Fresh Food for Irish Setters
Immediately recognizable thanks to their beautiful red coat, the Irish Setter is so much more than its looks. Bred as gun dogs, Irish setters are enthusiastic, athletic, and intelligent. Often called “rocket launchers” thanks to their ability to take running leaps and soar through the air, these dogs are best suited to families who are active and outdoorsy.
While Setters are eager to please, their stubborn streak and strong hunting instinct mean that early, consistent training and mental stimulation throughout their life are key. They will follow their instincts—and any interesting scents—where they lead, so they need to be leashed or in a fenced-in area when outside. And make sure they have plenty of people and other dogs to entertain—setters are truly outgoing and thrive in social situations.
A healthy diet of fresh food for your Setter is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with plenty of love, exercise, and attention.
What’s the best dog food for Irish Setters?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Irish Setter 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 Irish Setters
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Irish 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
Irish 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 Irish Setter.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Irish Setter'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 Irish 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 Irish 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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