Are you looking for the best dog food for a Labrador? You’re far from alone. The Labrador Retriever is by some margin the UKs most popular dog breed. Year on year, somewhere in the region of 40,000 new pups are registered with The Kennel Club. And one of the keys to successfully raising a new pup is the correct diet.
About the labrador retriever
Good natured, intelligent, eminently trainable and keen to please, it’s easy to see why the Labrador is such a popular breed the world over. Originally bred as a hunting dog and later as a retriever, few dog breeds make better companion dogs that the affable Lab. But then you don’t really need me to tell you that. Its many excellent character traits almost certainly explain why you chose one as your constant canine companion!
But what about keeping it healthy? What’s the best dog food for a Labrador? How do you minimise those seemingly habitual visits to the vet and keep your new best friend by your side for as long as humanly possible?
Labrador health conditions
Sadly, Labrador Retrievers do seem to come with a number of breed-specific health conditions as standard. The most lengendary of these is their propensity to over eat and gain weight.
As a canine nutritionist, I can’t stress enough how important it is to control your Lab’s weight. Being overweight almost guarantees that your dog will live a shorter life than a Labrador Retriever of a healthy weight. It also virtually guarantees your dog will suffer from other health issues such as arthritis as he or she enters old age.
Other health conditions increasingly suffered by overweight dogs include heart disease, hypertension and heart disease. For those reasons, it’s absolutely imperative you control your pup’s weight. And it’s much, much easier to control your dog’s weight with homemade dog food.
Commercial dog food is heavily reliant on cheap carbs. They bulk up your dog’s food at a minimum of expense to the manufacturer. But carbs contribute to canine obesity, just as they contribute to excess weight gain in human beings.
Your Labrador Retriever needs a high-protein, relatively low-carb diet if you want he or she to maintain a healthy weight. So please think carefully before you feed your Lab commercial dog food. You’ve invested heavily in your pup, both in terms of financial and emotional investment. Invest wisely. Choose the best dog food for a Labrador. Choose fresh, homemade dog food. Food that you can trust because you’ve made it.
Homemade dog food
Why is homemade dog food the best dog food for a Labrador? Because it’s been scientifically proven that dogs fed fresh food live longer lives. Not only do they live longer lives, they live healthier lives.
Please, please don’t believe the fabrications on commercial pet food packets. Feeding your Labrador commercial dog food is the equivalent of feeding it junk food. Your dog, your new pup, was not designed to existing on just one food for the entirety of its life.
It has a digestive system not so dissimilar to yours and mine. It was designed to enjoy and benefit from variety. Just as a fresh food diet is the healthiest diet for a human being, it’s also the healthiest diet for your Labrador Retriever!
My Homemade Dog Food Made Easy will tell you everything you need to know about feeding your precious Lab. What to feed and what not to feed. It also includes a number of recipes to get you started home cooking for your best friend.
And if you need a special diet for your dog, you can always book a customised diet created just for your pup.