One of the most important aspects of owning a Lab is providing them with good nutrition. Trying to find the best food for Labrador Retrievers can be challenging as there are over a hundred brands available on the market today. There are a lot of top quality foods available but there are also some extremely low quality offerings that you should avoid at all costs.
I have tried many different brands of dog food over the years and my Labs have rarely turned their noses up at any of them. This is what makes it so important that you pick a high-quality food as your dog is likely to wolf down whatever you put in front of them.
What Is The Best Food For Labrador Retrievers?
I personally lean towards a couple of different brands for my Labs.
The brand I always recommend for feeding to Labrador Puppies is Origen Large Breed Puppy . This food doesn’t have any of the usual fillers like grain and it’s especially formulated for large breed puppies (like Labs).
I’ve had my dog Shadow on Origen now for a couple of years and he really seems to enjoy it and it does great things for his energy and coat.
The second brand I recommend is Royal Canin Dry Dog Food (Labrador Retriever Puppy Formula) which you can get at most major pet stores. Royal Canin is a solid brand with a good history and I have been very happy with the energy and vitality it has given my Labs over the years.
If you have difficulty finding it, a lot of veterinarian practices seem to keep it in stock so try asking there.
Another favorite of mine (and of course my dogs!) is Wellness Super5Mix® Chicken Recipe. I’ve only been feeding my Lab this brand for the past couple of months but I am quite impressed with it. There are several other flavours available but so far I have only tried feeding my Lab the chicken recipe.
This brand is becoming more popular all the time for good reason.
Is It Better To Feed A Labrador Retriever Dry Food Or Wet?
This is really a matter of personal preference and gauging what your dog seems to prefer. As we all know, Labs are very food fixated though and they are likely to enjoy dry food and wet food equally.
My only warning about feeding exclusively wet food is that your dog will not get the benefit of teeth cleaning that they will with dry. If you want to feed your Lab wet food, I would recommend balancing it with a high quality dry food to avoid any dental issues down the road.
At the end of the day, the best food for Labrador Retrievers is really a balance between what your dog enjoys and what you feel good about feeding to your dog. Your dog’s health is in your hands and it’s up to you to make sure he gets adequate nutrition.
Unfortunately there are some low-quality dog foods on the market that can be tempting for some owners as they can be considerably cheaper than some of the better brands. My recommendation is to not be tempted by the lower price as saving a few bucks on a bag of dog food will only hit you in the wallet further down the line when your dog gets inevitable health issues from a poor diet.
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If you have any questions about what to feed your Lab or want to share some brands that you personally like, please let me know in the comments!