Many dog owners have questioned whether or not feeding their dog the same thing over and over again on a daily basis is a good idea. This is where something known as the “rotation diet” comes in. The rotation diet is one that switches a dog’s diet up on a daily, weekly, or other periodical basis, usually determined by the owner.
Why a rotation diet? This type of feeding is done to avoid too much or too little of some vitamins and minerals, or other dietary ingredients. The advantages of this type of diet lessens the chance of toxins building up in the body, lessens the change of allergies, and helps fussy dogs keep trying different types of food. The major disadvantages of a rotation diet are that some dogs, especially ones with sensitive stomachs, may experience intestinal upset from switching foods often.
Dog Food Analysis has this to say about the rotation diet:
Dogs (actually all mammals) are designed to consume a range of different foods, and to obtain differing vitamins and minerals from each. They are not designed to eat “only chicken” or “only lamb” or any other food item for eternity. Changing foods, importantly the contents of those foods, every so often helps to give them the variety their bodies were designed to thrive on.
Rotation diets can be done with raw feeding, canned food, and dry kibble. Nature’s Variety pet food is one advocate of rotation feeding, and they suggest rotating between different proteins for the best results. Nature’s Variety also has raw, canned, and dry food available in proteins like beef, chicken, duck, lamb, bison, and venison.
If you aren’t comfortable switching the main food, one way to switch up the diet is to add fresh food to standard dry kibble. Adding foods like carrots, sardines, bananas, berries, potatoes, peas, and other fresh, whole foods will give pets an extra nutritional boost. Even crushed eggshells provide a dose of calcium.
If you’re interested in feeding a rotation diet for your pet, the best option is to discuss it with a holistic veterinarian that can find a plan that works for your pet.
This article was written by My Pet Saving’s contributor Melissa. She has a master’s degree in creative writing, owns several pets and runs her own online pet magazine. To learn more about this author check out the contributor profile page.