What to feed the dog?
Proper nutrition is based on the following principles:
adherence to feeding;
Food volumes must be appropriate for the health of the dog, its age and stress.
For each age there is its own mode of eating:
up to 3 months they feed 6 times a day;
from 3 to 5 months – 5 times;
from 5 to 7 months – 4 times;
in 9-10 months translate into three meals;
after a year – twice a day.
The number of feedings usually increases for pregnant bitches. For older pets, the daily rate of food is divided into equal portions, fed three times a day. The feeding schedule is made independently, food is given at the same hours.
When feeding it is recommended to follow the following rules:
A dog is not forced to eat if it is not hungry. To determine the required amount of food for a pet watch 2-3 days. With a lack of food, the dog eats greedily, long licks an empty bowl. If she eats slowly and has a swollen belly, this is a sign of overeating. In winter, the dog requires much more feed than in summer.
Labrador can not eat carefully enough. To prevent food from smearing the floor, lay the paper or fix the bowl in plywood with a hole.
In older dogs, metabolism becomes less rapid. For better digestion of food, it is recommended to give them food after walks or physical exertion.
Food should be given warm, preferably at room temperature (18-20 ° C). Hot or frozen food is not allowed.
Dogs are not distracted while eating. You should not call her, iron, clean.
If the dog stops eating – this may be a sign of the disease, you should consult with a veterinarian.
Labrador Retriever is recommended to feed the following products:
fish (cod, catfish);
vegetables (cabbage, turnip, onions, pumpkin, carrots);
porridges (semolina, rice, millet, oats, rye, buckwheat);
You can use ready-made dry food, but it is better to alternate them with natural types of food.
Recommendations for compiling a Labrador diet:
The dog is fed only fresh food. Overdue and spoiled food is unacceptable.
The preferred diet for dogs – natural foods with a predominance of meat. When using ready-made feeds make sure that the Labrador does not have an allergy.
Up to 3 months of age, not dry mixes, but meat, dairy products, and cereals are used to feed pets. Give special canned food intended for puppies.
It is better to give dairy and vegetable products to the dog in the morning, meat – in the evening.
Dogs eat fruit puree well. You can cook it from pureed apples and berries, after removing seeds and seeds.
It is recommended to add greens to food every day. It is useful to chop and mix a garlic clove with food – this is an effective prevention of worms.
Potatoes are preferably given raw. The remaining vegetables are usually stewed or boiled, they can be added to cereals. Stew vegetables in water or weak meat broth.
The dog is occasionally given raw cartilage bones. This helps to get rid of tartar, which can be formed when feeding dry mixes.
When a dog has symptoms of protein poisoning (baldness, itching, peeling of the skin, dull hair), the animal is transferred to feeding for vegetables for 2-3 weeks.
You should not give your dog food with a high content of preservatives. Also harmful foods with flavors and dyes.
It is undesirable to feed the dog:
sausage and sausages;
smoked, salted and pickled foods;