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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Can I Feed My Dog Different Foods?

For as long as I can remember, people have always said that it is best to keep your dog on one type of food. And for some dogs this may be true. But the question remains, can I feed my dog different foods? And do dogs need a variety in their diet? In my opinion, it depends on the dog. Some dogs can be quite content eating one type of food for their whole life, but some, such as Siberian Huskies, are not always satisfied with that.



Before deciding whether or not your dog needs a variety in his diet, there are some things to consider. Such as:

  • Does your dog have a sensitive stomach? 
  • Does your dog easily get diarrhea?
  • Does your dog seem content with his current food?
  • Does he often get bored, and picky with his food?

All those things and more go into deciding to feed variety to your dog.
If your dog has a sensitive stomach, switching foods may not be the best option as you do not want to do anything to upset his tummy. If your dog seems content with his food, and is always anxious for dinner time, then that would be another reason to just stay put with his food. Why change what works right? But if your dog seems tired of eating the same old thing day after day, it may be time to change it up a little. 



To me, giving my huskies a variety works. They tend to be a picky eating breed, and get bored when fed the same thing over and over again. So I will generally feed a brand or flavor for a few months, and once I notice them start to leave food in their bowl, or notice they seem bored with it, I will switch it up. Koda's food always stays the same, as he has a sensitive stomach. But my other huskies love the change! However, you have to properly transition your dog to a new food when changing over. Always go slow. Gradually add small scoops of new food into their regular dinner. Every two days add a bit more new, and a bit less old, until finally you can give 100% of the new food. If you change their food too quick, it can result in an upset tummy for your pup.

If your uncomfortable with changing your dogs diet, there are other ways to spice up their food to make it less boring to them. You can always add some baby carrots, pour some meat broth over their food, add broccoli, or even scramble up an egg and put in on top of their kibble. Whatever you decide, just remember, some dogs love to have a variety, and could be your answer to a picky eater!

The Sibe Tribe would love to know:
Do you feed variety to your pets?





28 comments:

  1. Great post! I've don't always vary their diet but sometimes we do! It just really depends on what's available.

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    1. I know a lot of people are against changing a dogs food and say you should never do it, but I say why the heck not?? My huskies love to have variety and as long as you slowly transition their food change, they will be just fine :)

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  2. Cats are pretty much the same way......some like variety, others like to know what they'll find in their bowl every single day! Now that Sammy's a "senior" he's more adventurous in the food department. I'm just glad he's still eating well!!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. That's definitely the important thing then!

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  3. Ciara is just like Koda. We have to be very careful about any food changes for her or her tummy goes kaput! Lightning could probably eat anything anytime, but we try not to make too many food changes. Mom mixes things up a bit with a few varieties of canned food that she knows will be OK with Ciara - just add a dab to our kibble - a little dab will do you:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. A dab of wet food is also another great idea to spice up the food bowl! Great tip!

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  4. Pops switches up my food every bag - it seems to help:)

    NukNuk

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  5. Our girls usually get the same type of food everyday. However, since we make their food on Sunday, sometimes we run out before we get time to make more. Both Veruca and Ava have pretty solid digestive systems so a quick substitute doesn't seem to bother them.

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  6. We definitely use rotational feeding with the boys. I wouldn't enjoy eating the same old food everyday so I know they don't either. Interesting topic today!

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  7. We don't know what a picky dog is around here! However, we like to switch up the foods every so often anyway. We stick to the same brand, but different proteins. I've heard that's better for them. We also add different things sometimes, Luke loves any veggie we add to his food, but the girls are more picky about that kind of thing...but never kibble. They'll eat whatever we put in front of them!
    Lots of wags and woofs from Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. haha! My huskies love when I add veggies to their food as well! Heck, the dogs eat more veggies than my kids will!!!

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  8. Our dogs are on a raw diet and I switch proteins weekly and The Honest Kitchen's base mix monthly. This is a great post. I had no idea that Huskies were a picky breed. One reason I switched to raw was because of Rodrigo's senstive digestive system - he got bored with food too, but switching was hell on his tummy.

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    1. Oh yes, huskies are sooooo picky sometimes!!! They will literally not eat for days if they so choose to! They definitely need a little switch up or spice up every now and again!

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  9. Very interesting! We like to eat a variety of foods, but there's always a certain "theme" to them...grain free and usually chicken.

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    1. Definitely grain free! For us it's always only grain free :)

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  10. Bailie and I can eat anything no problem, Katie has always had a sensitive stomach. We eat Merrick which has several flavors, so Mom rotates through all the flavors as she orders bags, so we eat poultry, then fish, then meat, etc. We like it that way. On occasion, we get wet food too!

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    1. Wet food my huskies love as well. They do not get it all the time, but maybe once a week for a treat. Drool fest! lol

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  11. I think the hardest part with changing up foods is keeping the calorie count the same. We like our dogs to maintain a specific weight.

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    1. Thats very true. Especially if you show dogs as you do. Great point!

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  12. Thank you for this informative post, I'm so glad you went over sensitive stomach and getting diarrhea. I am so lucky my dogs can eat anything and not have a problem but there are so many pets out there any change in diet they have blow out diarrhea which lands them in the vet clinic.

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    1. Definitely! As I mentioned above, Koda has a very sensitive tummy, so I know to be careful with him, and keep his diet and treats limited, but my other two just love a change!!

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  13. I add wet food to Bain's kibble a handful of times during the month. I also cook rice and add different things like chicken livers with it as well.

    I couldn't imagine feeding him only kibble everyday. I wouldn't be surprised if he snubbed his nose :)

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    1. Dogs do love a variety thats for sure!

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  14. I can be picky about my food at times and then a change is good. One of our cats has a very sensitive tummy so he always has the same.

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    1. Change is definitely a good thing when the pups gets picky!

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