Many breeds, the Poodle included, have a sensitivity to food additives that are found in many commercial brands. This includes artificial flavoring, artificial coloring and preservatives. These chemicals can cause a range of issues including
allergies and digestive upset.
Another issue with manufactured brands is that many offer questionable ingredients. You will want to carefully read the label. Meat by-products are parts of slaughtered animals that are considered 'waste' for human standards; this includes lungs, stomach lining, kidney, bone and intestines of animals. Rendered meats are 'cleaned' meats that can legally be from diseased animals, those that die on route to facilities and even road kill.
Finally, fillers are often added to these foods which have no nutritional value, only serving to plump up the food. And binders have no value other than to bind food together. Some of these are wheat gluten, corn gluten, brewers rice (a cheap version of actual rice), grain fermentation solubles and potato product (a stripped down version of whole potatoes).
For these reasons, it is important to carefully choose what you wish to feed your Poodle. If you opt for a manufactured brand, we would suggest Orijen. A second good choice is Whole Earth Farms. Orijen is a premium food that contains real meats such as chicken meal (this is a condensed meat that is high in protein), turkey, herring, real potato, peas, eggs, carrots and other healthy ingredients such as fruits that have probiotic qualities.
Another good option is to home cooking. With this feeding method, you have control over every ingredient and the most beneficial aspect is the complete elimination of any chemicals (flavoring, coloring and preservatives). Feeding a Poodle a diet of wholesome, homemade food can often resolve food allergies.