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What food do I feed my chocolate Labrador?

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Eukanuba Labrador food, Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice, Royal Canine Labrador 30, Timberwolf Organics Wild and Natural, and Canidae Life Stages are all brands recommended by DogFoodGuru.com. Wagg Complete Worker, Skinners Field and Trial, and Lily's Kitchen Stew come recommended by TheLabradorSite.com.

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Any dog food that states it is "complete and balanced" is fine to feed a chocolate Labrador, according to the Dog Channel. However, Labs have a tendency to love eating, which gives them a propensity for obesity. While their nutritional needs are not breed specific, overweight Labs do have a tendency to develop genetically mediated orthopedic disorders more often than other breeds their size. Because these disorders can be mitigated by controlling the dog's weight, chocolate Labs should be fed in controlled portions rather than free-fed.

PetCareRx details a diet for pet owners who want to cook their chocolate Lab's food. The necessary ingredients are a protein source such as meat or poultry, yogurt or cottage cheese, rice or barley, fruit and vegetables, vegetable oil and dog supplements. The ratio for the mix should be 50 percent protein, 30 percent complex carbohydrates and 20 percent fruit and vegetables. Supplements include calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iron. Raisins, grapes and macadamia nuts are harmful to Labs. Likewise, avocados, onions, garlic and chives should be avoided.

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