What do labradors eat?
The dog lives with a person for so long that it has completely adapted to all his habits – good and bad. Labrador can be called an omnivorous animal and, in principle, it can eat everything that its owners eat, but is it good? If you want your Labrador to really shine with health – be prudent!
A Labrador needs regular and nutritious nutrition. The daily diet should include proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and in the right ratio.
The dry food assortment is presented by the companies: PRO PLAN, ROYAL CANIN, HILL’S, ACANA.
We recommend using PRO PLAN (Nestle Purina PetCare) PRO PLAN Puppy Sensitive puppy food with sensitive digestion salmon with rice and Pro Plan Adult Sensitive for adults.
If you prefer to feed the Labrador with natural products – we advise you to follow our recommendations.
The puppy of the Labrador you purchased must be fed according to the instructions given by the breeder, right down to the composition of the milk, if necessary. Separation from littermates and a change of scenery are circumstances that are traumatic enough for the puppy to aggravate by upset stomach from unusual food.
Complicated chemical and biological processes constantly occur in the dog’s body, during which part of the substances obtained with the feed are spent on maintaining normal physiological functions. In this regard, vital substances such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, as well as minerals and water must be supplied to the body with food in sufficient quantities and in the right ratio.
The need for dogs for certain nutrients is different. This is due to various factors: the age of the animal, its physiological state, season, place of residence.
Puppies, as well as pregnant and lactating dogs, need much more protein. This is explained by the fact that a growing organism requires a lot of “building material”, and a bitch, feeding puppies, must provide her offspring not only with antibodies, vitamins, hormones, but also with mineral salts, including minerals that are most valuable to the body, through milk.
All the nutrients included in the dog’s diet go to cover energy costs, so the saturation of the dog, or its appetite, also depends on the nutritional value of the food we prepared. And if the necessary minimum saturation of the dog is reached, then excess nutrients are excreted in the feces and urine or deposited in the liver, other organs and the subcutaneous fat layer. But in the dog’s body there is a certain limit beyond which some nutrients become harmful and lead the animal to various painful conditions.
When feeding a dog, one should remember that in the body all the nutrients interact with each other.
What can not be fed
– hot (straight from the stove), cold, spicy, salty, fatty, sweet, smoked food;
– You can’t give bones instead of food, they are not absorbed, they can cause constipation, perforation of the intestine, and intestinal inversion. Especially dangerous are tubular bones, which tend to split into sharp parts. Bones also contribute to grinding your teeth;
– you can not feed pasta, legumes, white bread, potatoes, peas, wheat flour products;
– the dog should not know what sausages, sausage, ham. Dog sausages – poison. They spoil the liver, and the dog runs the risk of dying at a young age.
– The puppy should not know the taste of sugar and sweets. Sweets disrupt digestion. In addition, they destroy teeth and adversely affect the eyes, which begin to watery;
– Do not feed pork and fatty mutton;
– spices cannot be added to a dog’s food: pepper, bay leaf, hot tomato sauce;
– feed rotten and sour foods.
When preparing dog food, you should strive to ensure that the loss of vitamins and other nutrients in food is minimal and the food itself is appetizing and digestible.
The question: what kind of food to feed dogs, boiled or raw, is very difficult, and it is impossible to answer unequivocally. It depends on a number of factors and is usually decided by the veterinarian depending on the specific case and the individual characteristics of the dog.
Of course, many raw foods are much richer in vitamins than boiled foods. Nevertheless, in the proposed diet for feeding the dog provides for cooking.
Cooking products involves their heat treatment, in which pathogenic bacteria and viruses, as well as helminth eggs (worms) are destroyed. Fiber of vegetable feed softens during cooking, which contributes to its easier processing by the digestive system of the dog. At the same time, vitamins can be saved using the methods generally accepted in cooking.
The dishes the dog eats from must be unbreakable. For this, aluminum or enameled bowls are suitable.