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An ideal recovery diet is:
High in protein to support maintenance of lean body mass
High in energy, as your dog will have very little appetite and significantly increased metabolic rate. This means food should be rich in energy so that even small amounts can provide the energy needed
High in fat and protein, which will mean lower carbohydrates as recovering dogs will be insulin resistant
Highly digestible ingredients as they may not absorb nutrients as well as normal
Tasty and attractive to your dog – to encourage your dog to eat.
Labrador Retrievers are good-natured, active and affectionate to all. They are intelligent dogs and easily trained, with members of the breed frequently chosen to become assistance or search dogs.
The ROYAL CANIN® Labrador Retriever kibble has been specifically designed for the Labrador’s rapid food intake. The kibble’s unique texture and shape helps reduce the rate of food they eat, encourages proper chewing habits that aid digestion and helps them to breathe when their mouths are full.
Regarding calcium levels: For canine growth diets, AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) has established calcium levels of 1% minimum to 2.5% maximum, for both growth and maintenance. The NRC’s (National Research Council) recommended allowance for growing puppies is 1.2% minimum to 1.8% maximum.
Ice cream isn’t a dog-friendly food, but vanilla ice cream might be the safest flavor to share with your dog. First, keep in mind that some dogs are lactose intolerant and should never have ice cream. Second, most ice cream is loaded with sugar, which dogs absolutely don’t need in their diet.