Some silver labs can have sensitive coats. For this reason, we find we get the best quality coats when one of the parents has a traditional coat color.
To minimize the possibility of skin issues, we recommend feeding your silver labs a lamb or fish-based dog food, as well as staying on the Nuvet Vitamin for life. Chicken based food is not recommended for silver labradors.
Salmon oil can also be added to your puppy's diet at around 3 months of age.
Melatonin has been proven to decrease shedding and can be started at 6 months of age. The routine dosage is usually 3 to 6 mg per day. Higher doses can be used for extreme hair loss but consulting a veterinarian is advised.
Coconut oil can be applied to dry skin but be aware; some dogs love the taste which can lead to more hair loss caused by licking off the product.
Health and Wellness
It is very important to keep your puppy safe from exposure to parasites and disease while their immune system is maturing, and the recommended "wait period" is 18 weeks of age. All puppies receive their first vaccine at 6 weeks of age. Puppies are ready for new homes at around 8 weeks of age. All puppies will be due for their 2nd vaccine at 9 weeks of age from your veterinarian. Please plan in advance and schedule your vet appointment prior to pick up time to ensure your vaccines stay on schedule.
We feed and recommend Diamond Naturals Dog Food, but other premium large breed puppy food options are available. Corn based foods are not recommended.
Our puppies are trained to use litter boxes while at our home. Once you have decided what potty-training practice is going to work best for you be consistent. Keep in mind that it is not possible, or practical, to assume a puppy can completely control their bladder or bowels until around 6 months of age.
The general rule for a puppy is that they can hold their bladder for 1 hour for each month of age.
Crate training your dog is highly encouraged for their own safety if they will be left unattended in the home.