Complete diet plan for Labrador puppies and dogs in India

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Labrador Retriever is inarguably the most popular pet dog breed in India and the most common question we face from pet owners across our chat, emails and phone calls is a suggestion of a diet plan for their lab puppy. So, if you have just bought your new pupper and wondering what to feed him/her, you are at the right place. Although I am not a veterinarian myself, I have been a lab owner for 11 years and been in the pet food industry for the last 6 years. In the course of my journey, I have met countless dog owners, breeders, participated in many dog shows and visited/spoke to many registered veterinary practitioners. So, in this article, I would like to share my experience regarding the most suitable diet for a labrador puppy/dog based on the food and supplement options available in India.

labrador puppy diet chart

1)Labrador puppy age(0-3 months) –  If you are buying or adopting your puppy from a good and responsible breeder, it is highly unlikely that he/she will allow you to take the puppy away from his/her mother before 1.5 months age. However, if this is not the case for your pupper, no need to worry. Although your pup won’t get mother’s milk, you can feed him dog milk available in the market. Be sure not to feed normal cerelac or cow milk as that will result in loose motion as well as stunted growth. Among baby dog milk, there are various options from well-known brands like Royal Canin, Drools, Farmina although I personally prefer Beaphar Lactol or Royal Canin Babydog milk.At this tender age, you need to feed your lab pup via feeding bottle like you would feed a human baby of age 2 months.

Milk is the only food apart from purified water which your dog is gonna need till 1.5months. After this age, till 3 months you have two options. You can either continue with milk or look at starter food options like Royal Canin Maxi starter, Drools starter, Farmina Puppy Starter, Canine Creek Starter, Orijen puppy and plenty of other brands which are available in the market. The kibble for starter food is small and most probably, your puppy will be able to chew it. In case he/she is not, consider adding the dry food into a blender with lukewarm water and make a mix which should be dilute enough to be administered by feeding bottle. Certain dry food can be extremely hard to chew, so depending on the toughness of the kibble you might have to break i.e – blend the food yourself as your puppy might not develop good teeth at this age. Puppies of age 1.5 – 3 months should be given around 200g-300g(total) of feed divided in separate meals in a whole day. You should be following this diet of starter food till 3 months age at least. Also, make sure you are vaccinating as well as deworming your pup at the right intervals.

2)Labrador puppy age(3-15 months) Your puppy will grow to the maximum extent in this age span. So, a proper nutritious diet is essential to achieve good growth. You can either go for Royal Canin Maxi Junior or Royal Canin Labrador Junior or puppy variants of other brands like drools, canine creek, Orijen Puppy and Junior(Recommended), Acana large breed puppy, pedigree(not recommended) at this age. If you are giving a good diet like Royal Canin, farmina or even home-made food, growth should be good. For those who can extend their budget, you can go for something even more premium like Acana, Orijen, Arden Grange and the likes. No need to add additional supplements. If you are feeding home-made food like boiled chicken which itself is a very good food option, consider adding some fish oils like Beaphar Salmon Oil. In case, you are going for filler-prone options like pedigree / drools, supplements like Bone builder / Kalk tabs will be useful. Puppies of age 3-6+ months should be given around 300g-450+g of dry food per day.

3)Labrador dog age(15 months onward) Your puppy is an adult dog now. It’s highly unlikely your dog will grow further in length and height after this age. However, a good diet is recommended to ensure a good life span(above 12 years) and muscle development. For those who want Royal Canin, you can go for Royal Canin Labrador adult. You can also go for more premium brands than Royal canin like Farmina N&D, Hill’s, Orijen, Acana and more. Homemade food can be a healthy option as well. Remember, lab is a high energy dog, so regular exercises/walks are very essential.

Feeding guide(amount to feed in grams) depends on dog weight and varies from brand to brand. You will find the recommended portion for your brand based on the calories it carries on the packet you will buy.

acana feeding guide

Once your dog has reached 3 months age, it’s best to feed him/her twice a day. If you feed thrice, four times or keep food available in front of the dog all the time as many dog owners do, he/she is likely to lose interest in the food and not touch it at all. At other times, you can give chews or treats but whole meal should be fed not more than twice a day. Do not keep food available in front of the dog except during his eating time. However, you can keep water available in a bowl all the time. Sticking to schedule regularly is recommended.

Wait, till now we have been speaking about commercial dry food. What if your dog or puppy doesn’t like any dry food at all?

Yes, this happens to many dogs. While some dogs like pugs are voracious eaters, labs or goldens can be extremely choosy. At infant age, regardless you are giving milk or dry food blended in water through feeding bottle, puppy will eat/drink it. They will eat whatever liquid you put in the feeding bottle at this age.

However, once puppies mature and learn to eat themselves, they may not like dry food, rarely touch it. In these cases, the best option is to first add a home-made additive with the dry food. You may add many things dog like in small quantities of chicken stalk, chicken pieces(boneless for puppies), curd, egg and others to the dry food. Changing or trying out another brand helps as well. So it’s best to buy a small pack before trying any new brand.I have seen many dogs who hate Drools but like Canine Creek although they are manufactured by same company. Every dog has a mind of his own. If you can’t add any home-made side dish, adding less nutritious but delicious wet food like drools holistic blended meals, pedigree chicken gravy, smart-heart chicken liver gravy etc into the dry food can change your dog’s mind at times. In the end, either you can choose from some of the best commercial dog food brands available in India or you can go for totally home-made food if your dog doesn’t like any brand of dry or wet food.

Most common diseases of Indian bred dogs like canine hyp dysplasia, ear infections, bent hind legs can happen to any dog. Take your dog to a registered veterinary practitioner in case such situations arise.

Lack of appetite is also observed during this age at times. For not-so-severe cases, you may administer Himalaya Liv52(syrup or tabs) or other appetite stimulants of various brands twice a day for 1-2 days. In case, your dog has gastrointestinal disorders, referring to a prescription diet under the guidance of a veterinarian can be immensely helpful.

If you have more questions regarding your Labrador dog/puppy and his/her maintenance , feel free to leave a comment below or reach us via the chat option from the bottom-right corner of this page. We have access to registered veterinary practitioners who can help your dog regardless of breed/age.

136 thoughts on “Complete diet plan for Labrador puppies and dogs in India

  1. Rony Majumder says:

    I buyed a lab about 40 days old. I have given milk for 1 and half days and later she vomited many times. Please suggest me that is cerelac wheat good for her.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Don’t give cow milk. Go for starter dry food or something like beaphar lactol.Nestle Cerelac wheat is for humans. Should cause the same problem of vomiting/loose motion in pups.

    • Saumya says:

      Milk is not so suitable for small pups. If you want to provide it to him with small quantities of milk with huge quan5ities of water
      I have a golden retriever

    • Aishna says:

      Yes, it is. I give my lab Nestle Wheat, Apple and cherry ceralac. And she loves it. Just give her one spoon of gripe water once at night 30 mins before putting her to bed.

  2. I Siva naga Kumar says:

    My Labrador puppy three months old present feeding Maxi starter royal canin shall I go to the junior royal canin or any other plz suggest me sir?

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      You can switch to either maxi junior or labrador junior at 3 months age. Make sure puppy’s tooth has developed before switching.

  3. PRANIL VERMA says:

    My Labrador is 2years old and in past few months he has developed a Habit of eating different objects whenever he goes out for walk and his X-ray has detected some stones in his stomach.
    And he vomits the food sometimes and take out the food after meal, I have tried so many doctors and treatments for him.
    Please suggest something.

    Thank you.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Normally dogs vomit out foreign objects they eat. Vomiting or induced vomiting by vet is the only way to prevent surgery. Take him to a vet where they can induce vomiting using gas. If he vomits himself after food, feed him again. Most likely his body is trying to push them out by vomiting.

    • Monu Pal says:

      And Pranil, for your Dogs’ safety sake, start putting him the muzzle on his walks. Remember, Prevention is always better than Cure.

      Monu Pal
      The Dog Trainer, Consultant & Behaviourist.

  4. Siva Naga Kumar says:

    Sir, my labrador puppy entered into 9th month and was weight 36.5kg is it over weight or not ….I’m feeding Royal canin junior. Please let me know about it?

  5. Aakankhya says:

    My Labrador puppy is 2.5 months old…I am giving him royal canin nai starter. But he doesn’t want to what I have to do to feed him

  6. Karanbir singh says:

    My labrador is 4 years old but now he has become fatty and also not having proper weight on his legs means unable to run kindly suggest me something

  7. Sonu Kumar yadav says:

    Sir.. my lab pup is 2 month old and his musscle are not growing I am using cannin Creek starter..plzz suggest better option..

  8. Amarjitj says:

    My lab is 32 days old sir.. when i adopt her the doner said me to give cerelac(less milk and more water) and my lab love cerelac very much… do i need to change my labs food? And what timing should i feed her? Please help sir

  9. Harshal Sonekar says:

    Im having a labrador puppy 11 days old and his parent is not enough to fed up the puppy so what should I do to fed up puppy can I give him a cow milk.

  10. Hemant Sharma says:

    Sir , my Labrador puppy age is only 40 days and I want to ask how many times I can feed him and what should I give him

  11. Rahul says:

    Hi, i bought golden retriever which is 21 days old now. I gave morning and afternoon nestle cerelac and royal canin starter for evening and my question is can i continue giving my dog royal canin starter or should i feed my dog Beaphar Lactol? And what will be feeding timings? Can i give 4 timez a day?

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      I won’t suggest cow milk for pups. You can give beaphar lactol though. Or you can give starter food blended with water in mixer grinder through feeding bottle.

  12. Aravind says:

    Which food is best lab puppy ? my lab puppies 36 days old, few peoples suggest me( focus) some other people’s suggested ( royal canni), what can i do me don’t have an idea that’s the problem pls suggest me, Wht types of food to feed list out me

  13. Satish says:

    Hi sir,i have labrador female puppy which has age is 80 days old i feed her royal canin maxi starter noe can i switch to maxi junior?

  14. Prateek says:

    My lab pup is 2 months old. I want to start training him as early as possible. I am already giving him maxi starter 4 times a day. Can i start giving him treats as reward? If yes, what type of treat would be good for him?

  15. Harpreet says:

    My lab is 3 year old … daily want chicken .. what else can i give to lab with chapatis indian bread instead of chicken…. and what about the mating… is it necessary to allow dogs to mate.

  16. SANDEEP KUNDU says:

    I have a Labrador puppy age of 42 days and i am giving her cerelac twice and royal canin startar twice in daily basis. Should i keep it or go with only startar pack. Right now her weight is 6.5 that right amount of weight at her age????

  17. Anju says:

    Hi my lab is eight months old . I switched him to home food as he developed allergy to kibble. I am giving him khichdi with veggies two times a day . How much of food should I give him at s time .

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      There are many dry food for dogs prone to allergy like hypoallergenic diets. You can try them as well.Dogs need meat.Feed up to 200-250g a day.

  18. Dhirender Gaur says:

    My Labrador Puppy at 9weeks is just 5.5kg. Giving him 200grams in 4meals Royal Canin starter. What can I do to help gain weight and height

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Feed the best you can. Do not think of weight at this age. A 9 week pups can gain as much as 1kg in a week. Try out some home-made food rich in protein or better brands like farmina or acana if you want better diet than royal canin.

  19. Ashokkumar K says:

    Hi, My Lab name Fluffy is 10 weeks old male Puppy. I am giving Puppystart Celelac daily once early morning and Royal Canin Labrador Junior from 10th week. Till 9 weeks I gave Royal Canin Maxi Starter . The growth is excellent now with good structure. Never give cow milk or any other foods apart from Royal Canin until it reaches good growth and structure . Please don’t think about heavy weight as this breed might get Cholestrol fat due to heavy weights . If you feel your puppy should develop good texture and bone growth you can give supplementary like FishOoil , Skycal, Petup and some calcium sticks for Good Teeth Maintenance and toning.

  20. Smita Chowdhury Roy says:

    We adopted 45 days Lab puppy as on 30th May 2017, the day we adopt her went to Doctor for check up and her weight was 2.300 kg. now she is almost 2 months puppy we have started giving her Royal canin maxi starter twice daily (around 20 gm per meal) and three time lacto gen as per Docs prescription. Also we have added Vitamin and Enzym pet during her lunch and dinner time. Now not sure why we are feeling she is not growing as much she should grow like other lab puppies. May be we are wrong. Can you please guide us if we should increase her Royal canin amount for good growth.

  21. Soumen says:

    My labrador dog at 43 days is just 2kg.i give her some rice and chicken and’s good for health to her?

  22. Yash Gupta says:

    Hi My labrador is 9 weeks, From when should I start giving him some solid home foods, because I do not trust any brands and want to provide healthy home food, what can I give Inform of Solid foods, I’m thinking to provide rice, chapati, dal, bolied bone less chicken, and need suggestions.

  23. mownish says:

    Hi my lab puppy is 2 months old,i want to know can i feed drools focus starter for 4 times a day like 200-250g..kindly let me know about this..

  24. Ayshna says:

    My labrador is 15 months old and weighs 45kgs. I feed him twice a day (2 chapaties in curd). How do i make him lose weight?

  25. Akanksha Mishra says:

    hi. i have golden retriver he is 38 days old. what should i feed him and which cerelac is good for him. how many spoons in what time?. its my first time of keeping a pet please suggest .

  26. Honey says:

    Hi.. i have labrador and 15 days ago she matting and i am not know what i give her for better health of her and her baby’s plz suggest me full diet plan and what i have to do and what not to do plz rqstly suggest me……

  27. APJ says:

    My lab is 7 years old with a hip dysplasia problem. please suggest a healthy and weight loss friendly diet for him.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      If you dog has difficulty walking or getting up, you should go to a vet and get x-ray done first to determine the severity of HD.

  28. Jasmin Singh says:

    I have 2 1/2 months old female lab-retriever puppy. She’s having 5 meals/day (50g per meal with Royal Canin Maxi starter).
    what veggies and fruits are also good for her? What weight she must be? Is it okay if i will give her a bath since she always attempt to play in the water? Which food should i feed her and vitamins to boost her immune system? Thank you so much

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Yes, you can bathe her. Sweet potato, carrot, papaya,watermelon, most fruits apart from citrus fruits like lemon are good.

  29. Amit says:

    I adopted 37 days old lab puppy having weight of 2 kg and giving royal canin mini starter since last 4days, 20gms 4times, is it ok.

  30. vijay says:

    Hi,my lab puppy is 37 days old, i am giving cerelac and curd .. he is not drinking water. And every 2 hours once he used to wake up and always peeing.. is that ok ? should i change his food habit.

  31. vishal singh says:

    Please help me … my labra puppy is just 45 days old and doctor has suggested me to give him 10 gm of puppy cerelac 4 times in a day.. with Luke warm water but I could see it’s insufficient for him and he warned if Fred him more than it then my puppy wud start having loose motions… kindly suggest me what to do please please..

  32. Navya says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have Labrador it’s 3 months old male and am feeding him royal canin but he is not getting growth he is underweight am worried about it …Even nw body skin getting red rashes n hair fall also….Please help me out…

  33. Yash says:

    My labrador is 14 months old and he is shedding too much hairs, i took him to a vet and he suggested a syrup but still no difference, im too worried about him,can u please tell me the reasons and cure.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Brush him thoroughly twice a day, that should take care of shedding at other times of the day. You can incorporate fish oil into meal. Make sure there is no fungus or fleas causing the shedding.

  34. Vikram says:

    Hello sir,
    My German Shepherd puppy is 2.5 months old.
    Previously I was feeding drool German Shepherd puppy food. Vet suggested calcium syrup.
    Now I changed to drool focus puppy food, whether should I continue calcium syrup or not?

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Yes you can continue with the calcium syrup. Try looking at a better brand like royal canin or farmina if budget permits.

  35. Arattrika Sanyal says:

    I just adopted a Labrador who is approximately 3 years of age and weighs 26kgs.
    I give him Rice and chicken. 200gms per day. Is it okay?

  36. Shinam says:

    My lab dog is 36 days old.. I am giving to him cerelac with milk and also give him curd… I just want to know that what is good feed for him… I am confused in feed feed option. Plz suggest to me.

  37. sharmistha says:

    Hi my male Labrador is about 4 years now.
    1) Is it necessary for him to get mating?
    2) He is facing skin infections for last 2 months. Vet has given antibiotics and spray but of no use. he is facing itching prob. can you suggest some good medicine for him?
    I am from India

  38. Jasmit says:

    Hie, My lab puppy is 2 month old. Can you tell me what to feed him? Please tell the thing that is easily available in the market as well. Moreover, how many time should i give him bath? and can you tell about vaccinations also? I would be very thankful to you.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      You can feed him starter version of any dry food or home-made food like boneless boiled chicken rice, curd rice etc. Bathing once a week should be okay. Vaccinations should start ideally right since puppy is born, you need to talk to your breeder or adoption center to know what vaccinations have been previously given.

  39. Soumitra Dutta says:

    Sir, I have a Lab and it 36 days old..what kind of food I feed him? and how many times I feed him in a single day? Please suggest me..Thank you…

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      At this tender age you should feed him mother’s milk or milk replacers till 45 days at least. Feed 3-5 times now. After 50days age you can go for starter dry food. Feed not more than twice a day after 6 months age.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      For ticks, you can try flea and tick shampoos. If they don’t work as expected, you can go for injection or oral treatment.

  40. Akshay v nair says:

    Hi i have 2.5 mnth old lab male…
    I’m giving him drools regular but he dnt eat and dnt drink milk…can i give him rice

  41. Rajendra bhutani says:

    My labra is 8 months old..and we are vegetarian, so is it necessary to provide them meat..we are providing him pedigree.

  42. Vivek says:

    Hi sir my lab is 4months old and she is thin like 5 kg I give 4times food per day but she won’t eat sometimes I feed her ragi malt and royal canin ( junior Labrador retriever ) but she is very active puppy but her growth is very low … please suggest me what should I do … is there any medicine for growth and weight gain ?

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Ideally, you should feed your dog not more than twice a day. If you feed dry food 4 times, she will grow tired of the food. You can try adding boiled chicken pieces or gravy food to dry kibble to make it more attractive. Joint or vitamin supplement may be useful but that won’t be a substitute for food. You can also give appetite stimulants like liv52 pet or skyec herbatake pet.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      You can go for milk replacers like royal canin babydog milk, samolac or beaphar lactol. These are much better than human baby cerelac when it comes to puppies. No need to add vitamins, supplements etc apart from milk at this tender age.

  43. Urvashi Gupta says:

    I have a 9+year old female Labrador.
    She is has gained much weight. I would like to know what diet plan i can follow to bring her back to her initial figure . She becomes very tried easily. She has become very lazy. We prefer vegetarian diet and yes can also give eggs if adviced. Please help me. I am very worried for her.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Give her less quantity of food and get her some exercise. You can try weight management dry food of various brands available like hills r/d or royal canin satiety. Decrease portions of rice and other grains, increase the quantity of protein in diet.

  44. Ishita says:

    My labrador puppy is 7 weeks old and I’m confused whether as to I can give it home food like curd and bread yet or shall I stick to royal canine food.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      You can give home food like curd rice, boneless boiled chicken rice etc 45 days onward. Till then, it’s better to stick to puppy milk or starter dry food blended with water in a mixer.

  45. Bhavana Solanki says:

    Sir i have lab he is 6months old now from starting he loves pedigree but now he dont even like to eat pls tell me what should i give him

  46. Mayank says:

    Sir my labrador puppy is 30 old. I want to feed cheapest and best food food to her.. may u suggeet. What’s about let’s bite starter/drools focus

  47. Nilesh partani says:

    My female lab is 2 months old , we feed her royal canine dog food twice and roti and curd twice but she looks to eat whatever she can grab though we don’t allow it . Also she has habit of biting a lot, we are trying to train her for toilets but still she is not getting used to go at a particular place.kindly suggest remedies . Thanks in advance .

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Biting tendency will subside as the puppy becomes older. Give her a verbal scold every time she tries to bite. This is teething time, give her chew bones or chew toys to keep her engaged. Take her out after meal every day to the place preferably outside where you want her to do it, keep her there for some time, she will gradually learn. Teaching her to use home indoor toilet will take time. Feeding thrice is okay. You can use curd+dry food or boiled boneless chicken+dry food. Roti or rice with curd not really nutritious, meat is needed for growth. You can give totally home-made food like boiled boneless chicken+roti or chicken rice though.

  48. Sonal says:

    Hello sir. My labrador s mixture of labrador and retriever. She s female and 5 years old. Still she s totally vegetarian. But for her age I think I have to start some non veg also. Plz suggest me diet plan including veg and non veg too. Egg yellow s good for them or not? Should I gave her curd? And pedigree which one should I gave her.
    Thank you sir

  49. Jacob says:

    Hello Sir my Labrador Male dog age 3 is facing an issue if loosen skin which makes the skin in the face to hang down. So what should we do to reduce and to make skin much more firm.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      There may be thyroid problems causing the drooping skin below the chin or just a sign of aging and perfectly normal. Hard to tell without examining.

  50. Ritesh Goyal says:

    sir, i have a female lab, 8 months old, i am feeding her royal canine junior 250 gms a day (85 gms * 3 times), is this enough for balanced growth. or anything extra needs to be given

  51. Debasis says:

    Hello, i have a lab male who is 3 months old. Presently i am giving him 3 times royal canin dry food. i want to switchover to home food like curd -rice etc but he is not eating it. Kindly suggest a diet plan with a good mixture of dog food and home made food for my lab for his proper growth and development.
    Thanking you

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      You can give boiled chicken rice, chicken veggies, egg rice or chicken pieces mixed with dry food(best). Curd rice is not good enough at this growing age. After 6 months of age, feeding twice a day will be enough. Feeding chicken rice will be as good as royal canin if not better.

  52. Surinder Brar says:

    Hi, i have a labra dog around 11 months but he is not healthy as i looked around other dog in same age we are giving him dry food like pedegry in morning and lunch time two chapati and night time two chapati with home made any daal or vegitable. please suggest

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Try adding more protein into diet, stuff like dry food of good brand or homemade food like meat-rice, egg-rice, chicken-veggie. Chapatti, daal and pedigree are not good enough.

  53. Pradeep kumar d v says:

    I have lab 9 weeks.. have some hairloss on his face, legs and neck, have any skin lotions for this symptoms and how to use

  54. Nalli Pandu says:

    Sir, my lab is 22 months old .Not eating food and so much hair fall.
    Plz recommend food and best shampoo. Plzzzzzz replay sit

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