“My puppy is healthy and is just growing right,” said no pet parent ever! Even if you have always had a pet, you would feel at least a bit of stress for your puppy’s growth and general health. Labrador Retrievers tend to gain more weight and appear bulky, thus, this belief is also imposed on their younger counterparts. But is that right to generalize dogs? Read on to understand your Lab pupper’s growth trend and general health.
What is a good weight for a Labrador?
Hi there, paranoid puppy parent! If you are worried about the growth issues of your Labrador puppy, then you must understand that every individual dog grows differently. Moreover, there are various factors that determine the overall health and weight gain in Labrador puppies. From the breed, genes, to fostering atmosphere, the list is really long. Pet parents can refer to this average weight chart below, which is a rough guide to know if their pets are over or underweight. Also, it is important to look at the overall health of the dog, and not only rely on the weight to conclude whether your Labrador is healthy, obese, or underweight. Just like humans, if your dog is quite fit with good muscle mass, he or she even weight more than a dog with less muscles mass and more body fat.
How to tell that my Labrador is healthy weight?
Regular exercise, balanced diet, and mental stimulation, are the three most important things to take care while raising a dog. The best way to find out if your Labrador is of healthy weight is not the weighing scale. Yes! It is by judging their overall wellbeing and by the look and feel. Veterinarians suggest that your labrador’s ribs must not be visible; however, you must feel them if you press on the sides. If you cant feel the ribs, it is an alarm bell to make your dog lose some extra pounds.
When Do Labrador Puppies Stop Growing?
It is common for new pet parents to worry about their new puppies. While some believe their puppies are too small for their age, others cant wait for them to grow up. In the case of former, it is always advised that you bring home a puppy not younger than 6 weeks old. These 6 weeks are crucial for their development and protection from various diseases as they feed on their mother’s milk. If you rehome a puppy that is younger than that, you will need to ensure its proper care and nutrition under constant guidance by your vet.
A rough rule regarding Labrador puppy growth is a new kilo added every week to their body weight! It is not a rule of thumb and any dog not falling in this category may still be absolutely healthy and normal. Generally, Labrador dogs attain their adult size when they are about a year old. This logic holds no scientific backing, but a good amount of research and anecdotal evidence. Hence, there is no point to worry even if your dog is defying these averages. It is important to understand that even though Labrador puppies are almost fully grown by their first birthdays, they may still be getting fatter.
when labradors stop growing?
One important milestone in Labrador puppy growth is the age of six months. Around this time, they gain weight at a much slower pace than before. From this time until about 1 year of age, they gain a little height and body mass. At this age, many dogs have attained fully developed bones and strong joints. They can now be involved in longer walks and much of jumping around. Like its already stressed on, every dog is different and may exhibit a unique growth pattern. A 20 per cent variation from the averages is considered absolutely fine ranges too. As a pet parent, you can ensure a healthy and safe atmosphere for your dog. However, you cannot place accurate predictions to their adulthood sizes, weight, or even temperament. you can ensure a healthy and safe atmosphere for your dog. However, you cannot place accurate predictions to their adulthood sizes, weight, or even temperament. You can simply continue taking good care of them and they will love you with all their might.
Why Labradors get Fat?
Labrador Retrievers are not only loving and playful, but are also very intelligent. This makes them easy to train. Labradors are motivated with food as a reward in the process of training. It is thus a vicious circle. The same treat that can help you in training your Labrador can also make him fatter. Obesity in dogs is dangerous. Heavy weight dogs not only are more prone to several bone problems, but also to various chronic diseases including diabetes.
Labrador pet parents are often found saying that their dogs literally live to eat. Well, we blame it on their genes. A study on over 300 dogs of this breed attempted to understand their genes related to obesity in dogs. With additional information such as the dogs’ behaviour vis-à-vis food, the researchers found the POMC gene that directly related appetite, weight gain and obesity in Labrador Retrievers. This gene also controls the brain’s perception of hunger after a meal. Extensive researches are still being carried out to understand more about POMC. It can be an important element in dogs’ healthcare and well being.
As a parent of a Labrador, you must ensure healthy snacking habits, including during the time of training. Also, Labradors love to play, so why not add some more exercise to their routine!
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