Labrador Feeding Demystified: A Comprehensive Expert Guide

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The best Labrador food is high in fat and protein, but low in carbohydrates. Great diets avoid fillers, and are packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. Working out how to feed a Labrador isn’t just about picking the perfect menu though. You know Labs are enthusiastic eaters and prone to weight gain, so getting the right schedule and feeding routine can make a big difference to your pet’s welfare too.

A good rule of thumb is that puppies up to six months of age need four meals a day. Adult dogs can cope just fine with two meals a day, but many prefer their daily rations to be broken down into smaller amounts.

I’m going to help you choose the right diet for your dog and answer your feeding questions and concerns about how to feed your Labrador. If your dog is under six months old, you’ll probably want to visit our puppy feeding page for detailed information on feeding your Labrador puppy.

Labrador Feeding Guide

The amount you feed your Lab will vary depending on his age and the type of food you are giving him. The Eukanuba Adult Breed Lamb and Rice food suggests these serving sizes:

  • 40 – 45 pound Lab, feed: 205 – 230 grams per day
  • 50 – 55 pound Lab, feed: 240 – 265 grams per day
  • 60 – 65 pound Lab, feed: 270 – 300 grams per day
  • 70 – 75 pound Lab, feed: 300 – 335 grams per day
  • 80 – 85 pound Lab, feed: 330 – 365 grams per day
  • 90 – 95 pound Lab, feed: 355 – 395 grams per day

However, these serving sizes will change depending on the food you use, and only apply to dry kibble! Keep reading to find out how much food your Lab needs if he isn’t eating kibble, and when to feed him.

What’s the best dog food for Labs?

Experts agree that the best food for any dog is a balanced diet that keeps him in excellent health at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, that’s where the agreement ends.

There’s lots to choose from

Even experts differ on which method of feeding is the most healthy, what makes a diet balanced, how easy it is to feed your dog a balanced diet, and which brand of kibble is best. By the end of this article, you’ll know everything about how to feed your Labrador.

Different Methods to Feed your Labrador

There are currently two very different approaches to dog feeding that are popular with many Labrador owners.

Both methods of feeding Labradors have their supporters and detractors. At one time a lot of dogs were fed on canned food with an added biscuit mixer. Nowadays, most pet dogs have dried meals.

Although majority of dogs are now being fed kibble, a substantial minority are fed raw. Raw feeding (the BARF diet) was once considered an extremist fad. But raw fed dogs thrived, and interest in raw feeding dogs has grown lately.

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Labrador dog food choices – dry kibble

The majority of Labrador owners feed their dogs on dried kibble pellets. All major pet food companies now supply a dried version of their brands. You’ll find a confusing range of choice in pet stores and supermarkets worldwide. But some are better than others.

Advantages of kibble

The main advantage of being able to open a packet and instantly pour food into your dog’s bowl is convenience. Busy modern homes are pressed for time. Convenience is an important factor.

Kibble also stores well. It doesn’t need refrigerating or freezing and it doesn’t smell very strong. Most dogs nowadays are trained with food. So kibble has the added advantage of making portable training treats.

The disadvantages of kibble

Kibble doesn’t smell bad, but kibble fed dog poops stink. That is partly because kibble is full of fillers, additional bulking agents that are not fully digested by your dog.

These fillers mean that kibble fed dogs produce much greater quantities of poop and much smellier poop, than dogs fed on raw meat and bones. Kibble fed dogs may also need their teeth cleaning on a daily basis. There may also be a small increased risk of bloat in susceptible dogs fed on a dry food diet.

Kibble fed dogs may also be more likely to snack on their own poop (yes it’s a very common Labrador habit) than raw fed dogs.

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Should I feed my dog raw meat?

Natural raw doggy diets of meat and bones have become increasingly popular, despite some experts giving out dire warnings of the dangers of letting dogs consume bones.

Unfortunately, raw feeding does seem to attract a few extremists. Plus, it can be tricky to find objective and unbiased discussions of the pros and cons of raw feeding on the internet.

The pros and cons

Raw feeding is quite a big topic. It is both complicated and simple. Complicated because we tend to worry about the nutrients our dogs are getting. And we can’t see a list of ingredients on a meaty bone. But the truth is, we don’t need to.

Raw feeding is not as convenient as kibble feeding, It requires plenty of freezer and refrigeration space, a designated preparation surface, and good meat preparation hygiene. (Just as with meat preparation for people).

Small puppies need more research to be raw fed, as they are growing fast and are vulnerable to diets with a poor nutrient balance.

Raw fed dogs and small children

I don’t recommend raw feeding in families with very small children. This is because raw fed dogs get messy. It is hard in this situation to keep raw meat juices containing pathogens, away from children too small to understand the importance of hand washing

The fact is that there is no right way to feed your dog. No ‘best way’ to provide a balanced diet.

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Deciding Between Raw and Kibble

  • If you have a small puppy you may be happier feeding kibble
  • With children under five, it may be safer for you to feed kibble
  • If your dog has a close relative that has suffered from bloat, he may be safer eating raw
  • If your dog suffers from allergies, he might do better on raw

Choosing a brand for your Labrador

Cost matters, but choosing the lowest price Labrador food is not always the cheapest option. Very often, you will need to feed larger quantities of the cheaper food. Mid range dog food brands are usually a good starting point, but the most expensive brands can come with a hidden health benefit.

Biologically appropriate kibble?

I like the Orijen brand, it is what my dogs have as training treats or when I can’t provide raw. Orijen is perhaps the closest thing to biologically appropriate food that you’ll find in a kibble at 80% meat and 20% vegetable with no grain at all.

Remember that a change in diet can upset your dog’s stomach. So if you decide to switch brands, do it gradually over the space of a few days by adding a little more of the new food and a little less of the old, each day.

How often to feed your Labrador

Many dog owners continue to feed their dogs twice a day throughout their lives. Some people feed their dogs once a day after twelve months of age.

We do know that there is an association between bloat and large meals. Though this may only apply to kibble. Once daily feeding is probably fine if you decide to feed raw meat. But with kibble it may be too much dry food in one go. I recommend that you feed your adult dog morning and evening.

How often to feed Labrador puppies

The amount of food that your Labrador puppy needs to eat each day must be divided into several portions. If you try and give him the whole day’s ration in one go,  he will probably give it his best shot. But it will almost certainly give him diarrhoea and could damage his stomach as kibble swells after drinking.

From eight to twelve weeks your puppy will benefit from four meals a day. Breakfast, lunch, tea and supper. Space the meals at least three hours apart to give him chance to digest them properly. And make sure the last meal is a two to three hours before his last trip to the toilet at bedtime.

Once your puppy gets to three months old you can divide his daily ration into three portions, and by six months to two. Breakfast and supper.

How much to feed your Labrador?

Recommended quantities can be found on kibble packaging and these will vary quite widely from brand to brand. They are also often on the high side. If your dog is a little overweight, feed about a third less than recommended for a few days and then re-assess his appearance. Your dog may well need less food than you think.  

How long should your dog take to eat his dinner?

Some people leave food down for their dog’s to ‘graze’ on. I prefer my dogs to eat their meals up fairly quickly. Some dogs are more likely to be ‘picky’ if they know they can come back to their dinner later on. I recommend you take up your dog’s bowl after ten minutes if he hasn’t finished. He won’t come to any harm if he hasn’t devoured the lot.

How to feed a Labrador slowly

A much more common problem in Labradors, is the dog that scoffs his dinner in a heartbeat and then begs for more with pleading eyes. There is an association between bloat and rapid eating, so if you can slow down your dog a little, it is probably good thing. The best way to do that is by using a slow feed bowl.

Feeding household scraps and left overs to dogs

Many people will add household scraps to their dog’s dinner bowl. In theory, there is a risk that this will ‘unbalance’ his diet. In practice, most adult dogs will come to no harm if they occasionally get some ‘extras’ in their bowl.

Make sure that your leftovers don’t contain sugar, onions, cooked bones or any common human foods that are toxic to dogs. And to keep the diet balanced, make sure that left overs don’t comprise more than 10% of your dog’s dinner.

Giving leftovers to puppies

Puppies need a very well balanced diet, so it is not a good idea to feed your puppy on household scraps.

Dog feeding equipment and storage

Good dog feeding bowls are dishwasher safe and not easily breakable. Cheap and colorful plastic bowls can look tired after a few trips through the dishwasher, so I like stainless steel. Although I admit it is quite noisy, and not as pretty as some of the ceramic products. Avoid raised bowls if possible as some studies have associated these with bloat.

For kibble storage I recommend sealable bins, which you can fit large quantites of dried dog food into and keep fresh.

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Giving water to your Labrador

Puppies and older dogs need water available to them at all times during the day. It is ok to take your puppy’s water away an hour before bedtime to help with housetraining.

Kibble fed dogs drink quite a lot of water, raw fed dogs drink very little.

When feeding problems need veterinary help

All puppies need regular veterinary check ups and when you take your puppy to the vet for his vaccinations. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have on his diet and welfare generally.

All dogs may eat less in very hot weather. But changes in appetite, especially sudden changes, can be a sign that your dog is not well. If your Labrador goes off his food, don’t just put it down to old age.

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244 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, my sister just received an 8-week old Labrador puppy for her birthday and we named her Gabby. The thing is, Gab doesn’t like to eat from the bowl but instead wants to eat her food on the floor. What should I do? Thank you in advance.

  2. Hi. We have a 10 week old Goldador (golden retriever Labrador cross. I think that following the guidelines for Labs is just the same.

  3. Hi Pippa,
    I have a three month old black lab. I have finally started him on three meals per day.. But he seems to be very hungry all the time. He keeps following me everywhere making those sad eyes! I have also noticed that he isn’t as active as before.. He is either following me around or sleeping. I feed him pedigree(meant for large breed). Is this normal during the transition period? Has just been a day. But I am worried! Could you please tell me how much should I be feeding him?

    • my best is dog and labra is my life i have labra dog 1 he is not eating food mornig and day i have what do please give me a help 2 i have 1 more problem he is 7 month i would eat a meat and bones 1day i have eat a meat and my dog is very shouting because he would eating a meat . so i would give the meat its not a problem please give me help

  4. hi pippa
    i have a 5 weeks old puppy….i give him royalcanin starter food small amount soaked in water for at least 15 min plus 2 spoons of curd 4 times a day..is that ok……he cries a lot at5:30 in morning because of hunger.which is too early how to shift his time from 5:30 to 7

  5. Hi,my dog is 9 months old and iam feeding him thrice a day,everything is going right but from last 2-3 days he is not taking interest in eating food so iam feeding with my hand.Is he addicted with the hand feeding or bored with the same food.Once a day we are giving ROYAL CANIN LAB JUNIOR KEBBLE food and he was eating it very fast but other than he was not eating his food.So please tell me what would be the reason. Also tell me 3 times a food or 2 times a food, which one is best for 9 month old dog.

  6. Just few questions …we have 36 days dalmation with us now.
    1. What kind of cerilac dencity should be given to him and how often. Plrase help very important

  7. I have a 5 month old lab puppy Jake. I got him at 8 wks and he’s a gorgeous creamy yellow. After getting him and properly changing his food to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy which now he’s fed 1 1/2 cups 3x a day. I give him a lot of toys to play with. He also gets antlers, and home “smoked” femur bones to chew on. He’s recently after my in laws gave him a rawhide started having diarrhea. He’s a little slower than normal eating his evening meal. He also vacuums up any and everything he can find from my 2 young boys ( 3yrs & 9 months). I am trying my hardest to keep him on a grain free diet. He has horrible gas also. I’m feeding him as suggested on the bag of food also. Do you know of any way to cook any meats so I can make training treats that are grain free for him. He was extremely itchy when I first brought him home from his breeder, and getting him off of grains has helped. I just can’t find any grain free training treats here in the USA. Thank you.

  8. It seems to be that a lot of these people are 1. Receiving these puppies to take home way too early and 2. Have no idea what they’re doing! Read a training book or a puppy book before you buy!

  9. Have an 18 week old labrador currently feed him royal canin maxi dry food which he likes but was wondering if there is any other dry food which people recommend which is still good for bone development and also the other ailments which labradores can have in older years.

  10. I have a lab mix dog that came from a hording case in Ohio. Had constant diahera so I added 1 spoon of pumpkin to his food and it stopped. Need to know best dog food to feed him because of his stomach, but needs to loose weight?

  11. Hi,
    I have 7 month old male Labrador. I fed him Royal Canine till 6 months then shifted to home food. Now, I feed him twice a day. I give him 2 boiled eggs, 300gm vegetables (which may include carrot, beans, bottle gaurd..etc) and 250 ml curd (made of cow milk), per meal. Is it ok? or do i have to feed him more ? How can i increase his diet based on this age ?

    Thanks.

  12. How much Pedigree chum ( wet food ) should a 4 yr old neutered male Lab have a day ?we have just taken on a Labrador whose owner was giving him half a tin with 2 handfuls of Wagg biscuits in morning and the other half in evening, he’s always seems hungry and i am wondering if he needs more food daily.

  13. Hi pippa, i am glad too to have found this site. I am a first time dog owner and quite clueless on how things work!! I have a 25 day old male Lab-Ceaser. Its all healthy and very active as i can see. However, it bites/nibbles a lot these day(i did my best giving him a soft Ball) bt it keeps biting/nibbling at almost everything-is it naturl and till when?? also i am a lil clueless on wat to feel and at wat proprtions. Is it ok if i want him to be a vegetarian like i am or prefer meat?? I started of with dry pedigree as of now-but i doubt feeding it too much is making him sleepy(he is sleeping too much than the first few days). but also he is active,plays and keeps running when he is awake.please suggest me the best things to do

  14. I have a 14week old lab , we have been walking him for twice a day but one for 30 mins , one for an hr do u think we r over doing the walking as he seems to not have any energy seems quite lazy in the day , but has 3 meals a day , upto date with vaccinations and wormer , is on barking heads but will be changing to csj dog food as his poos r very soft . Plz can u give us advice

  15. Hi…I have 5months lab female..I give her beef meet with boiled rice and sometime I give her cow’s liver with boil rice and boiled femur bone…is it safe ??…plz hlp me

  16. Hi
    I have a 3yr old golden lab (Romeo). He is good in physique with a shiny coat with no skin disease at all but from last 2 months his hairfall has been increased noticeably.
    Please suggest…..

  17. Hi !! My labradore puppy is two month old and I give him royal Canin food twice a day n curd with littelbit rice twice a day aulternate time but some time he avoid royal canin food and waiting for curd n rice . I want to that which type of veg food is good for him insted of that royal canin food

  18. I have been giving our 8 month old white lab a morning treat of frozen banana and peanut butter mashed up in a kong toy. She loves it !!!
    My wife thinks it’s bad for her health, digestion, etc.
    Are you able to offer an opinion??

  19. Hi

    Just rescued/rehomed a 16 week black lab, he is fantastic, Jock is his name.

    We have been passed some food (wainwrights puppy) and told to feed him 3 x 100g each day. He is still settling to our house and his new home, i am not 100% convinced that he is getting enough food and i noticed in the pet store that larger breeds have their own puppy food, still wainwrights, i want to get it right for Jock.

    He nibbles on grass and leaves when out and will bark we assume in the look out for food as we take him out and he doesnt need either a walk or the toilet.

    He has been with us about 4 days and we think the initial excitement is dropping and he is trying to settle.

    He is fine and appears happy but some food and nutrition advice would be great.

    Thanks

      • Hi David don’t feed ur dog wainwright dog food as my puppy was on it started causing him tooth decay he was only 12 weeks old at the time , if u can try him on Csj puppy food it’s suppose to help with poos too , they have 550 g split between 3 meals which is a lot more than wainwright but make sure to measure it for what ur dog will weigh as an adult . Gd luck hope this helps x

  20. Hi I’m mark from Philippines my Lab’s name hachiko 2months old ……..is it okay hachiko is so high-per play and play at all time?

  21. Hi PIPA

    Hope you are doing Good, I reside in Delhi-India, I have my 2 months and 4 days old Lab Puppy at home, During the Initial days we gave him Cerlac with Water, No Fuss having them, at the end of 3rd month we started give him home made food(Rice with Dall (Indian Form) little turmuric powder and Boiled Egg as well.First day no fuss at all, But on second day he stopped eating Rice with dhall, We continued giving pedigree soaked in water, then also no use, He started tasting it Raw, Then we mixed it with Curd he had some.. Please let me know if he is having some problem…

    • Hi, You can buy commercial puppy food in India, this is a complete food and all that your puppy needs. He does not need milk, or milk substitutes if he is getting a complete food. Have him checked over by your vet if you are worried about his health. Pippa

  22. I am getting my 2 babies in just over a week. The breeder is feeding them Proplan Puppy Large breed Robust and I wondered if this is a good quality food. I have read many reviews that say it is not the best.
    Any comments greatly aprreciated!
    Thanks

  23. Hi pipa, i have 6 years old male lab. Wht ammount of meal he deserves daily??? I am giving him 3 times meal including rice, eggs, chicken, vegetable, milk. Is this meal is good for him??? N what to do for hair fall?

  24. Hi Pippa, Need our advise on the right feed for my Adult Labrador (8 yrs Old). I am based at india and we feed him home cooked Bread and Rice with Milk 3 time daily (Morning, Noon and Evening). The Lab is used to this diet since he was 6 months old and is fit and fine. We also give him calcium and liver tablets daily for his wellbeing. Preparing the current meal at home takes lot of time and effort and hence am wondering if feeding him Pedigree Adult Dog Food (Chicken and Vegetables) 3 times a day (Morning, Noon & Evening) will be fine? Also how much quantity should i feed at each meal? I wanted to know if there is any other better Dog Food that I can feed him insted of Pedigree. Thanking u in anticipation of your advise. Regards Harit

    • Yes Bharat,puppies need meat protein. Commercial puppy food (like Royal Canin or Pedigree) or a proper ‘raw meat and bone’ diet, are what he needs. Pippa

  25. My puppy is 3 months old . We give him bread soaked in cows milk In the morning and rise with curd for lunch and dinner. We give him pedegree(5 TO 8 PICESES) as a snack. Is it ok for him? He used to pee at the same place he did once. Especialy on cloths. Why is it? Like to hear from you
    Hopefully
    Anjali

  26. i have a labrador dog. i am not sure what feed we give him is correct or not, i need your suggestion.

    1. In morning @6AM we give him 1 cup of milk + (1 cup pedigree or 1 boiled egg).
    2. @10AM we give him 2 chapatis with curd
    3. @2PM we give im 3 chapatis with curd
    4. in Evening @6Pm we give pedigree with cup of milk.
    5. @10 PM we give him 3 chapatis again with curd

    We give him curd only because he only likes it and

    if we give pulses then he refuse it and do not take. We are also thinking to give Egg can you tell at
    what time and what type of egg we give him. Please reply, i will wait for it.

    One more thing, please advice if we are not giving a proper feed to our dog.

  27. I have got a new 2months old Labrador puppy first time in my life .I am very worried about him earlier he used to eat Royal Canin mixed with cerac.As I started giving him homemade food like boiled rice, dahlia ,potatoes, boiled vegetables he does not eat much also he does not eat unless I put some milk in front of him in his bowl .please guide me what to do ? Also he always keep on bitting things and pulling our clothes

    • Hi, You need to feed your dog appropriately. Your labrador will not thrive and may even not survive on what you are feeding him now. Dogs are not vegetarians. Go back to a commercial puppy food. Check out our articles on biting in the puppy care section. Best wishes, Pippa

  28. I have 3 mths old yellow lab. I am yet to hear him bark. He is attentive with good hearing and follows commands but am worried about his bark ??? Is it normal with labs???

  29. Sorry, wasn’t able to read your behaviour section on my phone but i have read it now, its good to know poo eating is a common problem!
    Thank you.

  30. Hi Pippa, l have a 1yr old Springador and she is amazing but when l let her out in the garden or off the lead on a walk and she poos, if l don’t get there quick enough, she will eat it ( she won’t poo on the lead). Is this common behaviour? I feed her Royal Canin for lab retreiver twice a day, i was wondering if she’s maybe lacking in something to make her want to eat poo and grass? Shes such a loving wee thing but her kisses aren’t appealing with poo breath!!
    Any help much appreciated

  31. Good evening mam.mam have 2 years old labra dog.now a days my dog is on continuos vomiting from last month.we have given so many antiemetic drugs according to doctor’s prescription but it didn’t work.now plz help me what to do to solve this problem.i love my dog alooooooot , i don’t wann lost my dog.and plz tell me daily diet menu for my dog .is it safe to give milk and pedigree? thnk u mam.

  32. Pippa,

    My Labrador is 11 months old and has always fed well up until the last week or so. I feed her on Bakers puppy food x twice daily. I have been trying to add a bit of adult food in with the puppy to move her on but recently she doesn’t want her food at all. She will eat anything we have but she doesn’t get any of it. Can you please advise what I should try next as I really worry when she doesn’t eat even though she is happy enough. Thanks. Linda

  33. I have a chocolate lab puppy wich is only 2 1\2 months old.But,its not healthy as other puppies of same age.so can u suggest any soln for the faster growth?

  34. Hi Pippa ,
    this is Amit again sorry to disturb you again , i have question i told you before that i m new in raising a dog , my lab is fine now and good thanks to your advise ,
    I have a question is there any way we can control er…. perverted (i dont know any other word) nature of dogs , i mean that my lab tries to jump on everyone and starts um….. u know what . i don’t know what to do . Till now i am the only one who have noticed this behavior in my family . everyone thinks he is playing , but i have seen his… (desire to mate) and the way he moves . Any suggestion would be very much welcomed . One problem is i haven’t seen or known anyone else with female lab .

    • Hello Pippa, my lab is 3 3/4 years I feed her Pedigree Chum tin – 2 tins a day and I put kibble (Bakers) for her to nibble on throughout the day I’ve noticed in the past two weeks so she had a rash on her tummy, even though she gets the flea treatment, I noticed one stray flea but couldn’t catch it. The rash started to get less then, yesterday I noticed that in the fur (just up from her tummy) in a line there was a similar rash it’s not scaly or raw but it’s red in colour, it isn’t affecting her eating, exercising, she doesn’t even scratch – she does lick her paws . Do you think it could be a reaction to a flea bite? Or an allergy to food? Or a parasite? I’ve checked her paws and all looks well. Do you have any ideas what it could be?

  35. My labrador is 4, and is very stocky with quite short front legs. My vet has said he is on the cusp of being overweight. We have noticed recently that when out for a walk with his ball, after a few catches of the ball he is exhausted and lies down. I am not sure if this is the heat or are we feeding him too much. He has two small bakers complete meals a day. He does have the odd treat like a dentistick. Can you tell me what weight of food to give him every day?

    • Hi Alison, unfortunately no-one can tell you exactly how much food to give your dog. Even dogs of exactly the same build and weight will vary in how much food they need. It is important to note that a mildly or even moderately overweight dog would not be exhausted after a few catches of a ball unless he had not had any exercise for some time. So it is important to discuss this symptom with your vet. I hope your dog is ok. Pippa

  36. Hey Pippa…I have tamed a male black Labrador…just wanna ask that he is not having milk at all…he is of 40days only..what can v do??

  37. thanks for fast feedback ,
    but he seems to like oil , cauz i accidentally dropped oil on the floor i cleaned the floor later on i saw he was licking the place where i dropped the oil 😛
    and he also enjoys eating raw vegetables

  38. hi pippa , It me again thanks for your time and sorry for the trouble i might have caused you .. i changed vet and found that there were tapeworms in his belly 🙁 , but now he is fine .
    can you help me in training him , i watched some videos in youtube about training lab’s . but this guy is very clever he only obeys when i have something to give him.
    And one more thing is it okay to give mustard oil and salt in his meal

    • Hi Amit,
      Please do not feed your dog mustard oil and salt!! See the feeding instructions above.
      Training information is in the training section of the menu at the top of the page. Food is a great way to train a puppy, you can fade out the food later as his learning progresses.
      Pippa

  39. Hi Pippa,
    I have 53 days old Fawn Female Lab weight about 4 kg, we provide her meal 4 times a day, now I want to switch to Royal Canin Maxi Starter. Plz let me know how much quantity of the Dry Food should I give her. And can I give her Curd at one meal. Honestly, as those food are costly so I want to know what else food I can give her with Royal Canin. Waiting for reply..
    Thank You.

  40. Hi ,
    I am new in raising the dogs , i just now bought a 8 month Labrador , and i have a really hard time feeding him to tell you the truth i gave him almost everything from raw meat to home made food , i talked to his previous owner , he told me he used to eat everything when he was with him. but he is not eating anything from the time we brought him , only time he eats is when we mix the milk in his meal . But i dont like giving him milk because he vomits it. please give me any suggestions. please reply ASAP he has eaten very less from last 3 days and i took him to vet they told me some diets but even those are not working

      • i did he gave me some kind of syrup to increase the appetite and told me to give me one hour before his meal time and i am following that .. but its not helping, i biggest problem with him is he eats an item only once , for example i gave him oatmeal once and rice at other meal and now he is not eating them again he just smells them and leave them… , but he eats fruits a lot (which i cannot afford as per his requirement may be twice a week but that’s it) and believe me i am running out of options . help me fast i don’t wanna see him suffer(die)

          • Hi Amit,
            I am sorry to hear that your dog is still not eating. It is not possible to diagnose veterinary problems over the internet, and if you are not happy with the advice of a qualified vet, my suggestion would be to get another opinion. I hope your dog is better soon. Best wishes, Pippa

  41. Hi , I have an 8wk old choc lab for 3 days, the first two days he ate with gusto and no problems, I took him for a check up where we got worm treatment,the vet said to not worry if he vomited or had diarrhoea, after the tablet he had his two meals fine (breakfast and mid morning) then dinner he didn’t eat it all, then vomited , now this morning he just wasn’t interested in his food. We went out to play and he was fine but no interest in his food at all, I put him on his bed and he went to sleep..just a bit worried that its 2meals missed?? But hoping its just the worming?

    • Hi Charlie,
      Pups usually eat normally after worming, even if they are sick. Best to be on the safe side with such a young puppy, and give your vet a ring. Hope he is ok.
      Pippa

      • Thanks for your advice, as luck would have it, not long after I sent this I tried again with his lunchtime meal and he ate it not a problem… I think the problem of all things was I changed his bowl, put his lunch back in the old bowl and voila !! He ate!! Finicky little monster that he is!! Oh and he doesn’t like his bowl on the mat either, pushes the bowl off onto the kitchen floor – lucky its cork tiles!!

  42. Hi Pippa we finally got a Labrador on 26th aug she was 50 days old . she seems to be happy and playfull . But she tends to bite hands and legs while playing what could be the reason and how to teach her not to do that.

  43. hii, i am frm india. i have a 6 mth lab pup who weighs approxs 22 kg. i am still giving him 3 meals /day. is that too much?

  44. Hi , I have a 12mth old chocolate lab and over the last couple of days she has been sick a couple of times, but still wants food – what should we give her ? tracy.

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