Fresh Food for Norwegian Elkhounds
One of Europe’s oldest dog breeds, the Norwegian elkhound’s ancestry can be traced back a thousand years to Norway, where they hunted moose and worked as guard dogs. These active, alert dogs thrive in the snow and cold, and they are hardy companions who will happily accompany you on all of your outdoor adventures. Standing 19 to 21 inches tall with an average weight of 48 to 55 pounds, Norwegian elkhounds are thick-coated, shed A LOT during shedding season, and require regular brushing. If you can’t handle dog hair on your furniture, you might want to consider another breed.
What’s the best dog food for Norwegian elkhounds?
A diet of fresh food for your Norwegian elkhound is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with lots of daily exercise, regular vet care, and dedication to brushing their thick coats.
Why fresh is best for your Norwegian Elkhounds
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Norwegian Elkhounds’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
Norwegian elkhounds 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 Norwegian elkhound.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Norwegian elkhound’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 Norwegian elkhounds 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 Norwegian elkhound’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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