Changing up your pet food regularly can improve your pets overall health. Here are some tips on rotation feeding.
We all want our dogs to live the best, healthiest life we can provide for them, which is why we pay attention to what they eat!
We hear this question asked at least once a day: “Can I change my dogs food!?” The answer is ABSOLUTELY! As long as you have a healthy, adult dog with no concerning medical issues, rotating his or her food/protein is very beneficial!
It’s smart to always stick to a high-quality, grain-free food. Typically, most highly rated dog food companies like Fromm, Taste of The Wild, Natural balance, Zignature, Orijen, etc. offer several different varieties and flavors intended for rotation feeding. Not only is rotation feeding better for a dog’s overall health, but it keeps them interested and excited about food (their OWN food, that is)! Feeding a lifetime of one single protein can eventually lead to allergies & health complications.
It’s safe to keep dogs on one protein source, let’s say duck, for around 2-3 months, than slowly rotate them into a new protein, let’s say lamb, for the next 2-3 months. This means your dog’s protein will be rotated 5-6 times per year. You can venture into trying Bison, Venison, Salmon, Turkey, Beef, etc., but of course, all dogs have their preferred choices. The key is to try to stay within the same quality, protein content and fat content from food to food. Rotating foods in this way is beneficial because it’s not “shocking” the dog’s system in any way. For example, if a customer feeds low quality food with fillers, then a quick switch to a new food is much more difficult on the dog’s system, and should be done over a more heavily prolonged period of time. Most Pet Food Zoom customers, however, feed high-quality foods, so switching from one high-quality brand to the next is fairly simple.
Here’s a transition schedule for those new to rotating :
It’s best to transition your dog gradually! Follow the guidelines below:
- Days 1-3: Mix 75% old dog food with 25% new dog food.
- Days 4-6: Mix 50% old dog food with 50% new dog food.
- Days 7-9: Mix 75% new dog food with 25% old dog food.
- Day 10: Feed 100% of the new dog food brand.
By the end of this schedule, your dog should be enjoying his or her new food without any upset.
Another great trick to know when rotating your dogs food is supplementing pumpkin — YES, pure pumpkin! %100 pure pumpkin has a large amount of fiber that will help transition dogs from one food to the next. This compensates for any slight stomach upset or irregularity your dog may feel during the rotation process. It’s also a great idea to keep a can of pure pumpkin on hand for when your dog gets occasional loose stool. Just add 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin into their regular meal, and your dog should be back to normal in no time! Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin for Dogs is an awesome product, and can also be used as a treat! Most dogs love it!
Aside from the health benefits, another great thing about rotating dog food is that your dog will never get bored with their diet. When a normally food-driven dog seems to be lacking enthusiasm about meal time, it means a rotation should be in their future!
Other quick suggestions for spicing up your dogs diet are: cottage cheese (2-3 tablespoons with meal), cooked sweet potato (1/4 cup with meal), plain yogurt (2-3 tablespoons with meal) or any high quality canned food (2-3 tablespoons with meal).
Over time, you will discover what foods your dog really gets excited about. Hopefully this leads to a more enjoyable, healthy, food-happy life for your four-legged family member(s)!
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