Labrador are considered as an ideal family dog and is among one of the most popular dogs breeds.They tend to be healthy, gentle, playful, and energetic. However, some needs of Labradors are different from other dog breeds. It’s really important to understand these few basic points on how to take care of Labrador:
Specific Food & Nutrition:
Labrador’s dietary requirements vary with age, size and activity level. For better guidance about food requirement you can consult our vet and choose brand and food that suits your dog the most. You need to feed your Labrador twice a day if she is over 6 months and in case she is younger than six months you need to feed her three to four times a day.
Read the box or bag of dog food to find out how much food is recommended for your dog’s weight and choose from best dog food available in Pakistan and split up that amount into two, three, or four meals.Overeating may lead to bone and joint abnormalities Check your lab’s rib bones,if you cannot feel them it indicates that you are overfeeding your lab and if ribs are clearly visible and prominent you aren’t feeding your dog enough.
Make sure you don’t switch her too quickly, as that will result in stomach upset, diarrhoea and vomiting.If you want to change food because of any reasons, start by feeding her a combination of 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new food and gradually increase the amount of new food.Also make sure that the food you are providing to your dog is original and authentic and you can also order from the best online pet store in Pakistan. Wash out her bowls each day and change the water if it gets dirty in between washing.
Grooming and Cleaning:
Spot clean your dog regularly using wet wipes or damp cloth (Do not use baby wipes as they contain chemicals). A Labrador has a thick, water-resistant outer fur and does not need frequent baths.Don’t bathe your Labrador more than three to four times a year. Use shampoo designed for the Labrador and rub the shampoo into his fur.
Do not use shampoo on his ears or face you can wipe them with a wet cloth and rinse the shampoo well.Use a towel to dry your dog. Use a bristle brush to comb your lab’s hair and fur and trip their nails regularly using a dog nail trimmer.Clean ears to avoid the accumulation of wax and debris as lab’s ears are more prone to infection. Above mention all the accessories are available at petshub.pk you can visit and buy the best dog accessories in pakistan
You may use specialised dog’s ear cleaner but avoid Q-tips as they damage the ear canal.Use a dog toothbrush and paste to clean your lab’s teeth regularly. Maintain your lab’s hygiene to prevent infections and diseases.
Introduce your dog to new people, places and environment. Start socializing from home. Take them to parks, beaches and other pet’s friendly places with you. Labradors fear new people, dogs and places hence its important to teach them socializing.
How to handle Labrador:
A few points that you need to keep in mind while dealing with your Labrador:
- Give long strokes and pat your Labrador in the direction of hair growth. Do not pat on the head, it will make them aggressive.
- Do not hug your lab around the neck or put hands around its face. Let your lab rest in your lap or on your chest.
Your Labrador retriever will likely live between 10 and 12 years so try to take care of him as much as you can and get your lab checked regularly by a qualified vet and get all the vaccinations done on time and he will be a friendly and loyal friend to you.