A Nutritional Guide for Spaniels

A Nutritional Guide for Spaniels

Known for their long, floppy ears, Spaniels are a bright and lively breed. They have a long history of being hunting companions, bred to fetch and flush out small game. These dogs have high energy levels, and thus need a diet that supports their vitality, joints, and longevity. Due to their active nature, Spaniels can suffer from a myriad of health issues, ranging from hip dysplasia to ear infections. However, with the right diet, you can help support your Spaniel’s long life and vibrancy.

Ear Infections

One of the most common health concerns for Spaniels are ear infections. Due to their ear shape, debris can become stuck in their ear canals. This can lead to excessive itching, redness, and inflammation. Ear infections can also be connected to allergies. By maintaining a regular routine of ear cleaning, and feeding a diet low in starch, you can help prevent painful build up.

Spaniels Sitting in a Tree.

Hip Dysplasia

Another potential ailment for Spaniels is hip dysplasia, which is caused by an improper fitting of the hip into the socket. This can cause discomfort and over time lead to lameness.

Supporting healthy joint function is key to making sure your pup is comfortable walking, running, and playing. Finding a food with an optimal calcium to phosphorus ratio is something to keep in mind, as those minerals are critical in proper bone development.

Eye Issues

Cataracts can be a problem later in life for Spaniels. Although a common issue in dogs, feeding your dog foods that are high in vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help protect their eye health. These nutrients are found in foods like organ meats, swiss chard and other leafy green vegetables.


Spaniels can suffer from itchiness and inflammation caused by allergies. Many dogs who suffer from allergies benefit from novel proteins. These are unique proteins that your dog’s immune system may not have been exposed to before, and make them less likely to cause allergy symptoms.

Spaniel eating Huntaway Raw Food.

Health and Longevity

One of the best ways to provide your Spaniel with the nutrition they need to live a long and healthy life is through a raw diet. It combines low starch, optimal calcium and phosphorus levels, vitamin A, and novel proteins all rolled into one.

Whether you want to add raw or freeze dried raw as a topper, or switch to raw entirely, any fresh food you can give your Spaniel will help them stay healthy and energetic.

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