Pointers for Feeding Your Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are favorite pets for adults and kids alike. Labs, as they are usually called, have certain needs which are quite different than what is needed for other types of dogs, such as those related to feeding.

Scheduled Feedings

If you have a younger pup, a good daily feeding schedule is three or four times a day. If she’s an adult, twice or thrice is fine. Check your dog food Label to know how much is appropriate for e her weight, and divide that into the number of meals you want to give her in a day. If she seems dissatisfied after eating, it’s okay to give her a little more. In any case, don’t forget to leave enough fresh, drinking water for her.

Quality Food

Always buy your Lab superior-quality dog food, and you can decide if this should wet or dry. Grain-free food is also an option. Of course, your veterinarian will be the best source of information about which food is best for your dog.

Gradual Substitution

Find out what your pet was eating before you had her and begin from there. No matter if the food is not that high-quality, don’t substitute it too quickly to keep her from developing gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea and vomiting. Instead, on her first week with you, feed her a mix of 3/4 old food and 1/4 new food, then give her half of each for week number two. The third week should be 1/4 old food and 3/4 new food, after which you can give her purely the new food. Remember though that Labrador retrievers are a very picky breed, and in most cases, they won’t be happy with dry food. You may need a little creativity to get her to eat – for example, to make your Lab’s meals more interesting, throw in some extras such as a little canned food or plain yogurt. Whatever extra food you want to give her, watch out for excessive salt or sugar contents.

Food Treats

Finally, give your Lab dog treats from time to time but not too much. If she’s too full for her next meal, she might skip it and that’s not healthy for her. Treats cannot take the place of a full meal, although they are remarkably effective during training. Besides commercial treats, it’s also good to give your pet small chunks of plain chicken breast, along with some hard-boiled egg, sweet potatoes and cooked carrots. Table foods are a no-no because they may contain onion, garlic, or other ingredients that could be toxic to Labs. Sometimes, what is healthy for humans can actually hurt canines, especially when it comes to Labrador retrievers.

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