Fresh Food for Akitas
With their powerful build and confident air, the Akita can cut an intimidating figure. The breed dates back to 17th century Japan, where they were employed as guardians, and hunters of boar and bear. But Akitas are also beloved today for being devoted, affectionate companions. They are famous for their loyalty—Hachiko, the Akita who waited for his deceased owner at the train station for years, has inspired monuments and movies. As with many naturally protective breeds, Akitas require an equally devoted owner who will spend time on socialization and ongoing training to channel the big dog’s intelligence and energy. Prospective owners should also ensure that Akita’s tendency to “mouthiness” is directed at appropriate items, and not hands and arms.
A diet of fresh dog food for your Akita is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and a loving family to watch over.
What’s the best dog food for Akitas?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Akita contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Akitas
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Akitas’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Akita are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your Akita.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Akita's health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For Akitas with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your Akita's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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