August 12, 2021
Rotational Feeding for Dogs: Should You Do It?
As humans, we love variety - and eating the same food day after day can quickly get boring! However, when it comes to our dogs, this is common. If you haven’t heard yet, rotation feeding is a hot topic amongst pet food “foodies.” Rotation feeding revolves around changing your dog’s diet regularly and, it’s all about variety.
Regardless of the recipe or type, most premium dog foods are designed to be complete and balanced to provide all of the nutrition your dog needs. Each ingredient has a unique nutritional profile and will provide various nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to keep them healthy.
Whether you have a puppy or adult dog on your hands, here are a few things to remember if you decide to consider rotation feeding for your dog:
- Food rotation can occur on a monthly or weekly basis
- A variety of flavours and textures can be offered by feeding different recipes
- Some people believe that feeding foods with different nutritional makeup will give your dog a more balanced diet
- Try providing different types of food like dry food, wet food or freeze-dried
- Feeding wet food in rotation can help with hydration
Is rotation feeding the right choice for your dog?
If you do decide to try rotation feeding, a gradual change from one diet to the next is always recommended. However, rotating foods that have a similar ‘base’ recipe like Go! Solutions Sensitivities Limited Ingredient recipes for dogs are the perfect option for rotation feeding of dogs who do not need a transition period.. These recipes use a single source of protein providing balanced nutrition while limiting the number of ingredients your dog is exposed to.
Limited ingredient recipes for your canine friend
Our GO! SOLUTIONS SENSITIVITIES recipes are specially formulated by experts to help dogs suffering from food sensitivities.
If your dog has a sensitive tummy and is prone to digestive upset, rotation feeding might not be the best option. Sudden changes in diet can sometimes cause gastrointestinal problems.
What to do before starting rotation feeding
If you decide that you would like to rotate your dog’s food, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian first. He or she may offer some advice on the best direction to go and how to start.
Rotation feeding isn’t for every dog, as many pet parents who subscribe to the adage, “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,’ can attest. Many dogs fed the same recipes for most of their lives are living proof that rotation isn’t necessary.
Each dog and its nutritional needs are different. Therefore, it’s a personal choice for you, your dog and your veterinarian to make.