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Your Goldie Feeding Guide

Your Goldie Feeding Guide

If you have questions about feeding a golden retriever puppy, you are in the right place.

Transitioning to a New Puppy Food (or to Adult Food)

Feeding a golden retriever puppy typically starts with continuing to feed the food your breeder or the rescue center has been feeding.

Even if you ultimately want to change your puppy’s food, veterinarians and breeders typically agree it is best to wait about a month before starting the food transition. This will give your new puppy time to adjust to the move and being away from mom and littermates for the first time.

When you do begin a desired food transition, whether to a new puppy food or to your dog’s adult food.

Plan it over a week’s time, gradually feeding more of the new food and less of the old so your pup’s digestive system has time to adjust.

Ask Your Veterinarian for Puppy Feeding Guidance

You will probably think how will you ever figure out which food is best for your new puppy?

We strongly recommend involving your veterinarian in the selection process.

With so many different brands and formulas available for puppy owners today, it can feel nearly impossible to choose the best puppy food for golden retrievers on your own.

What to Feed My Golden Retriever Puppy

Feeding Your Puppy on Kibble

Commercial puppy dry kibble is still the most common choice puppy owners make. If you choose this option, you want to look for a puppy food that advertises two things:

It is a puppy formula.

It offers “complete and balanced nutrition.”

Many golden retriever breeders also advise seeking out a meat/protein meal kibble versus a chow kibble.

Protein or meal kibble will have protein as the first few ingredients (ex. chicken meal, meat, bone meal).

Chow kibble will list grains or cereals (ex. corn, wheat, soy) as the first few ingredients.

What Should You Add to Kibble (Wet Food)

In most cases, wet puppy food is not designed to provide “complete and balanced nutrition” in the same way as with dry kibble puppy food.

However, there can be some cases where feeding wet puppy food is advisable, either as a kibble topper or on its own.

One such case might be if your puppy is recovering from an illness or a procedure and doesn’t have much appetite.

Wet food is quite palatable

Wet food can also add more moisture to your puppy’s diet to make sure she stays well-hydrated.

Wet puppy food can be a tasty treat to liven up mealtimes.

You can also add scraps such as meat, scrambled organic eggs, organic vegetables and fruits, canned pumpkin for healthy digestion, or probiotics such as yogurt.

Feeding Your Puppy a Raw (BARF) Diet

Some breeders, veterinarians and puppy owners swear by a raw food diet right from puppyhood.

It is important to be meticulous about sanitation, both for you and your family’s safety and for your puppy’s health.

-If this is your first time feeding your golden retriever a raw diet, here are some helpful raw food safety tips from breeders:

Leave the food out for 15 minutes only. If your puppy doesn’t eat it, refrigerate it until the next meal.

Feed in the same enclosed area (such as in the kennel or crate) every time so you can keep kids and other pets away from the raw meal.

Always clean up right away with a safe sanitizer like white vinegar and water.

Freeze the raw protein for at least 10 to 14 days prior to feeding.

Only thaw partially prior to feeding (reduces the risk of parasites or bacteria).

Throw out thawed, refrigerated, raw meats after two days in the fridge.

Feeding Your Puppy a Homemade Diet

While they might sound very similar, the BARF (raw) diet is not the same as the homemade diet, which is typically a cooked human food diet.

Here, you simply must work closely with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy is receiving sufficient nutrients.

Including the right calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, which is critical for bone growth and skeletal development.

How Much Should I Feed My Golden Retriever Puppy

You have two options for how to feed golden retriever puppy food: free-feeding or timed meals.