How to feed a labrador puppy?

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Balance

Nature works to maintain a state of health. A state of balance is called health. All of the tissues, organs, and systems of the body are functioning normally. To be healthy, the body needs the right amount of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

It has been said that your dog needs a balanced diet. What is balanced?

If you ate the same food all the time, your nutrition levels inside your body would become unbalanced, since one food alone cannot provide all the vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain a healthy body. A variety of foods need to be metabolised in order to provide the essential vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and electrolytes that your dog’s body needs to maintain normal functions.

Cells need a lot of different vitamins and minerals. They have responsibilities in every aspect of normal homeostatic processes in the body, including regulating cell fluid levels, supplying glucose and energy, tissue building, and regulating cell functions, growth and repair.

This is the reason your dog needs a variety of foods.

What we feed

There are different approaches to feeding the dog. The approach we choose for our dogs is based on research we have done and more than a decade of experience feeding our dogs. We like to feed a combination of raw food and dry food.

kibble means a premium quality dry food and raw means feeding a combination of raw meats, organ and bone, plus vegetables.

The issue with today’s dry dog food brands, of which there are many, is that most contain cheap and extremely unhealthy fillers to make the food stick together, to bulk it up, and to make it cheaper to produce. This contributes to overweight dogs, health problems, and cancer.

Premium quality is what we recommend for dry food. Premium quality brands include Canidae Pure, Applause, and Ziwi Peak.

Although we are not against dogs having grain completely, we know that they do not require grains in their diet, and that the carbohydrate converts to sugar, contributing to weight-gain. The first few ingredients listed on the packing should be meats for a high-quality dry food.

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Puppies should be fed a combination of raw and kibble throughout their lifetime. Premium quality dry food is a must if raw-feeding is not possible. We hope that you include some raw feeding.

The History of Dog Food is a short video.

Raw Feeding

We are going to introduce you to what is known as BARF, Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, if you don’t already know what it is.

The proportions of meat, organ, bone and vegetable that dogs in nature would have eaten are recreated in this way. For dogs to achieve the long and healthy life they deserve, they should eat what nature intended them to eat.

A BARF diet is based on fresh raw foods, which include meat, organs, and bones, as well as vegetables and fruit.

The amount of meat, organ, bone and vegetable that can be eaten by a dog in nature can be mimicked by our homemade BARF meals.

This is a fantastic raw feeding ratio. Our dogs love it, and they sport shiny coats and healthy bodies to show for it.

Some people think that feeding their dog meat like beef, lamb, or chicken, which is muscle meat only, is raw feeding. The dog can’t get complete nutrition from meat and poultry alone. They don’t have enough calcium, sodium, copper, iodine and other trace elements that are essential. It is important to feed 70% as muscle meat, plus 10% bone, 10% organs, and 10% vegetables because they provide a lot of the essential minerals and vitamins that are missing in muscle meat alone.

A raw diet should include organs and bones, not just muscle meat.

If you want to learn more about the theory behind the BARF diet, Perfectly Rawsome is a good resource.

Dogs Naturally Magazine and online videos discuss raw feeding.

Preparing raw meals

The knowledge, ingredients, bucket and freezer are all you need. The diet is easy to prepare and thaw in containers. Like with human-grade food, proper food-handling techniques like keeping meat cold, freezing and thawing will prevent the spread of disease.

It’s cheaper to make raw meals in bulk batches. Our process is simple: source the ingredients (fresher is better), cut or mince the meat/organ component, grate or mince the raw vegetables, mix together, measure and freeze.

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It’s ideal to have a variety of meat species. Several different species of meat are included in our labrador’s diet. Each time we make and freeze a new batches of raw food, we vary it slightly.

If you want to keep it interesting for your dog and promote balanced nutrition, alternate the types of meat and vegetables you use.

We make bulk as we are feeding many dogs and it saves time and money.

Cost and sourcing ingredients

It’s not expensive to make raw meals the way we do. It works out the same as buying a can of dog food from a supermarket shelf. A 400g can of dog food is the same price as a raw meal. We have calculated this out several times on different batches of meals we prepared and our conclusion was the same, making raw food in bulk does not cost more per meal than a can of processed dog food.

Making bulk meals and putting them in the freezer saves money and time.

You can find the best places to get your ingredients from local shops and markets. Chicken frames in a pet chicken mince is a great source of calcium and can be found in the IGA supermarket. We get fresh game meat from our brothers. One of our local fresh food markets has a range of organ meats that are good quality and cheap.

Be aware.

Most of the meat at the abattoir comes from animals that did not make it to the human meat-market due to illness, disease, and contamination. One would want to find out where the meat is coming from.

There is a We source meat, organ and offal from butchers because they were considered safe for human consumption. We get our pet quality minces from our local fresh food market and butchers.

Even if some vegetables are thrown in, it cannot be considered a balanced meal. If you choose to use a pet mince, be sure to add an organ and vegetable component because it is still lacking in essential nutrition.

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