Lab Food and Health
The food every dog eats plays a major role in both their internal health, as well as the density, coloring, and overall health of their coats or fur as well. The Labrador Retriever is adaptable enough to eat almost any type of dog food. However, depending on the age, the geography, and the daily regimen, we recommend the owners consider different types of food.
For the Labrador Retriever puppy, our research and analysis leads us to recommend a few different types of food. The Royal Canin brand has a specialized nutrition blend, Eukanuba has natural dry dog food, and of course, Blue Buffalo offers puppy food as well. As your Labrador Retriever puppy transitions into his teenage and adult years, we advise that you make adjustments to the food and look at types such as Blue Buffalo dry dog food, Diamond Naturals dry dog food, and Taste of the Wild premium dry dog food.
Another key factor to consider is what sort of bowl does your Labrador Retriever eat this food from and drink water from? As puppy owners, we have seen our share of bowls that become toys, bowls that are flipped over, and other events that most owners want to avoid. We recommend non-flip bows such as this Loving Pets Bella bowl which includes anti-skid features, or these two stainless steel bowls, which also solves the water bowl need.
Once your Labrador Retriever is no longer a puppy, the feeding situation may change. We have seen many instances where the Labrador Retriever is a very food-motivated dog, and many owners have challenges with ensuring slow eating habits and see instances of gluttony. The best set of dog bowl solutions to this problem are “puzzle bowls” and we recommend the Outward Hound dog bowl. For dog treats, consider this pet bone toy puzzle as well.
In warmer climates like the southern part of the US we highly recommend portable water bowls. The Gulpy water dispenser is a great product at a reasonable price, and our guidance is buy a few of them so they are in your car and your dog backpack at all times. Heat can create incredible health risks for your Labrador Retriever, and if you combine proper hydration along with shade and cool places, you decrease the risk of this happening to your bundle of joy.
After your Labrador Retriever is eating and drinking the right food from the right bowl, we think you should consider the required shoots, vaccines, and overall Labrador Retriever health. Dog insurance is a product we believe every Labrador Retriever owner should consider. Because of their larger size, their endless curiosity, and their active lifestyle, there are risks of a medical bill at some point in your Labrador Retriever’s life. We recommend Pet Insurance from Nationwide, and from ASPCA as they have great track records and trust over many years in the industry.