Already from day 40, puppies from liquid cereals and dry granules soaked in water are transferred to full-fledged natural nutrition.
A dog in 3 months needs the following foods in the diet:
- the most useful meat for a young animal is raw lean beef, rich in animal proteins and is a building material for the normal development of the body;
- sea fish, rich in phosphorus, proteins and iodine, is given to puppies at 3 months only in boiled form;
- cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt and milk are needed for optimal digestion and intestinal health;
- in a small amount, the dog requires the use of cereals. mainly buckwheat and rice.
Also, in porridge with meat and in meat broth, you need to add finely chopped greens, raw vegetables: pumpkin, cabbage, zucchini and carrots. A minimum of salt is allowed when cooking. In addition, the animal needs clean water that is constantly available.
The following foods should be avoided: bones, especially boiled ones, wheat loaf, sausages and sausages, fatty meats, sweets.
From childhood, the puppy must be taught to the correct dog manners. At three months, he should know commands such as “Place”, “Fu”, “Sit”, “Lie down”.
First of all, the baby brought to the house should be introduced to the place where he will sleep and rest, with his utensils for eating and drinking. For the bed, they choose a place that is warm and cozy, so that the puppy gets used to it faster, they put toys there by age and treats, for example, a sugar bone.
An important point is collar training. As soon as the puppy gets comfortable in the house, you can put a dog accessory on him and immediately reward him with some kind of treat.
To raise a boy correctly means to wean him from gnawing things, picking up food from the ground, barking at people and showing aggression towards other animals, as well as teaching him to meet the owner without rushing at him with a joyful roar. for this the puppy must execute the command “Place” or “Sit”.
Even if an animal has done something, you should never punish it if it lies on its back with an open belly. In addition, as the rule says, when punishing the dog must be on a short leash.
However, inexperienced owners often make mistakes during training that can negatively affect the physical health and psyche of the puppy:
- use beatings during training;
- accompany dissatisfaction with the dog’s behavior with obscene language in an angry tone;
- give unbearable instructions and tasks to the animal that do not correspond to its strength and age.
It is also not necessary to train the Labrador in security activities, since this is not his purpose.
Appearance and characteristics of puppies
A Labrador puppy at 3 months looks like a rather large animal, it is already a teenager with strong paws and molars beginning to erupt, replacing milk teeth. Healthy babies have a well-nourished body, but without signs of excess weight, covered with beautiful, shiny and smooth hair.
If the puppy is purebred and healthy, then he has:
- of medium length, dense limbs;
- hanging ears;
- moderately massive head;
- flat back with strong bones;
- tucked up belly;
- uniform color throughout the body, without flaws, color and white spots;
- straight nose;
- medium width of the withers;
- sufficient distance between the back and front legs;
- moderate tail.
The Labrador Retriever, which is a similar breed of hunting dog, may have a narrower, sleeker muzzle, longer and brighter coat, ranging from gold-plated to gold.
A three-month-old Labrador is active, inquisitive, reasonable balance prevails in his character, with the exception of games, when, being carried away, he can growl and bark.
However, this is only temperament, not aggression.
- growth at the withers. 40–42 cm;
- head circumference. 34–36 cm;
- chest girth. 50–56 cm;
- muzzle length. 6-7 cm;
- muzzle girth. 22-24 cm;
- mouth girth. from 11 to 11.5 cm.
At three months, the puppy should weigh about 12-14 kg, while the weight of the girls is closer to the lower limit of the standard.
The lack of pure blood in a puppy can be indicated by: a belly lowered to the ground, too long or disproportionately short limbs, clubfoot and squint, a half-erect appearance of the ears. Also, healthy young animals practically do not have dental diseases.
A three-month-old puppy taken from a breeder should be fed at first in the same way as it was before he appeared in the house. And only after a few weeks, transfer to homemade food or ready-made feed. But for this it is necessary to take into account such nuances as age, weight, the degree of daily physical activity, living conditions.
The puppy is fed 4-5 times a day, and the total amount per day should be about 400 grams.
You can choose two types of menu for your three-month-old pet.
Eating natural food, including meat, cereals, vegetables, fruits and fish. At the same time, one should not forget: in order to avoid a deficiency of important elements and vitamins, the dog will have to give various necessary supplements, liquid vitamins, calcified curd, calcium as complementary foods. You will also have to make sure that all products are of high quality and fresh. You need to cook separately for each meal, since food cannot be prepared for future use and kept in the refrigerator: this way it loses its valuable properties.
You can feed the puppy with dry food. Many people prefer this method because it is less expensive: both in terms of budget and time.
But nutrition with ready-made dry granules should be prescribed by a veterinary clinic doctor. Sometimes such a measure is necessary if the animal’s stomach is highly sensitive to many natural products, or if the dog has a tendency to display allergies.
Modern industrial food of well-known brands can provide a pet with high-quality, impeccably balanced food, while premium food provides special holistic, anti-allergenic products that are suitable for dogs with individual digestive characteristics.
Some owners choose a mixed type of food for their pet, according to the rules of which the dog receives dry food in the morning and eats natural food in the evening. However, this method of feeding is only suitable for temporary use: it is undesirable a priori to mix homemade products and dry food.
Everything you need to know about a Labrador at 3 months
The Labrador breed is one of the most demanded and loved ones. There is a simple explanation for this. the dog has all the necessary service and wonderful personal qualities, it is friendly, cheerful, agreeable, and amenable to training. This is a cheerful and faithful helper of a person in all matters, but in order to raise and raise a puppy, you will need to learn everything about the characteristics of the animal.
Caring for a young dog has its own characteristics, and you need to know about them, since the health of the pet depends on it.
- Once a week, the puppy needs to clean his ears with a special veterinary lotion, but this should be done with a soft damp cloth.
- Once every 2-3 months, the animal is washed with zoo shampoo, it is not recommended to bathe more often, as this can provoke skin diseases.
- In a puppy at 3 months old, with the growth of a molar tooth, the milk one can still remain in place. In this case, you need to consult a doctor to remove it. For prevention purposes, the dog should be periodically treated with raw potatoes and carrots to prevent the formation of plaque and tartar.
- The puppy‘s claws are cut 2 times a month, later the animal will grind them off during long walks.
If the puppy hasn’t been vaccinated yet, it’s time to do it. And do not forget that you need to walk and play a lot with the dog in the fresh air. So it grows faster, fully develops and builds muscle mass. It’s good if a little Labrador makes friends with other dogs. nothing has such a positive effect on the mental health and socialization of an animal as communicating with others like them. However, other animals can also become friends of the puppy, the main thing is to teach him to treat them not as enemies or prey.
A list of all the necessary things and items that a Labrador needs for a normal life can be found in the video below.
- sausage, sausages;
- smoked meats, fried foods;
- sweet, salty, hot spices;
- pasta and legumes;
- lamb with fat, pork;
- bones. the dog may choke on or swallow a sharp bone, causing the intestine to rupture.
- milk (in adult dogs, it causes diarrhea);
- baked goods (causes bloating).
How and what to feed a Labrador at home?
The type of dog called retrievers combines six breeds. Among them there are very popular breeds. the Golden Retriever and the Labrador.
These animals are born hunters. They have an excellent sense of smell, soft jaw and docile nature. On the hunt, they work in tandem with a cop: while the first one discovers game, the second brings the owner shot prey without biting it.
A feature of the breed is its craving for gluttony. they are ready to eat any amount of food. Also, this breed of dog is prone to obesity. Therefore, Labradors need long walks (in parks, squares, in the forest) and active games.
One of the most important elements of keeping any pet, let alone such a large animal, is nutrition.
When asked what is the best way to feed a Labrador? The answer is unequivocal. meat is the basis of any dog’s nutrition.
How to feed a labrador puppy at 1, 2, 3 months at home?
If a puppy appeared in your house immediately after weaning from its mother, then how to feed the Labrador Retriever? You can choose your own feeding option.
At first, babies are fed with liquid cereals and dry food, which is soaked in kefir or natural yogurt. But try not to keep the baby exclusively on dry food.
The puppy is put food in a bowl and removed after 15 minutes. If he didn’t finish it, then it was an excess of food.
There should be breaks between feedings. the puppy should not constantly run to the bowl in which the food remains.
In addition, puppies are fed the following foods:
- fish (sea fish). boiled and deboned;
- cereals. rice, buckwheat, oatmeal (with the addition of a few drops of vegetable oil);
- carrots, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkin, potatoes (raw, no more than 1 piece per week), turnips, beets (a little). All vegetables are grated.
- dairy products. kefir, natural yogurt, cottage cheese;
- 1 boiled egg per week or raw yolk;
- vitamins prescribed by a veterinarian.
- calcium, which can be given in the form of ready-made additives, or dried the shell in the oven, grind and add the resulting powder to cereals and yogurt (kefir);
- finely chopped fresh herbs (lettuce, dill, parsley). add to cereals;
- water. during the day you need to update the water in the bowl.
What natural food should include
How to feed a natural Labrador if your dog doesn’t like raw meat? In this case, you need to give boiled or steamed meat. It is important and necessary to give sinewy pieces of meat so that the pet chews them.
The offal must be cooked thoroughly and for a long time. The stomach (tripe) is given to the dog raw. it is very healthy and is a delicacy made from offal.
Natural food must be freshly prepared. It can be from the refrigerator (no more than two days) and heated.
How to feed your Labrador at home?
How to feed an adult Labrador, in his diet you need to adhere to the correct ratio of the protein component, fats and carbohydrates: 50% of animal proteins, 30% of complex carbohydrates (porridge) and 20% are fruits and vegetables.
On average, what you can feed a Labrador a day: 400-450 gr. meat, 250-300 gr. porridge and 200 gr. vegetables and fruits. Total about one kilogram of feed per day.
Depending on the weight of the Labrador, the dose is increased or decreased.
Food for a Labrador, essential foods in the diet:
- meat (beef, veal, lamb (remove fat), horse meat, rabbit, turkey);
- liver, kidneys, heart, stomach;
- vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, cauliflower, beets, zucchini, turnips);
- 1 raw potato per week
- fruits. apples, pears, apricots;
- fresh herbs, spinach, lettuce, onions, garlic;
- dairy products (kefir, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt);
- vegetable oil (ordinary, flaxseed or olive);
- fish (seafood, boiled, deboned);
- cereals (buckwheat, rice, oatmeal);
- cartilaginous bones;
- eggs (once a week. in the form of an omelet or boil);
- water (always keep it fresh).
What food to feed the Labrador?
For all breeds of dogs, there are 3 options for feeding schemes:
- Natural food. food is cooked or served raw. It includes different types of meat, fish, cereals, vegetables. It is important to give such food in the right proportions so that there is no deficiency or excess of vitamins. The disadvantage of such food is that you need to cook often. Food should not be kept in the refrigerator for a long time. Do not give stale food.
- Dry food. Provide your dog with the right amount of calories and vitamins. Such food is prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Mixed food option. when the dog is given dry food, but natural food is used as additives and feeding. This type of nutrition is recommended by dog breeders. For example, give dry food in the morning, natural food in the evening.
How to properly feed a Labrador puppy at home from birth to one year?
After birth, the puppy should suckle the mother for up to four weeks, as it is fully supplied with all nutrients.
The puppy is 1-2 months old, how many times a day to feed the Labrador? He is often fed 5-7 times a day. Food volume per day 300. 350 grams.
At 3-4 months, food is reduced to 4-5 meals, the amount should be about 400 grams.
After 5 months, how many times to feed a Labrador puppy? A pet from five months to a year needs to be fed 3 times a day in the amount of 500 grams (remove lunch and afternoon tea, including this food in breakfast and dinner).
After a year. 2 times a day, and by the amount of 1 kg of food.
6 months to a year
From half a year, the diet of a junior approaches that of an adult dog. Labradors grow rapidly during this period and gain muscle mass. Therefore, the basis of their menu is protein food: meat and sour milk.
In addition to red and white meat, offal and fish are introduced.
You can give the first treats: cheese, meat biscuits, dried chicken or beef pieces. Quail or chicken eggs are required.
In the period from 6 months to a year, supplements with calcium and Honda continue to be added to prevent diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
You can already feed the puppies 3 times a day. During the day, training treats are allowed.
- first meal: 0.5 l of kefir;
- second: an egg. boiled or in the form of an omelet, 100 g of cottage cheese;
- third: 250 g of chopped meat, fish or offal, vegetables.
From 4 weeks old puppies need to be fed. This is how kids are introduced to solid food. Top dressing is also needed for harmonious development. during this period, the kittens grow quickly and they do not have enough mother’s milk.
- semi-liquid boiled and grated cereals. oatmeal, buckwheat, rice;
- meat broths;
- boiled cow or goat milk;
- homemade grated cottage cheese;
- boiled and chopped vegetables;
- boiled, scraped meat. chicken fillet, turkey, veal.
The frequency of feeding monthly Labradors is 5-6 times a day. At one time they give up to 50 g of food, per day. no more than 300 g of food.
It is important that the kittens do not go to suck their mother immediately after feeding. You need to wait about an hour for the food to be better absorbed.
An example of a menu for a Labrador kitten 1-1.5 months:
- first feeding: 15 g of ground oatmeal, boiled in milk 1 tsp. butter;
- second: 1 tsp. scraped meat diluted with vegetable broth;
- third: 20 g of grated cottage cheese, diluted with milk;
- fourth: meat broth with minced meat (0.5 tsp);
- fifth: 15 g of milk porridge or calcined cottage cheese.
From 3 months they begin to reduce the volume of milk. Gradually, it is completely removed from the diet, and the little Labrador is transferred to fermented milk products. kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese.
Meat can already be chopped larger, porridge. made thicker, and food slightly add salt. Vegetables still need to be boiled, but they also need to be fed several pieces of raw ones. this is how the baby gets used to solid food and trains the teeth.
Additionally, fruits, greens are introduced into the diet.
It is during the period from 3 to 5 months that Labradors are taught to eat solid foods. Raw and large pieces cannot yet be given, but the food must be cut larger. Boiled vegetables are no longer chopped, but fed chopped.
At this time, Labradors begin to grow rapidly. Therefore, fortified supplements with chondroitin, calcium and glucosamine are recommended. they will help the skeleton to form correctly, prevent rickets and dysplasia.
How many times to feed Labradors during this period depends on the exact age. So, three-month-old puppies can be given food 5 times a day, and five-month-old. 4 times a day. 100 g of food at a time, no more than 0.5-0.6 kg of food daily.
An example of food for a 3-5 month old puppy at home:
- breakfast: 200 ml of kefir;
- lunch: 4-5 st. l. chopped meat;
- dinner: 8 tbsp. l. minced meat with boiled vegetables;
- second dinner: 200 ml of natural yogurt or 50-100 g of cottage cheese.
Dry food: how to choose the right one?
For Labradors, they buy food of the holistic or super-premium class. Products of other categories (premium, economy) will not provide a dog with adequate nutrition: there is little meat, a lot of grain crops, there are allergenic and harmful components (soybeans, chemical additives, etc.).
Labradors need food labeled “for large dogs.” You can also pick up specialized ready-made rations for pregnant women, active or, conversely, sedentary dogs, etc.
When choosing food, take into account the breed’s tendency to allergies, obesity and joint diseases.
- with low fat m;
- free of corn, gluten, soy, wheat, eggs;
- with natural preservatives. tocopherols, etc.;
- with glucosamine, L-carnitine, chondoprotectors;
- medicinal herbs and fruits to normalize metabolism and the digestive tract.
List of the best dry food for adult Labradors:
- Acana Grass-Fed with lamb;
- Advance for Adult Labradors;
- Eukanuba Breed Specific Dry for Labrador Retrievers;
- Grandorf with lamb and rice for large adult dogs;
- Orijen Grain Free for Senior Dogs;
- Applaws for adult large breed dogs with grain free chicken;
- Wolfsblut Green Valley Adult Dog Grain Free.
How to feed a Labrador for months
The diet of Labradors is highly age dependent. Adults are fed according to one scheme, babies. in a different way.
The hardest part is feeding the puppies. Their diet differs from month to month, and the list and volume of food changes weekly.
Diet of grown up and adult Labradors
Labradors from one year and older are fed twice a day. The following calculations are tentatively adhered to:
- an adult dog per day requires a volume of food equal to 4% of the weight of the animal. about 0.7-1.4 kg of food daily;
- the amount of meat. 15 g for each kg of weight;
- the daily rate of carbohydrates is 5 g per kg;
- daily fat requirement. 2 g per kg.
The total amount of food is divided into 2 meals: morning and evening. The second feeding should be more satisfying: meat, vegetables, cereals. The morning menu consists of easily digestible food. cottage cheese, eggs, kefir.
In between the main feedings, you can treat the Labrador with delicacies, fruits, mineral supplements. Their calorie content is included in the daily norm.
- in the morning. cottage cheese or omelet, fresh vegetables;
- in the evening. chopped beef (fish) and offal with cereals, boiled vegetables, herbs.
The calorie content of the diet of an adult Labrador is adjusted individually for each dog.
The amount of servings and snacks depends on the activity of the animal: service or hunting dogs get 15-30% more protein products than pets.
The sex of the animal also matters (males are given 7-15% more food) and the season (in summer, the amount of food is reduced by 15%).
Feeding your Labrador at home. menu for puppies and adult dogs
Labradors are large dogs prone to food allergies, obesity, diseases of the cardiovascular system and musculoskeletal system.
Many health problems can be avoided by feeding your Labrador correctly. In the article, we will consider the diet of Labradors of different ages by months from the first days of a puppy’s life.
What dry food to give puppies?
Dry food is introduced into the diet of Labrador puppies from 3 months. Before that, you can give ready-made dog food. At first, “crackers” are soaked in water. this is how kutyats are more accustomed to eating.
- Orijen for large breed puppies, grain free;
- Applaws for large puppies, grain free with chicken;
- Acana Heritage Grain Free for Large Breed Puppies;
- Grandorf for puppies of all breeds with lamb and rice hypoallergenic.
If you want to diversify your pet’s menu, take the following canned food:
- Landor for puppies with turkey and veal;
- Grandorf “Chicken with rice in aromatic jelly”;
- Trainer Natural for puppies and juniors;
- Solid Natura Premium;
- Eukanuba for puppies;
- Four-legged gourmet;
- Berkley for adult dogs with lamb and rice;
- Schesir Dog Chicken with Beef.
Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult
Benefits: Developed for Labradors with animal ingredients in the first place. Beet pulp was included in the feed mixture. Psyllium seed shells, fructo-oligosaccharides that prevent digestive disorders. Natural Sources of Glucosamine and Honda Strengthen Joint Joints.
Disadvantages: Dehydrated animal proteins are more likely to be meat and bone meal. The feed mixture contains 3 types of cereals, thanks to which it was possible to promote animal feed to the first place. A high level of protein. 30%, indicates its low quality, because the need for amino acids was provided at the expense of plant sources. Packing cost 3; 12 kg. 1407; 4440 RUR.
The first places are occupied by hypoallergenic meat products. The manufacturer does not use chicken and other ingredients to which allergies can develop. The only cereal ingredient. brown rice is classified as a dietary human food. All biologically active substances: vitamins, prebiotics, chondroprotectors, antioxidants come from natural ingredients. Yucca Shidigera deodorizes the smell of feces. Packing cost 3; 12 kg. 1941; 6039 RUR.
Ownat GRAIN FREE JUST
The feed does not contain grain components: 68% of the mass of the feed mixture is young mutton, 32% is vegetable products. Natural ingredients contain chondroprotectors, pacemakers, pectins, fat burners, urinary tract sanitizers, preventing the formation of urinary stones.
Super premium food
Owners find the following super premium foods to be the best food for the Labrador:
Eukanuba Breed specify Labrador Retrieve
Advantages: the first place is occupied by poultry proteins. Hydrolyzed animal proteins were used as a flavoring additive. Fructo-oligosaccharides prevent digestive disorders, Honda supports joint health. Essential amino acids and vitamins of group B enter the diet due to the components of the feed mixture. The cost of feed. 3807 rubles / 10 kg is lower than that of premium products.
Advance Labrador Retriever
Advantages: the food is specially designed for Labradors, the first and second places are taken by products of animal origin. Fats are stabilized with natural tocopherols. The feed contains chondroprotectors, taurine pacemaker, natural antioxidants, fat burner L-carnitine. Feed cost. 4361 rubles / 12 kg.
Disadvantages: the presence of a chemical stabilizer. sodium pyrophosphate. Behind the maize protein is corn gluten. The manufacturer uses advertising gimmicks aimed at the uninformed consumer. Plasma protein is a valuable byproduct of blood processing, but immunoglobulins are broken down in the intestine into amino acids like other proteins.
Dog owners are most likely to buy the following brands of premium food for Labradors:
- Royal canine;
Height and weight of the Labrador retriever. development table by month
Now your cuddly puppy looks very cute and attractive, and weighs little enough to carry it in your arms. And after a year, he will still be a cute growing pet, but if he gains weight properly, then your back is unlikely to allow you to lift him.
From birth until 2 weeks of age, your puppy will be blind, deaf and completely dependent on his mother. At the age of 2 to 4 weeks, he will see and hear the world around him for the first time. Together with his growing cousins, he will become very mobile to explore new places, sounds and smells. The milk teeth of a Labrador Retriever puppy will begin to cut at the 4th week. And by week 8, your puppy will be able to leave his mother, brothers and sisters and go to you as a full-fledged companion.
Table of average height and weight for males and females labrador:
|Age, months.||Weight, kg||Height at withers, cm||Chest girth, cm||Head circumference, cm||Face girth, cm||Muzzle length, cm||Pastern girth, cm|
Despite the fact that a lot of development depends on the individual characteristics of the dog, Labrador Retrievers, as a rule, reach their full size by the age of 18 months. By this time, he will gain weight, but he should not have fat. Regular exercise will help him develop bones and muscles, develop a decent constitution in the later stages of development.
The height and weight of a Labrador retriever depends on many factors. The size of the dog can also be estimated if you have seen his mother and father. According to the American Kennel Club standard, the height of a male Labrador at the withers is 57–62 cm, of a female. 55-60 cm. The approximate weight of the male is in the range of 29-36 kg, of the female. 25-32 kg.
Regular check-ups with a veterinarian
During the first year, you should regularly show your puppy to the veterinarian for vaccinations and preventive examinations. Your veterinarian should weigh it every time to make sure it is at the correct weight for its developmental stage. If he is underweight, the veterinarian will advise you on this, as well as in the case of overweight. In the latter case, you may need to lower your portions a bit and lengthen your workouts. Growing puppies need good nutrition, so you should also check with your veterinarian.
Development from 3 months to a year
At 3 months old, your active puppy will be ready for home schooling and training. During this time, he will still grow at an accelerated rate, becoming stronger every day. He will start to cut his permanent teeth, so provide him with enough chewy toys to help relieve his toothaches. By 7 months, the Labrador Retriever will become a full-fledged adolescent who has reached puberty. If you are going to neuter or neuter your dog before 1 year old, then your lab will get quite a lot of benefits from this.
By this time, after puberty, your puppy will already have a full set of permanent teeth. This is the right time to start teaching the basic course of obedience. Labs are smart and easily trained, which is why they are so often chosen to serve the blind and disabled. Point your buddy in the right direction so that you have a happy future together.
In many ways, puppies. this is what they eat, so feeding your lab with high quality food will not only ensure good health, but also affect its adult size. Ask your veterinarian for advice on good puppy food and how much to feed you need and enough. Malnourished Labradors can grow more slowly than those who receive quality nutrition. In addition, if your puppy is suffering from a serious illness or disorder, it can also slow down his development and growth.
Foods allowed for a Labrador
Acceptable products include the following:
Fish. Being a wholesome food containing a large amount of animal protein, phosphorus and iodine, fish must be present in the diet of a Labrador retriever. Because of the bony nature, it is worth abandoning river fish in favor of lean sea fish. Pollock, hake, cod and others are perfect. The dog can only be offered the product after heat treatment and without bones.
Groats. The carbohydrates included in cereals will give meat products more nutritional value. Dogs are advised to give buckwheat, rice, oatmeal. But barley, semolina and millet are best excluded from the animal’s menu. You can add rusks from gray and rye flour to the porridge, as well as vegetable oil. sunflower, olive, linseed.
Dairy products. You can feed your Labrador puppy homemade calcined cottage cheese by adding calcium chloride to boiling milk. Milk is good for puppies, but it can weaken adult pets. Fermented milk products are good at any age of the Labrador. kefir, bifivit, yogurt, yogurt. they have a positive effect on the activity of the digestive tract. It is also recommended to give cheese to the pet, it can be rubbed into already prepared dishes.
Eggs. They will not be superfluous in the dog’s diet. Raw yolks can be added to dairy foods and cereals. From crude protein, there will be no use, since the animal’s body does not assimilate it. It is better to finely chop hard-boiled eggs, and use raw eggs for an omelet. If enough meat is allocated for the dog, then two eggs in seven days will be enough for her.
What you need to exclude from the diet of a Labrador retriever
To keep your pet healthy and cheerful, the following should be avoided when feeding:
- hot food as well as cold;
- the dog’s menu should not contain smoked meats, spicy, fatty, sweet and salty foods;
- it is not worth replacing food with bones, since they have low digestibility, in addition, they can provoke constipation, perforation (through damage) of the intestinal walls, volvulus; long bones are the most dangerous;
- the following products are also banned. pasta, legumes, potatoes, wheat flour baked goods;
- Labradors, as in principle, and other breeds of dogs, do not need to know what sausages are. sausages and sausages adversely affect the state of the dog’s liver, which can lead to the death of the animal;
- no need to treat the puppy with sweets, as sweets disrupt digestion processes, destroy tooth enamel, disrupt the function of the lacrimal glands;
- negatively on the condition of the stomach and pancreas is affected by the use of fatty meats. pork and lamb;
- Labrador food should not be spicy, nor should you add sauces to it.
Owners should take care to keep their dog’s food fresh at all times. Food leftovers should not be in the bowl for a long time, they must be put in the refrigerator or thrown away.
It is worth giving preference to such methods of cooking products, during which the maximum of useful substances is preserved.
Meat in the Labrador’s diet
A dog is by nature a predatory animal, and a Labrador is also of decent size, requiring a large amount of food for energy. Therefore, meat in the diet of representatives of this breed should be in the first place.
The Labrador pet’s menu can include beef, horse meat, chicken, turkey, rabbit, and various offal. If we talk about raw meat, then the safest is horse meat, since it is very rarely affected by brucellosis.
Feeding a dog does not require the most expensive meat, sinewy pieces. brisket, flank and more are much more useful for the animal.
If the pet prefers raw meat, then you can satisfy its taste, but first you need to keep it in the freezer for several days, before serving it you can pour boiling water over it. The main thing is that the meat is fat-free. You can alternate, give the meat raw for a couple of days, and boiled for two or three days. Give your dog food cut into pieces.
As for the by-products, it is recommended that they be cooked for a long time.
Separately, it must be said about the rumen (stomach), which contains large quantities of digestible protein, which is useful for the dog’s digestive system. It is recommended to give it to your pet raw and without preliminary purification.
Most experts do not advise including bones in the diet of Labradors; you can supplement the dog’s menu with soft cartilage, but only as an additional treat.
Features of feeding Labradors by age
If the acquired puppy is accustomed to dry food, and the owners do not want to change anything, then the task is greatly simplified. There are certain brands of food, it remains only to find out the brand familiar to the puppy and get the necessary recommendations.
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Before compiling a diet, you need to understand how many times a day to feed a Labrador. Recommendations speak of two meals a day. If the owner prefers feeding the Labrador with natural products, then you should heed the advice of knowledgeable and experienced people. And in this case, the breeder will help out, who will provide detailed information about the features of feeding the puppies of this breed. Puppies get stress from separation from relatives, as well as from a change of environment, do not aggravate the situation with an upset stomach.
For normal health maintenance, the dog needs a metered amount of protein, lipid and carbohydrate substances, mineral components, and water. The need for animals is different, it varies depending on age, its physiological characteristics, season, climate.
Puppies and dogs carrying offspring need more food, the main component of which should be the building material. protein.
In addition, an excess of nutrients should not be allowed, since the surplus does not always leave the body, being deposited in the organs and subcutaneous layers.
Which food is better, raw or cooked
The question of whether to feed a Labrador, raw or cooked, is very controversial. On the one hand, raw food contains a greater amount of useful elements, but still more preference is given to boiled food.
Proper heat treatment allows you to destroy pathogens that are often found in foods, as well as worm eggs. Vegetable fiber becomes softer during cooking and is better absorbed by the digestive system of the animal. If you use gentle methods, such as steaming, you can preserve vitamins as much as possible.
Meat can be given raw, but first freeze it.
In some cases, veterinarians recommend the use of raw foods, but this is only under certain circumstances and following the advice of specialists.
How to feed a Labrador
Representatives of the Labrador breed are excellent companionable dogs that can accompany owners everywhere, babysit children, eat from the same table. They are not picky about food and can consume the same as the owners. But is it so good for the pets themselves? An animal of this size and exterior needs proper nutrition, saturated with important elements. vitamins, minerals, and the balance of all components must also be respected. The question remains open: “How to feed the Labrador?”
Vegetables and fruits in the Labrador’s diet
Among vegetables and fruits, raw dog is recommended to give carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, beets. It is most convenient to finely chop or grate before serving, you can season with vegetable oil or sour cream.
Main dishes can be enriched with finely chopped fresh herbs. dill, celery, parsley, lettuce, onions and garlic.
Porridge with pumpkin is an excellent dish for a pet, in addition, pumpkin has a prophylactic agent against helminths.
If the dog loves fruit, this is great, they can be given in small quantities in any form. The only exception is grapes, it is forbidden to give it to dogs, as it can cause fermentation in the intestines.
The dog needs salt in very small quantities, so the food can be not salted at all, or you can add it just a little.
As for drinking, the animal needs a lot, especially if the dog’s food consists of dry types of food. It is necessary to provide the pet with constant fresh drinking water. If it meets sanitary standards, then you can give it raw.
Labrador is a sleek dog with rounded sides and this is not an indicator of fatness. The pet must be active and eat well.
Feeding an adult labrador
The Labrador needs to provide meat per day (15 grams per 1 kg of dog’s weight), carbohydrates (5 grams per 1 kg of weight), fats (2 grams per 2 kg of weight).
If you observe the given ratio in the diet, then it is quite easy to draw up an appropriate diet, and then constantly adhere to it. Many veterinarians advise adding special additives to food of natural origin that help to fill the dog’s nutrition with vitamins and minerals necessary for full development and life.
What can you feed a Labrador with and you can’t give it
With age, the dog changes its needs for certain nutritional components due to the conditions in which the dog is, the degree of its physical activity, and its age. If you adhere to the established recommendations of the breeders regarding the correct feeding of the Labrador, it will not be difficult to draw up the most optimal food scheme for him.
Before compiling a dog’s diet, it is necessary to determine the number of meals per day (usually two meals are set for the dog). It is important that the daily diet of the dog includes the required amount of BJU, minerals, vitamins without fail.
So, the following should be present in feeding a Labrador:
- Beef as the healthiest product. Why? It is rich in protein in the required amount, iron, and other vital minerals. However, if you touch on the topic of feeding Labrador puppies in relation to beef per day, then the number of feedings can increase up to six times, but the portions become smaller.
- Stomachs, as they are rich in amino acids and other nutrients.
- Fish, which is known for its usefulness, large amounts of iodine, phosphorus, protein. It will help diversify your dog’s diet. However, only certain types of fish are allowed, namely marine low-fat.
- Porridges are important in a dog’s nutrition, but there shouldn’t be a lot of them. They can be served as an addition to meat, fish. They cannot serve as a main course. Veterinarians forbid giving oatmeal and barley to dogs due to the possible occurrence of allergies and their difficult absorption by the body.
- Dairy products (cottage cheese, eggs, yogurt, kefir). Thanks to them, digestion is improved.
- Vegetables, fruits (pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, cabbage) in chopped form, fresh herbs (dill, parsley).
- Salt needs to be added to cooked food very little.
- Water is constantly in the reach of the dog. Its amount does not depend at all on what kind of food the dog eats. it should always be. Which one? Water should be given cool and clean.
Foods to avoid in the diet of a Labrador retriever:
- Pork, due to its fat content, negatively affects the functioning of the liver.
- Spicy, peppery, salty, spicy food.
- Bones. because of them, the dog suffers from constipation, falls into the zone of risk of harm to the esophagus.
- Products made from wheat flour.
- All types of sweets. they disrupt the digestion process and cause an allergic reaction.
- Food products beyond the expiration date.
If you exclude in advance those foods that definitely cannot be consumed by the dog, then, based on the remaining options, you can choose the most optimal diet for it, containing all the necessary nutrients. Recall that food for a dog must be filled with vitamins and at the same time be easily absorbed by the body.
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When a person starts a dog, he must understand that this is a rather responsible step. You should definitely take care of the dog, and not let everything go by itself: provide it with proper nutrition, daily routine, educate it, walk it, become a friend to it, especially if the dog is purebred. This article will focus on a Labrador dog, namely its diet with all the nuances and details.
How and what to properly feed a Labrador so that he is a healthy, handsome dog with a mood for friendly relations? Of course, nutrition is a key factor reflecting the health of a pet, so it requires special attention.
Labradors are distinguished by their omnivorous nature among other breeds of dogs, but this does not at all untie the hands of their owners, since experts strongly do not recommend feeding “from the table”. This can cause significant damage to their health and, accordingly, life expectancy.
The nutrition of adult dogs and puppies of this breed should be thought out in advance, taking into account the proper amount of vitamins and other microelements in their diet. It is important to understand that an adult and a puppy need different diets, since an organism that is growing requires exclusive feeding with a special composition of fats, proteins, carbohydrates.
First of all, the owner must decide what type of food will be chosen for his pet:
- dry food with a balanced complete composition;
- organic products.
Experts draw the readers’ attention to the fact that it is impossible to feed two types of food at the same time. you only need to choose one.
Otherwise, you can thoroughly harm the digestive tract of the animal.
Feeding your labrador puppy
It is not easy on your own, without the help of specialists, to draw up an accurate feeding schedule and decide on a list of permitted foods for feeding a small Labrador puppy. The basic dietary patterns that are developed for each dog breed can help here. They are susceptible to small changes, depending on the behavior of the young dog.
A person who has a young Labrador puppy should not remember that for the first two months he should be fed as the breeder did. After some time, the dog can be gradually rebuilt to your menu, selected taking into account all the features (conditions of keeping the dog, weight, age, degree of physical activity).
If you choose the right food, based on the age of the pet, its living conditions, the degree of physical activity, then you can definitely provide it with balanced feeding.