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I want to change my dog food,help?

Hi friends, am having 4months old lab.... now am feeding him pedigree and now am want to change to home made food.. i planned like this experts please tell me wheather it is correct or not morning chapathi afternoon curd rice with 300gms of chicken(Daily should i give chicken or 3times a week) night chapathi milk should be given or not... if my diet chart is wrong experts please guide me how to feed My lab is pure breed s/o show champion and i want to be grow big size like pure breeds will home made food help??
By vignesh · 03 Sep 2011 2:06 pm


By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 03 Sep 2011 3:22 pm
Hi Vignesh,

I am not an expert but i want to share my experience about lab feeding as i do have labrador.

Dont you think chapati is from wheat and wheat is a grain? my friend boxer had skin allergy after having chapati in morning, so if you are newly introducing chapati, give him littlebit and check that he should not get any allergies and then gradually increase the chapati amount.

Curd rice would be a best choice and chicken you can give either daily or weekly 3 times whichever is affordable to you. make sure that you should not give cooked chicken to your puppy as cooked chicken has sharp bones which hurts puppy throat. If you plan to give only boiled chicken then go for boneless chicken pieces.

Milk should be avoided as it may cause loose motion for puppies, instead of milk give him alternative milk products like yogurt, cottage cheese (panner), cheese, butter and curd.

Some points to remember for lab owners:

1. As labs are tend to put weight so we need to reduce the intake of carbohydrates, which includes mainly rice and other treats.

2. Next, you need to figure out weight of your puppy parents and you need to maintain the weight of your puppy accordingly. Usually puppies reach 50% of their adult weight in their 6 months of age.

3. Food and weight should be balanced, exercise is must but should not over do it as over exercise cause problems on their health later stage. Let him take good rest with nice play time.

4. You can also add egg and cod liver oil capsules in his diet, and this is for shinny coat.

5. You can also give stuffed veg rice (vegetables+rice).

6. If you want your lab to put on weight add banana and curd in his meal.

7. Dont ever try beef for labradors, try only chicken, lamb, goat, fish, turkey, duck, and egg.

8. Monitor his stool always if you see loosy and stinky stools which means something is wrong in his diet.

9. Give more exercise to his jaws by giving meaty bones/tender coconut/kong toys.

10. Avoid giving Onion, Garlic, Grapes and chocolates to labradors. these are extremely poisonous to dogs.

11. Last and finally labs are clever, he will do anything for getting treats and food, use this skill in positive way.

And this is one of my favorite line about dogs...
"Always treat dog as a dog, if you start treating him as human then he will treat you as a dog".

All the best.
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By vignesh · 03 Sep 2011 6:13 pm
Thanks kamal your answer was awesome and it gives me much knowledge about labs...u asked me to give chicken wit rice but ur saying it has carbhohydrates and it should avoided then what should i give him for meals instead of rice
instead of chapathi what should i give him and he loves chapathi
he is 4month old weight 16kg
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By Kapil · 03 Sep 2011 8:44 pm
Yes kamal My 3months lhasa olso love to eat roti. what should I give him instead of that.
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 03 Sep 2011 9:37 pm
rice upto 100 gms a day is ok. well for Chapati try this proportion. Will be Better.

Wheat/Bajra/Chana/Makka 60:15:20:5 in Winters

Wheat/Jaau/Chana/Makka 60:15:20:5 in Summers
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 03 Sep 2011 9:55 pm
I agree with Mr.Anil and follow his instructions. Happy to see that people are switching to home made food for their furry babies.
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By Kapil · 03 Sep 2011 11:35 pm
Thanks Anil,Kamal u r both very good for like us who bring the puppy (not a dog) first time at home. thanks a lot.........
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 03 Sep 2011 11:39 pm
Kamal an expert in Labs
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By Navjot Singh · 04 Sep 2011 5:31 am
Kamal spot on!! You have left nothing left to add.
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By vignesh · 04 Sep 2011 8:42 am
Thanks above all your answer was more than i expected from today am going to give home made food for my duke:)
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By vignesh · 04 Sep 2011 8:44 am
Friends i have 1more issue my home floor is granite so i wont allow my duke to play inside mostly but sometime he used to come in and get slip in de floor now his front leg is slightly bending....i dnt wnt his legs to be bend please tell me how to get rid of this....is there any tablets that make him to get proper les means please tell me
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By nikhil · 04 Sep 2011 8:47 am
Kamal i like the tag line dude "always treat dog as a dog , if you treat him as a human then he will treat you as a dog" lol !
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 04 Sep 2011 9:17 am
Thanks Anil, I felt awarded from your words, to be honest, the foundation of these learnings are from your earlier replies in this forum and articles in your websites.

@Vignesh : As per my knowledge there is no tablet makes legs straight.

For leg bend, these are the possibilities and remedies.

1. If you exercise him on rough surface, he will be alright.

2. There might be also possibility that his parents/grand parents have such kind of legs and he get it by genetics.

3. Also you cant tell leg bend in 4 month of age, there might be also puppy fat in him and because of that weight he walks like that.

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By Kapil · 04 Sep 2011 8:10 pm
Thanks for u all my good friends. thanks for dogspot who give us a platform 2 talk with u.
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By hemant · 20 Jan 2012 8:35 pm
Homemade food is not nutritionally balance, it is poor in protein , vitamins and minerals while having excess carbohydrates its always better to keep your pet or commercial dog food which is made up with high quality ingredients so that well balance nutrition can be provided.
I would recommend Drools on it is made up of real chicken and egg contains optimum amount of vitamins , minerals omega fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotics. it is value for money product which are of the best product available in Indian market.....
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 20 Jan 2012 8:39 pm
Even kibbles are NEVER a balanced diet. Simple answer that is a gaint breed kibble meets the requirement for both an ENGLISH MASTIFF and a ST BERNARD? If so how? awaiting a detailed reply with facts and figures.
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By Rajesh Vajresh · 19 Feb 2014 6:23 pm
Hi Kamal,

iam following your suggestions on feeding my 3 months old lad.

iam worried abt one thing.. sometimes my lab will eat his own poop, i feel embarrassed when it comes to lick me... can u suggest me how to stop it..?
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