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Often times, a new puppy owner would like to know which products I have found that I would recommend. With so many pet products in the marketplace, shopping for your new puppy can be confusing. Here are just some of my personal favorites, along with where to find them.
We are feeding our poodles dog food made in the USA by Royal Canin. The FDA has been studying links to serious heart issues (canine dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM) made between feeding a "boutique" dog food as well as feeding a grain free food. My veterinarian has strongly recommended that we follow the FDA's current guidelines that dogs should be fed foods produced by major dog food manufacturers that have long term food studies completed and that employ full time animal nutritionists, especially until further studies are completed. Those foods that would meet the FDA's current guidelines are: Royal Canin, Science Diet, Purina Pro Plan and Eukanuba. If you would like to read more about the FDA's findings, please find that here: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/outbreaks-and-advisories/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy
There are many wonderful dog food companies to choose from, and we have chose to err on the side of caution and follow the FDA guidelines and take no chances with our precious poodles. We have been very happy feeding our dogs Royal Canin foods and they are doing very well on this food. We are feeding the "Medium" formula foods that are made for dogs in our poodle's size range: https://www.royalcanin.com/us/dogs/products/retail-products/medium-puppy-dry-dog-food This food is widely available and major retailers like Petco, Petsmart, Chewy.com carry Royal Canin.
*Please note that Royal Canin's poodle formula is not made for standard poodles, but rather the smaller mini and toy varieties. Do not feed your standard this food.
Through the years I have found that I really love the collars and leashes that Lupine makes. They are guaranteed even if chewed! Very cute designs and sturdy buckles, too. You can find them at most pet stores, or you can shop their website directly at: https://www.lupinepet.com
Poodles have hair instead of fur, so I have found a conditioner is a necessary item when bathing and grooming. I love the scent and squeaky clean hair after using Buddy Wash Lavender and Mint shampoo and conditioner. They also offer other scents if lavender isn't your favorite. They can be found at https://www.chewy.com/buddy-wash-original-lavender-mint-dog/dp/42897 and https://www.chewy.com/buddy-wash-original-lavender-mint-dog/dp/42891 When brushing your poodle, you will also need a light conditioning spray. It is best to never brush through a dry coat as it can cause hair breakage. I like this one by Chi, also available at Chewy: https://www.chewy.com/chi-keratin-leave-in-conditioner/dp/186539 In a pinch, you can use a squirt of conditioner diluted in water in a spray bottle.
Your puppy will arrive to you microchipped, however it is best to also have an ID tag on his/her collar. I love the tags made by a small Etsy store called the HipHoundCompany! Unique and really well made, you can find her selection at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hiphoundcompany
In order to maintain a poodle coat, you will need both a brush and a comb. The comb can help work out tangles and is a great way to check that you have brushed the hair to the skin. I like this Andis brush during the puppy stage https://www.chewy.com/andis-premium-large-pin-pet-brush/dp/108445 and https://www.chewy.com/andis-steel-pet-comb-75-in/dp/54017 for the stainless comb. The 10" comb size works best for maintaining a standard poodle. The premier brush for maintaining an adult standard poodles coat is https://www.cherrybrook.com/chris-christensen-big-g-and-big-k-long-pin-slicker-brushes/ The Big K by Chris Christensen will last throughout the lifetime of your dog. An investment to be sure, but very worth it. I really love these Bravura cordless clippers by Wahl, https://www.chewy.com/wahl-bravura-lithium-ion-cordless-dog/dp/151799 available in several fun colors. Very easy to use and to clean.
Royal Canin Medium Puppy helps dogs maintain natural defenses throughout their life, while providing the balanced energy that medium dog needs to maintain a healthy weight.
Royal Canin Medium Adult dry dog food formulas help maintain natural defenses and sustains energy levels to keep your dog healthy and going strong.
Patrick & Farrah love Royal Canin!