Golden retrievers are known to have some hereditary skin allergies, and more and more veterinarians are reporting tumors associated with the breed. In fact, some might say that they are riddled with genetic defects. However, feeding your golden retrievers the best food available will help you manage and protect against many of the chronic problems that plague dogs of this breed.
What To Feed Your Golden Retriever
If you are looking for a simple answer to the question “what is the best food for your golden retriever”, you are sure to be disappointed. Every golden retriever is different, so there is no single best food to give him or her.
Check with veterinarians, breeders and other golden retriever parents to find out the food that works best for their dogs. Research various foods and companies online and at your local library, or even call them on the phone, to find out about the ingredients and manufacturing processes that they use.
Ultimately, however, you need to feed your golden retriever the food that is best for him or her individually. Just because K9 Kibble works well for your friend’s dog does not make it ideal for your golden retriever.
You will find that there are hundreds of dog food products available on the current market. Not all dogs will do well with a food containing 25 – 30% protein, but several golden retrievers do. When you are checking the label for the best food, you should note a few things.
- The first ingredient listed on the label should be a poultry or meat meal, not fresh. A minimum of two poultry or meat meals should be listed within the first four ingredients. For foods with a lower protein percentage, the two meals should be listed in the first five or six ingredients on the label.
- Some of the best foods for your golden will contain a minimum of three separate animal proteins excluding eggs, such as chicken, lamb or fish.
- The best food contains no by-products.
- The best food does not contain soy.
- You should look for food with a minimal duplication of cereals, such as rice flour, rice gluten, brewer’s rice, etc. Several premium dog foods try to deceive consumers with this little trick. These foods are cereal based with little animal protein at all.
- Look for foods that do not contain cellulose or peanut hulls.
- It is important to feed your dog a quality food that includes probiotics to help keep your dog healthy.
- Look for food that is preserved with C and E, which is difficult to find in foods that are high in fat and protein. Be prepared to compromise for a quality food that may not meet this particular criterion.
- Look for foods that do not contain any added ethoxyquin.
- Look for food with chelated or sequestered mineral and vitamins to ensure better absorption.
- The best food for golden retrievers does not contain any sugar of any kind, including fructose, sucrose, etc.
Use these guidelines and watch your own dog to find the best food for him or her. If your golden retriever is fit, happy and has no health problems, you are most likely feeding them the best food. However, if your dog suffers from hot spots, fleas, digestive problems, etc. you may want to think about changing their food.
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