What are the optimal levels for fat and protein for a lab to maintain good health?
I ask as some foods are much higher in fat and protein than others . A lot of hypoallergenic foods are lower in protein and fat than say a maintenance diet.
Depends on the dog
My adult labs are on a 30/20 food. My puppy and jrt are on a 26/16 food. Everyone is very active.
What are you currently feeding? If it's not working for your dog, what exactly is going on?
~Nicole<br />Grand Ledge, MI<br /><br />
Oh, I just wondered. I am feeding my lab Pro Plan which is 25 protein and 15 fat. But so many of the hypo diets are so much lower.
What a copout. :POriginally Posted by JacksAndLabs
No, I agree...there is no magic formula. It depends on activity level, metabolism, genes, all kinds of variables. Through pure trial and error, I've found Jes does well on 25% + protein foods, his current food is 26/15...it seems likes much lower and he starts getting dandruff in the winter and his coat just doesn't look as good.
Oh, what other symptoms could be caused from a diet either low in protein or fat for a lab?? My lab has dandruff in the winter too. Thanks
Winter dandruff may or may not be a symptom of dietary deficiencies...lots of dogs that look perfectly healthy develop a little dandruff once we fire up our furnaces and dry out the air. However, I think it play at least a small roll in Jes's because it is lessened on a higher protein food.
The skin of a dog uses up about 30% of the dog's dietary protein for maintenance, so sometimes a deficiency in protein manifests itself in a poor coat (dry, shedding, too harsh) and dry/flaky skin. I don't know what other symptoms can show up, maybe someone else with more knowledge can help you there.