Health and Nutrition

Here at Red Barn Ranch and Labradors, LLC, we take a holistic, natural approach to raising our Labradors.

We believe that proper nutrition and rearing plays a vital role in reaching

our goal of producing physically and mentally sound puppies.

We feed a raw diet, make optimal use of vaccinations, and avoid chemical topical applications.

In addition to recommending feeding a raw diet, we also recommend products from the following companies:

Avidog, NuVet, and Volhard Dog Nutrition


Avidog Essentials offers many fine supplements, training, socialization and development equipment, and clean-up supplies. The supplements include: AVN ProBalance Canine Wellness Formula, AVN Artha-Pro, Geneflora, Ocu-Glow, and Grizzly Salmon Oil & Pollock Oil. Learn more about the Avidog Stores and their fine courses and products by clicking here.


NuVet offers the natural supplements NuVet Plus, NuJoint Plus, and NuJoint Plus DS. NuVet Plus is a natural supplement that strengthens pets’ developing immune, skeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. NuJoint Plus is a natural hip and joint supplement that rebuilds cartilage and expands mobility. To order or learn more about NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus click here.

Volhard Dog Nutrition

All of our Labradors puppies are weaned onto Volhard Dog Nutrition

Often copied, never successfully, Volhard natural dog foods and supplements are without doubt the most clinically tested. Wendy Volhard’s Natural Diet began the natural, raw food wave that has swept the country. Volhard Dog Nutrition offers NDF AM & NDF PM, NDF2, and a variety of supplements. Those supplement include: Digestive Enzymes, Endurance, Myristin, System Saver, and Vitamin B-Complex Powder.

When ordering, please use the order code SANDYSTOKES.

To place an order or to learn more about Volhard Dog Nutrition click the logo above.

 Our Thoughts On Vaccinations

As owners and breeders of Labrador Retrievers, we believe it is our responsibility to continually study all matters relating to the health of our dogs and puppies. Several years ago we noticed a pattern in our puppies. They developed bouts of diarrhea following each series of routine 5-way vaccinations. This led us to research vaccinations. Looking into vaccines and their side effects generated a great deal of information.

Vaccinations stress a dog’s immune system and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Some dogs experience allergic reactions ranging from mild hives to anaphylactic shock. Vaccines have the potential to cause hypersensitivity, auto-immune disorders, encephalitis, epilepsy, personality changes and brain disorders. Therefore, we make optimal use of vaccinations.

According to Dr. Ron Schultz, an immunology expert and professor and chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, giving a puppy vaccinations while it still has maternal antibodies is useless. Maternal antibodies block the vaccine and prevent immunity from being established. We make use of canine nomographs to determine the ideal time for our puppies to receive their parvovirus/distemper vaccinations. Our dams are tested through CAVIDS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. We provide our owners with strong recommendations for making optimal use of vaccinations for their puppies.

Read our blog post on the canine nomograph here. Or visit CAVIDS here to learn more.

Red Barn Ranch and Labradors, LLC

(540) 227-4111

1395 Mount Hammond Lane – Charles Town – WV – 25414

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