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Old 03-03-2014, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you ever switch kibble just 'because'?

For example, you find a food your dog does well on, feed it for a long time, then randomly switch it up just to give your dog something different, or if you find a good food do you just continue to stick to it and they get their variety out of other snacks/treats?

I ask because my girl's done well on the very first food I picked out for her - one of the grain free Acana regionals - not a single problem. However, she's been on the same food for a year now and I cant help but wonder if she's "sick of it". I don't know if dogs get "sick of food" like we do - I couldnt imagine eating the same thing every day...she gets bones and I buy a different box of treats every month, she gets raw weekly as a treat or for training sometimes.

So do I even bother with switching a food if she's doing well?

Just curious what other people do. I know some people rotate flavors, figure it could be a fun discussion.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feed kibble in the morning and raw in the evening. I never feed two of the same bags/brands in a row to prevent boredom and to get an overall balanced diet. Not every kibble is equal regarding nutrients.
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I think if you find one they do well on, leave them on it.

You could always had a couple of extras to the kibble, like a dollop of yoghurt on top, or mix in a can of sardines if you think she might be getting bored, although be careful here as she might like the extras so much that she won't eat the kibble without them. Maybe as a treat couple of times a month
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I feed kibble in the morning and raw in the evening.
Me too, I try and leave about 11 to 12 hours between the feeds for digestion purpose, my dogs are doing really well on this way of feeding.
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I feed Acana in the morning and raw in the evening too. I did switch kibble once - never making that mistake again she woke me up all night needing to go out.... but I'm sure some dogs are more sensitive than others.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep, I'm constantly switching my dogs' kibble. Basically every time I have to get a new bag. There are a few brands that I tend to rotate through, occasionally we'll get something completely different. My dogs have never had a problem with it. I think the digestive problems occur when people feed the same kibble for a long time, and then try something different.
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I feed Fromm and swap through the different flavours of the four star grain free line each bag. Personally I like being able to swap flavours
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I wonder the same thing with my adults. I feed Earthborn and just started switching formula between the Great Plains and coastal catch.


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I feed Fromm and swap through the different flavours of the four star grain free line each bag. Personally I like being able to swap flavours

Do you do this in a slow 5 day transition between flavors? I want to do this too, but want to avoid runny stools.


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I keep the kibble the same but I switch the topping. My dog won't eat his without something on it.
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