Life Long Nutrition A Comparison of Dog Foods
This article discusses two foods in particular. For the puppy
stage, Eagle Pack Puppy food and for the adult stage, Royal
Canin Labrador Retriever
When deciding on the nutritional components that will
determine the diet of my pups it is important to recognize and
keep the following key factors at the forefront:
- The pups will mature quickly, meaning that they will need
the best diet possible to allow them to safely grow with the aid
of the necessary amounts of the 6 major nutrients present
- Starting at birth and lasting for the first 5-6 weeks of
life, my pups will need a high quality Colostrums based formula
due to them not being able to wean at birth. After researching
various formulas, I have selected the following:
This is a blend of New Life Colostrums (vital for the pups when
first born to stimulate body functions), glucosamine sulfate,
MSM, acetyl myristoleate, lipase enzyme, coated with beta-lipid.
- Helps increase bioavailability and absorption of nutrients
in the body and helps decrease the bioavailability of iron to
? MSM, a natural form of sulfur helps in the prevention of
free radical damage and helps support joint and cartilage
? Glucosamine sulfate contains sulfur, an element important to
the biochemical synthesis of connective tissue
? Cetyl myristoleate helps support joint and cartilage
function. It is paired with a lipase enzyme in order to help
increase its absorption and assimilation in the body
Due to the importance of Colostrums, below you will find a
detailed breakdown of the nutritional make up of this vital
component to my pup's healthy first few weeks of life.
Pure Colostrums Guaranteed Analysis and Nutritional
Lactose Monohydrate 15%
Half life 16 hours
(1x480 mg tablet mixed with 3-5oz of warm water three times
daily daily total = 1440mg)
Week Amount Daily Fed/Mg
1 3x480mg = 1440mg
2 3x480mg = 1440mg
3 3x480mg = 1440mg
4 3x480mg = 1440mg
5 3x480mg = 1440mg
Some believe that proper Colostrums supplementation should
consist of more than what is stated above, however, this is just
opinion, and there is no evidence that proves this theory.
- The Structural Growth period (0 to 18 months) is the most
important stage of the development of my pups meaning that during
this phase of their lives, it is crucial for them to consume high
quality premium or home prepared food.
- Along with my formula, I will be eventually feeding my pups
a premium puppy food up until they are 15 to 16 months of age,
(Eagle Pack Large/Giant Formula) which upon my research, appeared
to be the best suited to the needs of my Labrador pups.
When considering a puppy food, one must take into account the
quality of ingredients, and what these ingredients mean to the
growth of my pups. For my pups to thrive, they need and will
receive the best possible ingredients which when combined will
produce an optimum food to enable them to grow safely, and
consistently in regards to their breed specifications.
Eagle Pack Analysis
The Eagle Pack puppy food I chose has in my opinion the best
combination of ingredients for consumption by my pups. Some of
the key ingredients include:
- 7 skin and coat conditioners consisting of; chicken fat,
flax seed, avocado oil, herring meal, lecithin, vitamin E, and
biotin. This is a rare combination and is only found in top
quality puppy formula. The main purpose of these conditioners is
to allow for a nice shiny healthy coat with healthy skin
- Premium chicken meal, rice, and herring meal provide great
taste as well as extra protein and fat which allow for a great
foundation for growth In order to show the extensive process of
creating a high calorie-quality puppy food, below is the entire
ingredient list with the above key ingredients included:
Chicken meal, brown rice, ground rice, rice bran, chicken fat
(preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid), flax seed,
dehydrated alfalfa meal, avocado oil, herring meal, lecithin,
brewers dried yeast, natural flavoring, monosodium phosphate,
choline chloride, rosemary extract, sage extract, ferrous
sulfate, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), zinc
oxide, sodium selenite, manganous oxide, riboflavin supplement
(source of vitamin B complex), copper sulfate, zinc methionine,
iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, cobalt
proteinate, niacin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A supplement
calcium pantothenate, d-biotin supplement, pyridoxine
hydrochloride (vitamin B6), calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate
(source of vitamin B1), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement,
bromelain, papain, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation product,
dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation product. Advantages
- Like most specific puppy formulated food, Eagle Pack's Puppy
Formula is designed for optimum growth. With high protein,
nutrient and fat content, the building blocks for continued
growth are present and I would expect my pups to do very well
while consuming this product
- Low stool volume is a big advantage and is strictly due to
the chicken meal and rice formula allowing for better
digestibility, which in turn, allows for more nutrients and
vitamins to be absorbed by the puppies
- Palatability is maintained by the presence of vitamin E and
C, meaning that no preservatives are used
- Eagle Pack Puppy Formula is pressure cooked to ensure that
the highest nutrient and vitamin level is present
Crude Protein 26%
Crude Fat 16%
Crude Fibre 4%
At approximately 5 weeks of age, I will start reducing the
"Artho" and introducing my puppies to the "Eagle Pack" kibble
mushed in warm water.
Week/Month Daily Amount Daily Caloric Intake
5-6 wks of life 2x ¼ cup 188
7 wks of life 2x ½ cup 372
8 wks of life = 2 months 2x ¾ cup 564
10 wks of life 2x 1/1 cup 744
12 wks of life = 3 months 2x1 ¼ cup 838
16 wks of life = 4 months 2x1 ¼ cup 838
20 wks of life = 5 months 2x1 ½ 932
24 wks of age = 6 months 2x1 ¾ 1308
24 wks of life-36 wks of life= 9 months of life 2x2 cup 1488
36 wks of life-48 wks of life = 12 months 2x2 cup 1488
12 months of life-14 months of life 2x2 cup 1488
Weeks of Life Pup Food Ration, Adult Food Ration
Total Daily Ration
57 wks of life = 14 ¼ months 75%, 25% 100%
58 wks of life = 14 ½ months 50%, 50% 100%
59 wks of life = 14 ¾ months 25%, 75% 100%
60 wks of life = 15 months 0%, 100% 100%
Now that phase two of my nutrition plan is complete, I need to
move to phase three, which is the adult phase of life. I have
always been a believer in the commonly used phrase, "you are what
you eat" and with this in mind, I have researched the wide
selection of adult dog food found on today's' market and in doing
so have come across a company that goes the extra mile in regards
to their research, dedication, and determination to provide the
best adult dog food on the market.
Royal Canin, a dog food manufacturer based in Europe, stands
head and shoulders above all other food manufacturers based on
their track record, attention to detail, testimonials, and their
determination to provide the best diet possible for any given
breed. Yes, this company has started to provide specific diets
for specific breeds based on the differing needs that different
Knowing this fact, made it impossible for me not to choose
this manufacturer to provide my Labrador with a life long healthy
diet. Labrador Retriever 30? Formula coupled with love an all the
affection I can give, will provide my Labrador the optimum
foundation for a long healthy mischievous life. (I can't
Labrador Retriever 30? Formula
Unlike other similarly sized dogs, the Labrador tends to have
less muscle mass, and an ability to gain weight just by looking
at the food dish. When you combine the "Labrador beg" which
usually wins him something from the human supper table, with the
lazy metabolism and chronic greed of the Labrador, you get the
"porky Labrador." This obviously is bad news and can promote
numerous disease factors such as bloat, obesity, poor joints,
etc. Taking all these factors into account, Royal Canin set out
to develop a specifically formulated food for the Labrador
retriever. They determined that by Promoting high protein and low
fat, the Labrador would receive the building blocks to a well
balanced diet and would be most likely to hold a proper
bodyweight in relation to their specific height and activity
Chicken meal, brown rice, corn gluten, oatmeal, barley, brewers
rice, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols),
natural chicken flavor, beet pulp (sugar removed), cellulose,
fish oil, zeolite, soya oil, potassium chloride, sodium
tripolyphosphate, salt, choline chloride, chicory extract, borage
oil, taurine, calcium carbonate, inositol, niacin supplement,
vitamin E supplement, L-carnitine, glucosamine hydrochloride,
ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), chondroitin sulfate, calcium
pantothenate, marigold extract, tyrosine, zinc oxide, pyridoxine
hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), rosemary extract, thiamine
mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (source
of vitamin B2), zinc proteinate, iron sulfate, manganous oxide,
vitamin A supplement, manganese proteinate, folic acid, copper
sulfate, copper proteinate, biotin, calcium iodate, vitamin D3
supplement, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement.
Guaranteed Analysis, Feeding Method
Crude Protein 30%
Crude Fat 13%
Crude Fibre 5.7%
Vitamin E 600mg/kg
Vitamin C 300mg/kg
Feeding Method Calories Per Cup
Portion Controlled 293
Amount Fed Daily Calorie Intake
2x 3 cup 879x2 = 1758
- Contains numerous skin and coat conditioners to help
maintain a nice healthy shiny coat
- Contains antioxidants such as glucosamine and chondroitin to
aid in joint maintenance
- Contains taurine which has been proven to aid in heart
- A high protein level allows for muscle mass maintenance
- Specific components when combined together have been proven
to slow down the aging process. Some of these include; vitamins C
and E, taurine, zinc, selenium, chondroitin, and other
- Meets all standards provided by the Association of American
Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
The final stage of my nutrition plan is based on the
nutritional requirements for my dog when he becomes a senior.
(9-10 years of age) Although we do not like thinking of our dogs
one day becoming seniors, getting old is one of life's few
guarantees and it is because of this fact that we need to look
out for the well being of our pets when they reach this point of
After researching the hundreds of possible senior based dog
foods, I have decided to keep my Labrador on the Labrador
Retriever 30? Formula. I have decided this because this food has
all the necessary components that senior dogs need and I feel
that my Labrador will do very well on this food in his elder
years. Also by not switching food, I avoid the potential of
temporary setbacks during the transition from adult to senior
- We all know that as dogs get older, they tend to spend more
of their time sprawled on the couch: therefore, by feeding my
couch potato Labrador Retriever 30? Formula, his fat intake will
remain low and his protein intake will remain high to help him
retain his muscle mass
- Joint protection will be aided by the presence of
glucosamine and chondroitin
- In order to aid the digestive tract chicory extract has been
added to help regulate this vital body system.
(fructo-oligosaccharides) Has your dog been a really good boy
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