Health and Nutrition
We give our labs a daily supplement of NuVet wafers. Order at http://www.nuvet.com/64986.
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We highly recommend this product, and we strongly feel that our Labs are in optimal health and coat, which shows in the show ring, and it helps to sustain their energy in all weather conditions when out in the field.
Because we believe in this supplement... we provide our new owners with a sample packet and brochure (to answer any questions you may have) to promote our next generations to optimal health and coats also.
A dog's diet is dependent on many factors that you should take into careful consideration when deciding what to feed your Labrador Retrievers. Although there are already commercially prepared dog food suited for different ages and stages, it still important that a dog owner should have basic knowledge on their daily nutritional requirements. This knowledge is is also a useful tool in assessing whether or not dog food should be bought off the shelves is able to supply the nutrients needed by your dog.
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Your dog's breed, age, size and environment will often determine their nutritional needs. Labrador Retrievers, like all other dogs, also have certain food preferences as well as foods to avoid. Protein is one of the essential feed nutrients in a dog's diet. Nutritionists recommend that protein should comprise about a quarter of your dog's daily diet. Rich protein sources include meat, fish, and milk. If possible, remove small bones from from meat and fish as this can choke your dog or get stuck in their throat, needing a trip to the Veterinarian. Dog owners often can't resist giving their dog table scraps and bones especially when their Lab keeps nudging them during dinner time. Bones can also lead to constipation.
Almost half of your dog's daily food ration should consist of carbohydrates. This food group provides the main source of energy for your Lab. Good sources of carbohydrates include potatoes, rice, or corn.
Although dogs by nature are carnivorous, adding vegetables, fruits, and cereals to your Lab's diet can help improve the process of digestion because of the fiber that these sources provide. However, never allow your dog to have access to walnuts, chocolates, raisins, and Macadamia nuts, as they contain a substance that the dog cannot metabolize. These foods can be highly toxic for your Lab and have been know to cause death in serious cases.
About 5% of your dog's diet should come from fats. Aside from an alternate source of energy, fats are important in the adsorbtion and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Wheat germ oil is a a rich source of fats for your Lab.
Whether you purchase prepackaged foods or prepare foods from your kitchen, keep in mind that the above nutritional requirements can change according to the Surds. We provide this information as educational material. If your Lab has a medical condition, always consult with your Veterinarian before changing his or her diet