Complete diet plan for Labrador puppies and dogs in India

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 brown and blackLabrador puppy age(0-3months)– 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. 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 milk or look at starter food options like Royal Canin Maxi starter or drools starter. The kibble for starter food is small and most probably, your puppy will 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 via 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 pupper might not develop good teeth at this age. 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.

Labrador puppy age(3-15months)– 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, pedigree(not recommended ideally) at this age. If you are giving a good diet like Royal Canin, farmina or even home-made food, growth should be good. 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 are mandatory.

Labrador dog age(15months onwards)– Your puppy is a grown 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). I recommend feeding Royal Canin Labrador adult. You can also go for more premium brands like cibau or Orijen. Homemade food can be a healthy option as well. Remember, lab is a high energy dog, so regular exercises/walks are very essential.

Most common diseases of Indian bred dogs like canine hyp dysplasia appear at this age. So, study the symptoms well and 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) twice a day for 1-2 days to stimulate your dog’s appetite. In case, your dog has gastrointestinal disorders, referring to a prescription diet under the guidance of a veterinarian can be helpful.

If you have more questions regarding your Labrador dog/puppy and his/her maintenance , feel free to 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.

30 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

  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.

  4. Harsh says:

    Vrmery informative article. Can you pls tell me what’s the difference between Royal Canin Maxi Junior or Royal Canin Labrador Junior – is it dog specific? My pup will be 3 months next week, need to take a call on the next food. Thanks!

  5. shivani says:

    My puppy will be of 3 months after one week. I’m giving her royal canin Maxi starter twice and meralac twice in a day. Should I go for pedigree puppy by increasing 25% of pedigree puppy? And instead of meralac what should I go for home food(roti and curd) once and two time pedigree?

  6. gs says:

    I am giving royal cabin medium junior to my lab since his age of 3 months old. Now he is 1 and half year old. He is doing vomiting from last 3 days, after eating royal canin .

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Ideally maxi junior/lab junior is recommended but medium junior should not cause vomiting. He must be having digestive disorders. Give him something else like chicken and rice and see how he does.Take him to a vet immediately if vomiting persists.

  7. pritha says:

    My lab puppy is going to be 3 months from next week onwards .Her weight is 11 kg.when compared to other puppies mine looks skinny.I am.little bit worried. Give me suggestion.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      11kg for a 3 month lab puppy is not under-weight, rather perfect weight. Still make sure you are giving a good diet and doing deworming timely.

  8. Veronica Nagle says:

    Hello..i have a black lab 6 months old weighing 25kgs..he’s a happy bratty boy..he’s fed home made food ie chicken and rice twice a day. Off late he’s been eating up my big boy 5yr old labs food when he leaves off a the nights this 6 month puppy is panting and breathing heavy till around 1.30 in the night. It is not hot in the house..its worried about his heavy breathing.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Home-made chicken rice is great actually. Also most dogs pant even though the ambient temperature might not seem that hot to humans. Not just temperature, stress and many other things also cause panting. Unless he does it abnormally all the time or every time after eating, i see nothing to worry about. If you think his panting is abnormal or heavier than usual only in recent times and previously he didn’t behave like this, take him to a vet.

  9. Veronica Nagle says:

    Thanks a lot for your prompt reply…will take him to the vet to be on the safe side…do you think his wt ie 25 kgs is ok ..he’s always hungry , playful and a bundle of mischief…absolutely spoilt by everyone at home…my 5 yr old is whisky and this lil boy is Scotch. Thanks n rgds

  10. Riya says:

    I have 2 months lab puppy as of now me giving him baby ceralac with oatmeal 4 times a day.. but he is not much healthy pls suggest me some good for him.

    • Loyal Petzone says:

      Cow milk cerelac is likely to cause problems. Start giving him starter dry food of any brand. No need to give cow milk. Milk derivatives are okay though.

  11. SUNIL SHARMA says:

    My lab is going to be 4 month old. I’m feeding him royal canin and home made food 4 times a day. He is looking skinny. Can I start feeding chicken at this age?

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