Best Food for Lab Puppies
Puppies are adorable, irrespective of the canine breed. But while most of you are happy fondly gazing at them, only a few realize how challenging raising a puppy, especially Labrador puppies can be. In this discussion, we are going to highlight the nutritional requirements of lab puppies. Not only that, but we are also going to talk about some of the best commercially available dog foods that you can feed a lab puppy if you have one! If you are a proud mommy or daddy of a cute little lab puppy, you will know that lab puppies grow at an exponential rate. However, their growth can become all stunted if lab puppies are not getting their required nutrients, macromolecules that matter the most for them. A solid reason for you to read this discussion till the very end since we are going to share with you, all that you need to know while choosing dog food for your Lab pup. All we ask in return is your undivided attention, you can listen to that podcast some other time!
The buyer guide
Before we talk about the best dog foods available in the market that offer all the nutrients which your lab puppy needs for growing up quickly, we think it is better to talk about the factors that you should keep in mind while shopping for such a product. To make life easier for you, we have talked about these factors under separate headings in the following lines.
The most important macromolecule!
Carbohydrates and fats are important for your lab pup as well, but it is the protein that has the highest value attached to it, in terms of nutritional requirements for your puppy. Well, we are sure that most of you know why proteins are so important for your lab puppy. It is no secret that it is the protein breakdown that furnishes essential amino acids that your canine friend needs badly for the development of proper lean muscles. This, mind you, is an oversimplification of things. The importance of protein for your canine friend is a topic that needs a separate discussion of its own! Anyhow, we hope that you are going to choose only those dog foods for your lab puppy, which list protein sources as the primary ingredient only.
When we talk about fortification, we refer to the additional benefits that your lab puppy might get from dog food. Vitamins for one, are a crucial requirement for every lab puppy. The most important vitamins include vitamins B12, B3, C, and D. But the story of fortification doesn’t end with vitamins though. Antioxidants are equally important, as are dietary supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin. These are a must if you want your lab puppy to grow into an agile and active Labrador. The most common problem that Labradors experience with regards to their mobility is joint pain. So, if you make the right call in terms of their diet at such a young stage, these problems can be prevented and thwarted.
Read the label
We know the element of surprise ingredients is too tempting an idea to be ignored like that! But mate, you are just flirting with your puppy’s health, if you are going for dubious dog food formulas. Now, it is ok to go for rare sources like venison meat. But what we are talking about is that product on the last shelf at the departmental which no one else is willing to buy. Don’t fall for products that come with obscure promises! Plus, it is always good to read the label, so that you exactly know what your lab puppy is eating. The more you know, the better!
We know nothing matters more than your lab puppy’s health to you. But don’t let that mad love make you hasty decisions. Is the dog food you are buying rightly priced? Are there any other similar products with the same set of benefits that are available a little cheaply? Should you trust the online vendors or stroll down the departmental by yourself? These and many other questions are what you need to answer before you scratch your credit card for a commercial dog food that you think is suitable for your lab puppy.
Top five dog foods for lab puppies
Let us start with a popular choice, eh? The dog food under discussion is a great choice for puppies, labs, or no labs. What exactly makes it a great choice? To get an answer to that question, all we have to do is check out the ingredient list of this product. The primary meal or the ingredient source is chicken meal, which is supplemented by several other protein sources. But that is not all though. Whole grain wheat and corn provide an optimal level of carbs that is essential for your puppy’s health while fish oil and flaxseed provide the much-needed fat percentage. We have talked about the importance of fortification already in this discussion, we are happy to report that this dog food contains vitamins like vitamin E & C that are so important for your dog’s health.
But we see you are looking for something more to satisfy you entirely. Well, why don’t you check out the pros of Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Food that we have talked about in the next section?
This is a list of the best products only, so you will find the standard of quality consistent in all of the dog foods that we will talk about in the lines to come. We don’t believe in rankings! Anyhow, coming towards the main features of the dog food under discussion, the first ingredient in this dog food is chicken, which puppies love to gobble down. However, that is not what makes the product stand out at a departmental among the other competitors. No, what we loved the most was the certainty that came with this dog food, the vet recommended. Always a big relief when top-quality dog foods mention that on their label. Other than that, it features an optimal nutritional balance, something that your lab puppy needs when growing up. For features that will make you fall in love with this dog food, you will have to jump to the pros and cons section!
Our list is just getting yummier for your lab pup’s liking! Just not in terms of taste, but quality as well. What did we love the most about this lab puppy food? Hmm. We guess the fact that it features no GMO ingredients was something that we liked the most. Love to keep things as natural as possible! The primary ingredient is chicken, which is the main source of proteins as well. It is well supplemented by chicken meal, which by the way, is a rich source of glucosamine. Other than that, the vitamins and minerals are in the optimum quantity as well.
So much to love about the number four in our list of best dog foods for puppies, so little time and space we are left with. Anyhow, let us try to recap the best features of this dog food! Let us start with the protein content, shall we? More than one protein source, mind you! Apart from chicken, there is fish as well as turkey. So your puppy is well covered on the protein front. We could have crunched numbers and said something vague like 85% animal protein! But that wouldn’t have much sense, would it have? We also love how manufacturers have focused on just, not the muscle flesh, but meat from organs and cartilage as well. Another thing that we like about this dog food from ORIJEN is the freshness and one hundred percent natural nature of the ingredients used in this formula. Enough reasons for us to fall for this product, but if you are looking for some more reasons, you can jump to the pros section now!
Royal Canin doesn’t need a big intro in the world of canine food. It is one of the most trusted brands and you will understand the reasons for that trust once we start talking about the ingredients of this fine product. The product under discussion contains a decent blend of chicken meal, brown rice, and chicken fat. The chicken flavor added separately makes the meal more palatable for your puppy. But it is the immune-boosting capacity of this product that makes it a standout choice. The presence of riboflavin and choline seals the deal for us.
We know you have got questions, and we have the answers you need! But we are also cognizant of the sad reality that we cannot answer all of your questions in such a short space. So we have handpicked a few most frequently asked questions about lab puppies. Scroll down below to find out if you got lucky!
1- Will buying lab puppy food cost me too much?
We knew this one was coming. Yes, branded dog foods and formulas are indeed too expensive in some cases. However, you can save yourselves a considerable amount of money, if you do your research and play your cards smartly.
2- What do lab puppies prefer to eat?
More often than not, it is the protein that tempts the lab puppies the most. However, they will love it if you can add a fruit or a vegetable as a treat into their nutritional schedule.
3- What should I not feed my lab puppy?
The popular answer to this question would be chocolate. But there are a few other items as well that you cannot feed your lab puppy. These include gluten, corn syrup, and too much stuff like MSG.
4- How much should I feed my lab puppy?
The dietary requirements for Labradors vary from one age group to another. For your puppy, you need to dish out half a bowl of dog food at least three times every day. But the number can vary depending on your lab pup’s specific needs.
5- How much fat is ok for my lab puppy?
Some are ok, too much fat can expose your lab puppy to the risk of obesity.
Well, folks, that would be all for now. We hope that this article provided you with a chance to learn some new things about Labrador puppies and their diet. More often than not, it is just the senior boys that get talked and discussed in detail. But if you are doing things right from a very young age, you will be spared a lot of time later when your lab is all grown up!