Labrador Retrievers are known for their tendency to eat virtually anything, food or not, but the healthiest foods to feed them are unprocessed meats, fresh fruits and vegetables. They can also eat high-quality bagged or canned dog foods.
Labradors are one of the many breeds of dogs that are not discerning when it comes to the type or amount of food they eat. It is important to construct a balanced and structured eating schedule for a Labrador to avoid any health issues.
First, owners must decide if the dog will be eating a diet of natural foods or store-bought foods. When preparing a natural diet for a Labrador, owners should begin with a sizable portion of protein in the form of chicken, turkey or beef. They should then balance this with fruits such as bananas and apples, as well as vegetables like spinach, celery and carrots. Labradors also need to eat some grains; oatmeal and rice are ideal choices. Owners should make sure all store-bought kibble or wet foods contain as many whole food ingredients as possible.
It's also important to designate specific feeding times for Labradors. It's best to avoid feeding snacks throughout the day or feeding the dog full meals at random times. This causes the dog to overeat and develop a stronger appetite than necessary.