Fresh Food for Scottish Terriers
Compact and sturdy, Scottish terriers love to play and make loving, loyal family members, proving good things really do come in small packages. Averaging 10 inches high and weighing anywhere between 18 and 22 pounds, these distinguished-looking dogs sport long beards and lower body furnishings that require regular grooming. Also known as Scotties, they originated in Scotland in the 1700s and were bred to hunt prey ranging from rodents to foxes, which is why, to this day, these spirited pups chase anything that moves, and dig holes. Scottish terriers are smart and trainable, but they are naturally independent—and feisty even—so patience and consistency are required.
What’s the best dog food for Scottish terriers?
A diet of fresh food for your Scottish terrier is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with daily on-leash walks, regular vet care, and lots of brain-taxing play.
Why fresh is best for your Scottish Terriers
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Scottish 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
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like Scottish 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 Scottish 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 Scottish 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.
Provide nutrients that can reduce the odds of cancer
There’s no sure way to eliminate the risk of cancer, but there are things you can do to give your Scottish terrier the best chance at more healthy years: Keep them lean, avoid heavily processed foods that may contain preservatives and carcinogens, and feed them a fresh diet that can help reduce inflammation. Dietary antioxidants—like those found in fresh vegetables— are proven to help decrease the risk of cancer. Processed kibble and canned food just can't supply fresh, whole vegetables like a fresh diet can for your Scottish terrier.
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