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?