If you are new dog owner, especially a Labrador owner, you will be will quite anxious to know how to take care of your little bundle of joy and also its life expectancy. So here is some information caring for a Labrador Retriever.
The life span of a healthy Labrador is anything between 10 to 13 years. Some Labradors also live up to the age of 14. You may have noticed that I used to word healthy Labradors. This is because Labradors can be prone to diseases. Some of them inherit the diseased genes from their parents, so there is nothing much you can do about it except take good care of them. These dogs usually don’t live quite long. But some Labradors are quite healthy and there are certain things that you can do take care of their general well being
Labradors are gluttons and will gobble just anything and everything. They have strong teeth, so there is always a strong possibility of them eating their chew toys, which could prove fatal for them. Labradors are also susceptible to urinary tract infections and certain digestive problems. To prevent them from eating rubbish, feed them at least twice a day. Include milk in their diet as they require lots of calcium. Feed them meat regularly and sometimes add in a few vegetables. Give them a spoonful of cod liver oil every week as it will keep their coats glossy. If you want to feed your Labradors a good diet, raw pet food available in stores. Always buy good quality food.
Labradors need lots of exercise to keep fit. Take them for long walks in the parks, but don’t overdo it. Take them to the vet at least twice a year for a complete checkup. A simple routine of brushing its hair, at least thrice a week should keep its coat clean. You can slightly dampen the brush so that their hair does not fly all over the place. Giving it a bath once a week will suffice. Invest in a good quality shampoo for your dog, to keep its coat looking at its lustrous best. When you puppy is 1 month old, start brushing its teeth, to keep them clean. Lastly, love and play with them and allow them to socialize with other people as well as other dogs.