December 14, 2017

What To Feed Your Golden Retriever. A Dog Food Comparison

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Feeding your Retriever can be a little tricky. These dogs just love to eat, and given the opportunity would eat all day. I am positive that if my Golden Retriever could speak she would be permanently saying “I’m hungry” and “What’s for dinner?”. The upside to having a perpetually hungry dog is that they are very receptive to being trained with healthy food treats. The downside is those large brown eyes always imploring you for more food. Golden Retrievers are not fussy eaters but this should not sway you into thinking that they can live healthily on any old thing. Read on for a dog food comparison on the various options for your Golden Retriever.

Various dog food options.

There are many articles out there on what to feed your Golden Retriever. Let’s not forget that these dogs once fended for themselves quite successfully in the wild, without the benefits of a veterinary. By all means feed your dog a quality diet, just use a little common sense.

* Left overs.

Our female Golden Retriever is 9, weighs 28 kilograms, or 61 pounds, and is in perfect health. Strangers and vets alike, remark on her beautiful coat, condition and health. We feed her the way our vet recommended when she was younger. Her diet consists of all the leftovers (except chocolate as that is poisonous for dogs) all sorts of offals, weet bix, steamed vegetables, pasta, brown rice, water, and the occasional egg. She has never been fed a can of commercial dog food. We also give her the water that steamed our vegetables as part of her meal. Occasionally, when there are no leftovers she will have kibble. We also give her porridge in winter as breakfast, made with water. The only food she doesn’t tolerate is too much milk, this tends to result in diarrhea.

* Kibble.

Although we rarely feed our dog kibble, my childhood dog was fed kibble pretty much its entire life. That particular dog lived to be 18. Some kibbles can have a high salt content, making your dog ridiculously thirsty. Care should be taken when feeding your dog kibble as when the kibble gets wet it will swell. Feeding your dog a huge quantity of kibble in one sitting can result in a lot of swollen kibble in its belly. Many experts state that kibble should always be moistened with water before feeding to your dog. This will minimize swelling problems, and make it easier for your dog to swallow.

* Specific vet dog foods.

Vet foods can be costly, but for the dog with food allergies and various medical conditions these may well present the only option. These foods do contain the correct nutritional requirements for dogs of all ages and stages. If your vet has a good reason to recommend these types of foods, listen to his recommendations, and then possibly do your own research. Perhaps you can home cook the food that your dog medically requires yourself?

* Bloat.

Bloat is a term used to describe a painful, and potentially fatal, condition which can occur in Golden Retrievers and Retrievers. Bloat occurs more often in male dogs, and Retrievers are susceptible. Bloat is caused by too much gas or fluid in the stomach. The stomach swells and can then twist on itself. Bloat is more common in dogs who are fed kibble and allowed to drink a lot of water afterwards. Many experts recommend two smaller meals per day instead of one big meal to minimize the chances of this occurring.

Dietary Requirements.

It is important to note that no matter what you feed your dog, that Golden Retrievers and Retrievers tend to swallow their food whole. Try not to give them huge chunks of anything in their food bowl as they may end up vomiting it back up.

* Appearance.

The best guide to whether you are feeding your dog too much or too little is their appearance. If you can see their ribs, they could do with a little more. If you can’t see their waist they could do with a little less. If you are unsure, ask your vet or breeder for advice.

* Activity levels.

The dietary requirements of Golden Retrievers can fluctuate dramatically. The more active the dog, the more it will need to eat. As dogs age they tend to require a little less food. Your dog may also need to eat more in winter than summer if your dog is exposed to a cold climate.

* Snacks.

Just as with humans, the calories in those snacks count. If your dog is looking a little porky think about all the extras the dog may be eating in a day. Cut the snacks out first and you may be surprised at how fast your dog regains his physique. Snacks can be a great training tool, so it is best to calculate their worth and make allowances for them in the meals. (Keep the training snacks and feed a little less at dinner.)


Golden Retrievers are not fussy eaters and will eat anything in huge quantities, if allowed. The dietary requirement of your dog can be dramatically effected by the amount of activity your dog engages in. The best gauge on how much to feed your Golden Retriever is to literally keep an eye on their waistline. A healthy well fed Golden Retriever will have plenty of energy, a beautiful coat, and a waistline that is visible.

About The Author:

Carson Burnett is a retriever owner and website publisher. For great facts on Golden Retrievers, what the best food for Golden Retrievers is and information about Golden Retrievers breeders be sure to visit his website

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