The Importance of Diet Rotation

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What is diet rotation?
Unlike a conventional feeding plan where the same food is served at each meal, diet rotation involves varying your pets menu on a daily, weekly, or other periodic basis.

Why should you consider diet rotation for your pet?
Since there’s no such thing as a perfect pet food, it’s reasonable to assume every product is deficient or excessive in some way.
Too much of one nutrient… or too little of another. Plus many foods can contain traces of dangerous toxins.
So, built-in flaws tend to be magnified when the same food is fed continuously… day-in and day-out… for a lifetime.
By periodically switching foods, the unhealthy consequences of serving the same imperfect products can be minimized.

Isn’t changing foods dangerous for the animal?
Although some pets can’t tolerate menu changes, we’ve never been able to find a single scientific study proving diet rotation to be unhealthy or detrimental to a dog or cat.

Does diet rotation mean mixing two or more different foods
together and serving them at the same meal?

No. The benefits of diet rotation are optimized only when cycling between different products on a periodic basis.

How often should foods be switched?
There’s no fixed feeding plan that works better than the others. So, it depends on your own imgenuity.
Some switch foods daily. Others change weekly. And still others prefer to empty one bag of kibble before beginning the next.

Is there a downside to diet rotation?
There are mainly two disadvantages to diet rotation…
Avoiding GI upset
Maintaining product freshness
Since some dogs have sensitive stomachs, the potential for GI upset can be an issue for certain pets.
And because alternating between two or more kibbles can make each bag take longer to use up, it can be difficult to maintain the freshness of each product.

What’s the best way to transition to a new food?
Most experts recommend transitioning to a new food gradually — starting with about 20-25% “new” and slowly increasing that amount to a full 100% over a 7 to 10 day period.
Be patient and don’t rush the transitioning process. Take your time to minimize the chance of GI upset.

 

reference: dog food advisor.com

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