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Best Foods For Your Goldens, And What You Definitely Should NOT Feed Them

Best Foods For Your Goldens, And What You Definitely Should NOT Feed Them

Deciding what and how to feed your Golden retriever can be a little bit confusing considering there are so many options and very intense opinions on this topic. The best resource for deciding what to feed your golden retriever puppy is definitely your veterinarian, however, we do have some advice and useful tips for you as well.

But one thing is clear, a healthy diet is crucial for puppies and it’s definitely worth doing your research to find the right food for your pup.

Also, keep in mind, it’s not only important WHAT your Golden eats, but it’s also important HOW much you feed them.

Experts claim that the best Golden retriever puppy food has at least 22.5% protein (which comes from a high-quality source such as chicken or beef), at least 8.5% fat, and is made of quality ingredients by a reputable brand.

Avoid boutique, exotic ingredients, and grain-free foods because Golden retrievers are susceptible to heart problems and cancer.

Quality food

It’s true that many Goldens have lived healthy lives on Walmart brand pet foods, however feeding them high-quality food will stack the odds of them being healthy in their favor.

The benefits of feeding them a high-quality food are:

  • Healthy and beautiful fur
  • Healthy bones and joints
  • Healthy heart
  • Healthy digestive system
  • Healthy skin
  • Fewer allergies

What Makes Food “High-Quality”

Good quality dog food should have a mix of meat, grains, fruits, and vegetables, it’ll also have few preservatives, added sugar, salt, or artificial colors. The protein will come from readily available sources such as chicken or beef.

Make sure to choose a puppy food that is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). On the label, it will say “(Name of product) is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.” AAFCO has strict standards for dog food and decides whether or not it is suitable to be sold as advertised.

The Dangers Of BEG And Grain-Free Diets

In recent years DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) has increased in golden retrievers, and there seem to be two potential causes of this.

  1. Taurine deficiency
  2. Eating BEG (Boutique, exotic-ingredient, and grain-free) diets

So when choosing which food to feed your puppy, you may want to think twice before you decide to go grain-free.

How Much (And When) Should You Feed Your Golden Retriever Puppy

How much you feed your puppy depends on what your veterinarian says and what the label on the dog food says. It’s tough to make general statements like, “feed your puppy one cup per day,” because all puppies are different, and different foods have different caloric densities.

So when deciding how much to feed your puppy, read the label on your food and talk to your veterinarian to see what’s best for them.

As far as how often to feed your puppy, this same rule applies.

Most people feed their puppies three times per day, and then eventually transition to two times per day when they’re a little older.