Fresh Food for Rat Terriers
Feisty, energetic, loving, stubborn—rat terriers are true terriers in name and personality. As the story goes, Teddy Roosevelt named this American breed for their ability to hunt vermin quickly and effectively.
And with their distinct tall ears, muscular, compact bodies, and pied coats, they’re instantly recognizable. Don’t, however, let their diminutive size fool you. These highly intelligent terriers require plenty of mental and physical exercise to be happy and well-adjusted, or else they’ll turn to destructive behaviors such as digging and chewing to get the stimulation they need. In fact, rat terriers are even known as adept escape artists, so don’t leave them unattended for too long.
A healthy diet of fresh food for your rat terrier is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with lots of affection and exercise.
What’s the best dog food for rat terriers?
A diet of fresh dog food for your rat terrier 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 Rat Terriers
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Rat Terriers’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
Rat terriers 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 rat terrier.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like rat terriers, 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 rat terriers 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 rat terrier'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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