Fresh Food for West Highland White Terriers
With stuffed-toy appeal, West Highland white terriers are lap-size entertainers with big personalities, as witnessed when they tilt their noggin and stare at you, tail a-wiggle. Originally bred in Scotland to hunt rodents and other small creatures (their white coat was visible in fields), today’s Westies retain their ancestral strength, independence, and smarts—meaning early and consistent training is critical. On the terrier spectrum, Westies are considered moderately friendly to both strangers and other pets, though prone to barking when startled or irked. These keen exercisers need mid-intensity walks, leashed to discourage chasing small animals, and playtime, another excuse to enjoy their iconic cuteness.
A diet of fresh dog food for your West Highland white terrier is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and a receptive audience.
What’s the best dog food for West Highland white terriers?
A diet of fresh dog food for your West Highland white terriers 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 West Highland White Terriers
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your West Highland White 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
West Highland white 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 West Highland white terrier.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your West Highland white terrier'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 West Highland white 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 West Highland white 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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