Recently I have run into the situation where my dogs have stopped eating their regular food. The old adage “variety is the spice of life” apparently applies to dogs as well as humans! It seems like they were looking to mix things up,
This got me to wondering, when and how often should I be switching up my dogs food?
Six signs that you should consider changing your dogs food include, Dull/Flaky Coat, Lethargy, Ageing, Hefty Midsection, GI Disturbances, and Itchy Coat.
So you notice one or more of those signs, but what should you look for in the next food you select?
The AKC goes into greater detail but highlights these topics:
- A good dog food will contain meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits.
- It is important to remember that not every dog has the same nutritional needs.
- Merck Veterinary Manual lists the nutrition requirements for small animals
- Like anything you read online, or on tv, check your sources to ensure you verify the information. Remember: your dogs health is on the line.
- Whole grains are actually a source of wholesome nutrients. Unless you dog has an allergy to grains, you don’t need to automatically rule out a food with grain.
- Look for the statement “complete and balanced.” This is more than just advertising – the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict requirements to make sure that a product is in fact complete and balanced.
How should you transition your dogs between types of food?
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has this handy seven day transition plan for changing foods. You can even check out their minute-long video on YouTube.
In the end, I opted for Nutro Adult Lamb and Rice Variety from Chewy.com. I liked the limited and natural ingredients, and the other nutritional elements including vitamins and minerals.
It comes with a handy zip enclosure built into the bag so I don’t have to seal it in my usual airtight container. Doing research on Nutro, I found they have a very high level of quality and pride in their products. They take extreme care with the products they deliver. They have a great video on their thorough Safety and Quality page. An interesting thing I learned was that they own their own manufacturing plants, and were the first to be certified in the pet food manufacturers nutrition and food safety program.
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