I rotate their diet. If you always feed the same diet, they could become allergic or be missing some nutrients that they would get from another food source. I feed them a variety of grain free kibble as I feel this is the best source of nutrition for my dogs. If you would like to read more about this go to dogfoodanalysis.com they have some great info on this.
Same here. I think rotating is a good idea, but I have a dog w/ a very sensitive stomache. The smallest bite of something different has me cleaning up the most disgusting messes for days and often means a trip to the vet. It's also hard to find a good dog food in my area. Right now I'm able to find one good, but not great brand so rotating would be difficult.
I tend to rotate. I'm not a "brand fanatic". I stick to a quality level - I usually end up rotating between Innova, Eagle Pack Holistic, Canidae, and Chicken Soup - but I'll try a new food if I see something that looks good... And not everyone I have here eats the same brand. I have some that do better on some foods than others.
I do a change of food with the seasons as I feel the dogs need more fat content in the winter months. I stay with the same brand of food and do a gradule transition over about 10 days so no one gets digestion problems. I have one 12 year old another almost 10 year old Bullmastiff and I watch their diets very carefully as I don't want them to get too fat but I want them to get the best nutrition possible.
I rotate foods. But to get the most benefit from rotating, you have to know what you're doing. One thing you need to do is change the source of protein. For example, don't give one chicken based food and then change it to another chicken based food.
Also, you should change the brand of food. Don't give one brand of chicken, and then switch to the same brand but the beef variety.
Currenty, I switch between Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato, and Merricks Wilderness Blend. I've also fed Innova. And if you stick to "premium" foods, you don't need to worry as much about upsetting any tummies with the switch.
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I do not rotate foods, but I do change them sometimes. Mostly its about allergies or life stages. With food, I did fast once or twice a month when they were younger, now adays they fast themselves every once in a while.
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I KNEW masterid would be back advertising dog food! So far, it's been cat food and horse food-now dogs. Wonder what next? Rabbit food?
And by the way, masterid-what do you consider an adequate amount of protein? In most premium foods, that can vary anywhere from about 21% to 42%. What's good for one dog may not necessarily be good for another dog.