Fresh Food for English Setters
Developed as hunting dogs in England—the “setter” part of the name refers to the crouching position they take when they spot game—English setters are sporty, friendly and easygoing. Varying in size, they stand anywhere from 23 to 27 inches tall, weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. Their coats—uniquely speckled—grow longer and feathery in different areas of the body, from their ears to the back of their legs. While they make great all-round companions and can get along just fine in homes with children and other canines, these high-energy dogs need vigorous exercise and play—they’d be happy to join in an active family’s hikes or other outdoor activity.
What’s the best dog food for English setters?
A diet of fresh food for your English setter is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with A LOT of daily exercise, regular vet care, and a loving family to run around with.
Why fresh is best for your English Setters
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your English Setters’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
English setters 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 English setter.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like English setters, 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 English setters 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 English setter’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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