Fresh Food for Basenjis
Famous for being dogs that “do not bark,” but Basenjis do vocalize—often releasing a warbly, howl-like sound their humans call a “yodel.” Basenjis are often compared to cats, due to their tendency for independence and self-grooming. They have tons of energy, a keen intelligence, and a powerful prey drive, so any person living with one should be ready to provide plenty of training, physical exercise, and mental stimulation. A bored basenji will likely become destructive. Raising a basenji requires patience and kindness—while they are smart, they often have their own goals in mind and can be challenging to train.
A diet of fresh dog food for your Basenji is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with a loving family, regular vet care, and lots of room and time to romp.
What’s the best dog food for Basenjis?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Basenji 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 Basenjis
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Basenjis’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
Basenjis 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 Basenji.
Provide nutrients that can reduce the odds of cancer
There’s no sure way to eliminate the risk of cancer, but there are things you can do to give your Basenji the best chance at more healthy years: Keep them lean, avoid heavily processed foods that may contain preservatives and carcinogens, and feed them a fresh diet that can help reduce inflammation. Dietary antioxidants—like those found in fresh vegetables— are
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like Basenjis, who may be prone to dental disease, don’t look to a dried pellet to clean teeth. Kibble is an ultra-processed food—it sticks to teeth, contributing to plaque, and it can contain substances that actually fuel inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the mouth. Eating for dental health means eating for overall health. A fresh, whole-food diet promotes a healthier immune system, which helps ward off dental infections—and it doesn’t stick to teeth.
Know what’s in the bowl
For Basenjis 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.
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