Fresh Food for Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Named for a “ridge” of hair on their backs that grows against the grain of the rest of their coat, Rhodesian ridgebacks descend from big-game hunters who helped humans take on lions in Africa. They remain independent thinkers and fast runners with a strong prey drive. They require a lot of dedication from their humans in the form of daily training, physical fitness, and quality time. But if their needs are met, they are extremely affectionate, protective pups who are also great with well-behaved children who follow proper dog etiquette.
A diet of fresh dog food for your Rhodesian ridgeback is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and a family they love and trust.
What’s the best dog food for Rhodesian ridgebacks?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Rhodesian ridgeback 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 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Rhodesian Ridgebacks’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
Rhodesian ridgebacks 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 Rhodesian ridgeback.
Know what’s in the bowl
For Rhodesian ridgebacks 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 Rhodesian ridgeback'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.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Rhodesian ridgeback'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!
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