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Feeding A Golden Retriever for Optimum Health
How much does a golden retriever eat? What type of diet should you consider? It’s important to remember that this large dog breed has a longer lifespan of up to 15 years or more. Therefore, you should consider their nutritional requirements at different life stages like puppies, older pets, and nursing mothers. Various factors will affect the nutritional needs of your Golden Retriever.
With size, we mean weight and height. An adult male Golden Retriever weighs 30-35 kg and measures 56-61cm. While an adult female Golden Retriever weighs 27-32 kg and reaches up to 56 cm on average. as with all dogs it’s important to ensure your pet does not become overweight. If you are concerned about your pets weight it’s important to speak to your veterinarian and reduce the amount of treats you feed.
Since Golden Retrievers are adaptable and versatile, they can shine at being both a family loving pet and a working dog. They make great companion pets who are well known to happily adjust to life with other four-legged friends like rabbits. On the international stage Golden Retrievers are hard working rescue dogs, retrieval pets, and guide-dogs.
Working Golden Retrievers have a higher activity level, consequently they will require a diet that is rich in carbohydrates as their source of energy. It is also important that you make sure that the fat level is moderate. Adjusting this accordingly depending on your pets activity levels. If in doubt it’s best to check in with your local veterinarian.
Conversely, Golden Retrievers with a lower activity level should have a low calorie diet.
Golden Retrievers can live up to 12 to 15 years of age. It’s important that you are careful not to overfeed as it can lead to obesity. Golden Retrievers are sensitive to weight gain, which can lead to a host of unwanted health issues.
Like with all dogs it’s important not to feed your Golden any cooked bones. Cooked bones splinter causing major issues not only in the throat and mouth, but also leading to abdominal surgery. It is only advised to feed your dog raw bones and always supervise.
Ingredients to include in a Golden Retriever’s diet
When it comes to choosing the right nutrition for golden retriever, you should consider different ingredients. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on food however, and there is some great advice given in this article on how to save on dog food.
Common ingredients on commercial dog food contain:
Meat or/ and meat meal
- A rich source of protein.
- Repairs body and organ tissues.
- Strengthens and improves bone flexibility.
- Regenerates cell and blood components.
Examples are brown rice, barley, oats, bulgur (grounded wheat). They are an essential source of energy.
Vitamins and minerals
- They boost the immune system.
- Vegetables and fruits.
- A rich source of fiber for egestion.
- Ideal for reproduction and pregnancy.
- Helps the body to absorb nutrients.
- Maintain skin health and body insulation.
- Helps with inflammatory issues.
Aids digestion and good gut health. Ensure that you give your pet plenty of fresh clean water throughout the day.
Dry Vs Wet Food
You will find that most Golden Retriever foods eat either wet or dry.
Dry Food Merits
- It is cheaper than wet food.
- You can store and divide it into portions easily.
- It is available in smaller packages than wet food.
- It is the best treat to boost your dog’s energy.
Wet Food Merits
- They have a lot of moisture content that is good for your dog.
- It is tastier than dry food.
- It contains fewer calories, which are more suitable for your Retriever.
- Have a longer shelf life.
Understanding the nutritional requirements of your Golden Retriever is essential for their optimum health. Providing a specially formulated Golden Retriever diet is also recommended. There are many top brands available from your vet or pet shop that can perfectly match the diet requirements of your chosen breed. Always follow the manufactures feeding guides and seek help if you have any concerns with your pets weight or health. It’s important to understand that some Goldens have a big appetite, and if you meet their nutritional needs, you will prevent many health conditions from arising.