I used to think that rotating my dogs food was an absolute NO, NO! As I continue to learn more, I have realized that rotating my dogs food can actually be very beneficial.
One of the benefits of rotating my dogs food is that it helps to strengthen their digestive systems. Interesting that this tidbit of information is the exact opposite of what I was told long ago.
Initially I was a bit skeptical but decided to try it out for myself and started just by switching up the canned food that I would put in Ryder’s and Mattie’s dry food. (I don’t add a lot of wet, just a spoonful or two to add some flavor).
The result? They were both fine. No loose stools or funky poop.
The first test was successful. The next step was to test the dry.
Initially they were both on California Natural which Mattie had been on for more years than I can count. But I kept hearing about Grain Free and how it was better for them. I did my own research and found the same results. Finally I decided to give it a try for myself.
I started with Performatrin Ultra. I don’t think I did a gradual switch (adding some of the old food and some of the new food a little at a time), I think I just switched.
Their may have been a little bit of loose stool during the change but nothing awful and it didn’t last more than a day or two.
I continued with the same brand for a while and then one day I was out and so was the pet store. What’s a fur-parent to do in times of desperation? Investigate and try ANOTHER BRAND. So that’s exactly what I did.
The brand that I choose was Merrick Grain Free. I loved that they had multiple selections of the same line but made with different meats.
For example they had Chicken, Beef, Buffalo and Duck, to name a few in dry, along with other flavors in their wet food line. It was a great way to rotate while keeping to the same brand. Plus the ingredients were easy to read and I could easily identify what was in the food.
The results? Ryder adjusted fine to the switch (Mattie had passed away before this switch). I would occasionally switch up the wet food I gave him with completely different brands and he was fine when I did that too.
After being on Merrick’s for almost six months, I recently noticed (yesterday in fact) that their bags seemed smaller (less lbs of food included) but the price was the same. I don’t know about you but that never makes me happy.
So today I will be buying and trying (well Ry will be 😉 ) Taste of the Wild Grain Free Dog Food. The bag has 5lbs more and is $8’s less than Merrick.
They also have multiple selections of meats, poultry and fish in both dry and wet.
I have always heard that this was a great brand of food but honestly thought it was more expensive. When I got home I checked it out on Dog Food Advisor and it was given a great review.
Needless to say I am very excited to try this brand. Not only will I be saving money but I can trust that Ryder is getting a great quality food.
From this experience, rotating my dogs food hasn’t seemed to have any ill effects on Ry’s digestive system. He is extremely healthy and in great shape. His energy level is always up and he is ready to tackle anything from Disc to Agilty. He also has an incredible coat which everyone comments on.
My recommendation? Try switching your pups food up and see the results for yourself. Do your research, read the ingredients and go for it.
Stay away from “By-Products” please! They are the absolute WORST thing to you can feed your dog. If you don’t know what they are please do some research here.
Don’t trust the name brand, read the ingredients. I know multiple “High Quality Pet Foods” that have by-products in them.
One other thing. I never buy food from the food store. I know its saves money but the ingredients and quality of the food are not good. In the long run it doesn’t benefit your pocketbook or your dog.
Remember, “you are what eat” applies to your dog too. Investing in a quality pet food (not necessarily grain free) could actually save you some trips to the vet for hot spots, allergies and skin problems.
Does that make investing in a higher quality food for you pup worth the cost? Try it for a few months, what do you have to lose?
**I do know that there are extenuating circumstances where your pet may need to be on a special diet. Please do the best for your pet and work with your veterinarian.