The tiny Labradoodle can be an extremely picky eater. And it does need a lot of nutrients to grow up. But are you giving your pup the nutrition that it needs? Check the pointers to determine.
Need for Protein
Protein, as a source of tissue repair and muscle building, needs no introduction. Animal protein is essential for Labradoodles. So even when you are buying dog foods, check whether your chosen brand is fortified with different types of animal protein. Include a lot of fish, meat and eggs in its daily diet.
You can see that many pet stores are stocking of ‘vegetarian’ dog foods, where they claim to fortify kit with plant protein, such as peas, corns and lentils. However, very few breeds of dog seem to utilize plant protein well in their system.
Fat for Energy
Your labradoodle would need healthy fat for energy, and also make the fat-soluble vitamins work well in its body. While choosing a source of fat for your pet, go for the ‘named fat’ instead of ‘generic fats’. For example:
“Beef fat” is a better option for a commercial dog food that reads ‘animal fat’ in its list of ingredients.
Fish oil, such as salmon oil is a better choice than conventional plant oil
Your labradoodle will need a little bit of carbohydrate to feel fuller for a longer time. You can choose from a selected variety of carbohydrate-rich foods and serve them in a small amount. Consider picking from the following:
- Bit pulp
A Bonus Recipe
Here’s the recipe for Millet, Lamb and Squash stew, an easy to make nutritious preparation that your labradoodle would love.
You will need:
- 500g lamb
- 500 ml lamb stock, unsalted
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- 80 gms millet
- 250 gms of peeled and sliced squash
- Two sprigs of mint
- A garlic clove
- 100 gms of fresh or frozen peas
- Warm olive oil in your saucepan and add the lamb. Cook for 5 minutes, string occasionally.
- Lower the heat, and add garlic.
- Add millet, peas and squash to cook until the meat is tender.
- Remove from heat and stir in the mint.
- Cool before serving.
- You can also slow cook this preparation. Once cooked, you can keep it good for 3-4 days under refrigeration.