My sisters and I have been eating a rotation diet for about a year now. Honestly, it was never our plan, but it kind of happened and we feel it is a good thing. If you are not sure what a rotation diet is, I’ll explain the how, what, and why today.
Our Rotation Diet
How did we do it?
Many dogs eat the same food, day in, day out, from a super large bag, and let’s face it…that is boring! Yes, we were those dogs a while back too, but Mom has learned there are better ways to feed dogs. My sisters and I have no food allergies or issues which made switching our food around easy to do, but you should always check with your veterinarian first no matter what.
Our rotation diet started when we switched to a brand of kibble that is for dogs of all ages, and had several proteins we could switch on and off with and have no issues. Mom thought it would be nice for us to have chicken for a couple weeks, then lamb, beef, etc. The food bags were also smaller, only 22 pounds which lasts the three of us just under three weeks. After about six months by chance we reviewed a grain free raw infused kibble and loved it. We continued to rotate proteins, but now with the grain free raw infused kibble.
About six months after we started the raw infused kibble, we tried another brand of grain free raw infused. We loved it just as much and realized if we added it to our rotation, we would have six proteins to rotate through! Variety is the spice of life they say!
Along with our kibble, we had been eating some canned food as a topper which is sometimes grain free, sometimes not. There are endless varieties of the canned food including a whole different line of proteins which only adds to our taste bud’s enjoyment.
Recently we added another brand of wet food to our rotation, so we now have even more fun flavors as toppers. Our mealtime is always a surprise!
What did we do?
We simply went from eating the same food day in, day out, from a large bag over five to six weeks to eating six varieties of raw infused kibbles from two brands, with wet food toppers at dinnertime. Not having any food issues made the switch really easy for us.
Why did we do it?
There are many reasons to switch to a rotation diet, and there are many varieties of rotation diets including adding raw feeding into the rotation, but we are not that far yet.
- Variety – it keeps us excited for mealtime because we never know what we will be eating.
- Rotating the proteins in a dog’s diet helps keep allergies from developing as the dog isn’t eating one protein long enough to react adversely to a protein. There are exceptions, but in general it holds true.
- Our rotation diet has gotten my sister Katie to keep eating. With her health issues, her appetite is down, but the variety keeps her eating better.
- No two brands are identical so by rotating brands, your dog will get the benefits of each brand.
- Pet food isn’t made to last forever! The moment you open the bag, the flavor and nutrients start to slip away. By purchasing smaller bags and switching often, we also get more flavor and nutrients from out food!
- A rotation diet can be whatever you make it. It can be just two brands of kibble, it can be grain free and with grain, with or without wet food. You are the boss of what you feed your dog.
Remember to check with your veterinarian before starting a rotation diet, and start it out slowly so your dog can adjust. The younger the dog is when you start, the easier it will be.
***As a side note, kitty sis Sophie has always been a poor eater. Last fall we inadvertently received a bag of grain free raw infused cat kibble. We fed it to Sophie and she loved it! Sophie is now on her own cat food rotation diet! She has gained some weight, looks fantastic, and is enjoying mealtime these days.***