of extras to the diet.

What to Feed your puppy:  If you plan to change the dog food you will be feeding your puppy please do it gradually to relieve stomach upset.  There is some controversy about feeding
Puppy food to large breed dogs.  Some feel puppy food causes large breed dogs to grow so rapidly that their bones cannot support the growth.   Many breeders choose to feed an adult
food vs. puppy food for this reason.  I recommend you research this issue and discuss it with your Vet.  Many high quality Kibble brands do not distinguish between adult or puppy food.

Here are a few tips on how to find the best puppy kibble for your new dog!

1. Always feed a puppy kibble that has a good quality protein source. Is it animal or vegetable protein? Animal protein is by far the best. Dogs metabolize animal protein much better. The
best animal protein source is chicken meal. It has less water in it than regular chicken meat which means it will be more concentrated and supply sufficient protein to your dog.
2. Find a puppy kibble food with NO by products. Have you ever wondered why they call it by- products? By products are all the left overs like chicken feet, wings, intestines...well you get the
picture. This is a very inferior protein and can cause problems for your puppy.
3. Stay away from a food that has corn gluten, wheat gluten, corn or soy in it. These can be very difficult for a puppy to digest. They can also lead to allergies in your puppy.
4. Look for health promoting ingredients like bacteria cultures, antioxidants, and probiotics. These will help to give your puppy a healthy GI tract. Puppies with a healthy GI tract will develop a
strong immune system that will help keep them resistant to future health issues.
5. Look at the ingredient list and see what the first 5 ingredients are. They will be the indicator as to whether you have a good quality puppy kibble or not. A good food should not have more
than 2 grains listed in the first 5 ingredients. Protein should be the main ingredient.
6. Don't be fooled by mainstream dog food companies that say you need a special food just for your puppy. If the ratios on the nutrients are correct, a puppy should be able to eat the same
dog food as an adult dog. Always stay with a high quality dog food.
Did you know that dogs fed a high quality food live almost 5 years longer than dogs fed a lesser quality food?
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Bloat:
Some Standard Poodles have had problems with Bloat (although we have never had a bloat problem with our dogs.)   There is some evidence to show that free feeding your poodle
may help to avoid bloat by keeping your dog from overeating then drinking causing the kibble to swell in the stomach and possibly cause bloat.  Please talk to your veterinarian regarding this
issue!  There are other preventative measures for bloat ie. stomach tacking that may also be something to discuss with your Vet.  Most Standard Poodles are not prone to obesity so free
feeding may not be a bad option (although free feeding may be best after the potty training stage for obvious reasons.)  

Supplements:  If you are already a pet owner and find your aren't  pleased with the health or condition of your pet we recommend you use a supplement called Nuvet.  We recommend it
for people that are having a hard time keeping weight on their pets, for common health ailments & during breeding.  Others have told us it is helping tremendously with eye stains and ear
problems.   If you would like to order from
Nuvet please use the following website: www.nuvet.com/83821.  Bringing home your new puppy usually causes the puppy to get stressed.  We
recommend all our puppy buyers use the
NuvetPlus to help strengthen the immune system (recommended but not required.)  You may want to consider checking out the following website
that sells natural products that keep your puppy from getting ill under stressful times:
http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com



Raw Feeding

We respect and support breeders who choose to feed raw although we do not feed raw at this time.   Please let us know if you would like more information about raw feeding your poodle and
we can provide you with other resources and contacts.  Our Jake loves eating raw and his favorite is Elk while visiting Corrie w/Dreamscapes Standard Poodles in Trout Creek Montana.  I
noticed a big improvement on the tartar build up on his teeth while eating raw and chewing the raw bones.   Raw feeding does not have to be more expensive than feeding some brands of
kibble.  For example, you can find bags of frozen Chicken Wing and Thigh at Walmart for around $7.00 for 10 lbs..  Warning: You will really need to educate yourself before choosing a raw
diet for your dog!  There are food handling issues as well as safety and nutrition issues to consider when feeding raw.  If you aren't willing to follow safety protocol with raw feeding you
should feed kibble.

Fun fact:  Did you know dogs can eat raw chicken bone on a raw diet?


****The above information is based on experience and beliefs of CCSP and we are not Professional Healthcare Providers.  Please do not copy this information without permission.***


Dog Food Grade chart posted below is compliments of www.smithpoodles.com

GRADE YOUR DOG'S FOOD


Look at the ingredients information of your dog food. Find the ingredient listed on the table below.  Starting with 100 points, add or subtract the points given for each ingredient and total the
points.  Print this sheet to total your points for each item & then the grade scale is listed at the end of the table.  We've listed at the bottom of this page the Grading Results for some Popular
dog foods  by Brand and then by Score.  

INGREDIENT                                                                                                                                                     Points
(Add or Subtract)  New Score  
For every listing of "By-Product"                                                                                                                        -10     
For every Non-Specific Animal Source ("Meat" or "Poultry", Meat, Meal or Fat) reference                                -10     
For every Grain "Mill Run" or Non-Specific Grain Source                                                                                   - 5     
Same Grain ingredient used 2 or more times in the first 5 ingredients.  
(example: ground brown rice, brewer's rice, and rice flour are all the same grain)                                             - 5     
Corn listed in the top 5 ingredients                                                                                                                     -2     
Protein Sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients                            - 3     
If Lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources)                        - 2     
Food is Baked NOT Extruded                                                                                                                            + 5     
Food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist                                                                               + 5     
Animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free                                                                                        + 2     
Vegetables have been tested for pesticides and ARE Pesticide-Free                                                               + 1     
Any of the meat sources are Organic                                                                                                                + 5     
For every different specific animal protein source, other than the 1st one.   (example: Count "chicken" & "chicken meal" as only 1 protein source, BUT count "chicken" & "fish" as 2 different
sources)                                        + 1     
IF THE FOOD CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:  
BHA, BHT, or Ethoxyquin                                                                                                                                  - 10     
Any Artificial Colorants                                                                                                                                       - 3     
Ground Corn or Whole Grain Corn                                                                                                                    - 3     
Any Animal Fat (other than Fish Oil)                                                                                                                  - 2     
Soy or Soybeans                                                                                                                                               - 2     
Salt                                                                                                                                                                    - 1     
Wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat)                                                                           - 2     
Beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef)                                                                                 - 1     
Fruit                                                                                                                                                                   + 3     
Barley                                                                                                                                                                + 2     
Probiotics                                                                                                                                                          + 3     
Vegetables (NOT Corn or Other Grains)                                                                                                           + 3     
Flax Seed Oil (not just the seeds)                                                                                                                     + 2     
Oats or Oatmeal                                                                                                                                                + 1     
Sunflower Oil                                                                                                                                                     + 1     
Glucosamine & Chondroitin                                                                                                                               + 1     
TOTAL POINTS HERE     
                                          
                                                    
                                                             100   +/-     =   _______  
Grade Scale


100+ = A+          94-100 = A          86-93 = B          78-85 = C          70-77 = D          69-below = F

SEE THE DOG FOODS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SCORED.  
For convenience we have listed the dog foods Alphabetically by Brand & then by Numerically by

Alphabetically by Brand  
Brand                                                                                                          Score                     Grade  
Authority Harvest Baked                                                                                      116                          A+  
Bil-Jac Select                                                                                                         68                          F  
Canidae                                                                                                               112                          A+  
Chicken Soup Senior                                                                                           115                          A+  
Diamond Maintenance                                                                                           64                          F  
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice                                                                                   92                          B  
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula                                                                       99                          A  
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium                                                122                          A+  
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato                                                                      106                          A+  
Eagle Pack Holistic                                                                                               119                          A+  
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken                                                                                 114                          A+  
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy                                                            94                          A  
Eagle Pack Natural                                                                                                94                          A  
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult                                                                                83                          C  
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice                                                                         87                          B  
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source)                                                           92                           B  
Foundations                                                                                                        106                           A+  
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold                                                   93                           A  
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium                                                            73                           D  
Iams Large Breed                                                                                                  83                           C   
Innova Dog                                                                                                          114                           A+  
Innova Evo                                                                                                           114                           A+  
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables                                              110                           A+  
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable                                      108                           A+  
Natural Balance Duck and Potato                                                                         114                           A+  
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice                                                                                    87                            B  
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal (non-specific fat source)                                      85                            C  
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy                                                              87                             B  
Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice                                                                      85                            C  
Ol Roy                                                                                                                      9                             F  
Pedigree Complete Nutrition                                                                                  42                              F  
Pedigree Adult Complete                                                                                       14                              F  
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice                                                                            23                             F  
Pro Plan All Breed                                                                                                  68                             F  
Pro Plan Natural Turkey & Barley                                                                         103                             A+  
Purina Beneful                                                                                                        17                             F  
Purina Dog                                                                                                             62                              F  
Purina Come-n-Get It                                                                                             16                              F  
Royal Canin Bulldog                                                                                            100                              A+  
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula                                                                     97                              A  
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult                                                                          106                              A+  
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice                                                                        97                              A  
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+                                                             63                              F  
Science Diet chicken adult maintenance                                                               45                              F  
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies                                                               69                               F  
Taste of the Wild                                                                                               121                           A+
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison                                                             136                             A+  
Wellness Just for Puppy                                                                                      117                             A+  
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken                                                                             110                             A+  
Solid Gold Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison)                                                                  97                             A  

Numerical by Score  
Brand                                                                                       Score                          Grade  
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison                                    136                                A+  
Solid Gold Bison                                                                         123                                A+  
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium  Score           122                                A+  
Eagle Pack Holistic  Score                                                          119                                A+  
Wellness Just for Puppy  Score                                                  117                                A+  
Authority Harvest Baked  Score                                                  116                                A+  
Chicken Soup Senior  Score                                                       115                               A+  
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken  Score                                             114                               A+  
Innova Dog  Score                                                                       114                              A+  
Innova Evo  Score                                                                        114                             A+  
Natural Balance Duck and Potato  Score                                               114                             A+            
Canidae  Score                                                                            112                             A+  
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables  Score           110                            A+   
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken  Score                                           110                            A+  
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable  Score   108                            A+  
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato  Score                                   106                            A+  
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult                                                   106                            A+  
Foundations                                                                                  106                            A+  
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley                                                   103                            A+  
Royal Canin Bulldog                                                                      100                           A+  
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula                                                99                             A    
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula                                              97                            A  
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice                                                 97                            A  
Solid Gold Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison)                                           97                             A   
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy                                     94                             A    
Eagle Pack Natural                                                                         94                             A   
Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb)                                 93                             A   
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice                                                           92                             B                   
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source)                        92                                             B   
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice                                                  87                             B    
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice                                                            87                             B   
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy                                      87                             B  
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal (non-specific fat source)             85                             C  
Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice                                             85                             C  
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult                                                        83                             C  
Iams Large Breed                                                                          83                            C  
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium                                    73                             D  
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies                                          69                             F  
Bil-Jac Select                                                                                 68                             F  
Pro Plan All Breed                                                                         68                             F  
Diamond Maintenance                                                                  64                             F  
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+                                    63                             F  
Purina Dog                                                                                    62                            F  
Science Diet chicken adult maintenance                                       45                            F  
Pedigree Complete Nu                                                                  42                            F  
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice                                                  23                             F  
Purina Beneful                                                                             17                              F  
Purina Come-n-Get It                                                                   16                              F  
Pedigree Adult Complete                                                             14                              F  
Ol Roy                                                                                           9                              F  

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