Fresh Food for Cocker Spaniels
Their fame may have skyrocketed thanks to “Lady and the Tramp,” but cocker spaniels had a long history before appearing in that Disney classic. Originally bred to hunt birds, the cocker spaniel (named for a common quarry, the woodcock) emerged from the spaniel family around the turn of the 19th century. Today, with their sweet, people-centric nature, endearing ears, and gorgeous coats, they are known as one of the most popular companion breeds. Cocker spaniel owners should keep that sporting background in mind, though, and ensure their beautiful friend gets ample exercise, training and socialization. And they should be sure to make time for grooming—those silky coats need regular brushing to keep matting at bay.
A diet of fresh dog food for your cocker spaniel is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and someone with whom to reenact scenes from “Lady and the Tramp.”
What’s the best dog food for cocker spaniels?
A diet of fresh dog food for your cocker spaniel 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 Cocker Spaniels
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Cocker Spaniels’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
Cocker spaniels 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 cocker spaniel.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your cocker spaniel'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 cocker spaniels 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 cocker spaniel'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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