Everything. That is the answer to the question: what do Labrador Retrievers eat? Labrador Retrievers are noted for their readiness to eat anything they can find, whether or not it is food. The owner must guard against this, for the inquisitive Labrador Retriever can eat things that are not good for it, or even toxic.
Labrador Retrievers do very well on real food such as you eat. Here are some categories you will want to include.
- Real meat, such as beef, chicken, and turkey.
- Fresh, raw fruits such as apples, bananas, and cranberries.
- Fresh, raw vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, celery, potatoes, and spinach.
- Certain dairy foods are good, too, for Labrador Retrievers: cottage cheese, eggs, and yogurt.
- Labrador Retrievers need some grain, but not corn. Make it brown rice or oatmeal.
You can do your own cooking for a Labrador Retriever, if you wish. Actually, there is not a lot of cooking to be done. Most of your Labrador Retriever’s food can be served raw. Some people prefer to cook the meat as this kills any bacteria that are present. Others believe the dog’s body is able to care for the few bacteria that may be present.
Quality Commercial Dog Food
An excellent commercial dog food for Labrador Retrievers is Embark. We are impressed with what it offers an energetic Labrador Retriever. Embark dog food offers what you need for a healthy, safe Labrador Retriever.
Do Not Feed the Labrador Retriever
As the signs in zoos prohibit feeding animals because they might get something that is not good for them, so you should have a mental sign that reminds you what not to feed your Labrador Retriever.
What do Labrador Retrievers eat? As we said, they will eat everything. You must be the guardian of the food dish.
Many commercial dog foods are actually harmful to your dog. It is said that the well-known commercial dog foods you see in your supermarket are composed of rejects. Cereal companies wanted to profit from rejected grain. If the USDA inspection said their corn, rice, and wheat could not be used for humans, they decided, they would make and market dog food. The grain failed inspection because it was moldy, rancid, or contained contaminants. The meat packers had similar problems with meat that failed inspection. When the two got together, they produced commercial dog food.
I have no research to substantiate those findings, but I know that our own dogs did much better when we took them off the dog foods we had purchased in the supermarket, and even at the veterinarian’s office.
Your Labrador Retriever depends on you to feed him what he needs to make him healthy, and to replenish the calories he burns in his active lifestyle.