Rotating Dog Food – Is It A Good Idea?
Dog nutrition must be complete and balanced, but it’s also important to switch dog food brands now and then. This might sound like a trivial point and merely a tactic to appease our human desire for food variety. However, there’s more to dog nutrition and switching that you should know.
When your dog receives the same dog food month after month, year after year, you are exposing him or her to any problems that might exist with that particular brand. Had pet owners switched their dog food brands prior to the recent dog food recalls, they could have avoided the dangers posed.
For instance, giving your dog one brand for a few weeks or months means he will be constantly exposed to those dangers. By switching, the concentration is diluted, thereby preventing a build-up of exposure which can result in an temporary weakening of your dog’s ability to ward off the danger.
Dog nutrition is never guaranteed,
despite all the efforts made by dog food manufacturers to provide quality products. There are circumances beyond their control that can significantly reduce the actual nutritional value. In addition, problems with the ingredients can arise that were formerly unknown.
Several steps along the way between product development and the retail store can present an issue that affects the dog’s food nutritional value.
Research into dog nutrition is an ongoing science. Lab experts are revealing problems that once did not exist. As scientists study the nutritional needs of dogs, they discover facts and issues that must be addressed to insure dog health.
As well, they are constantly learning about the true nutritional value of the dog food ingredients. As environmental factors change, so does the quality of the food being produced. For instance, if soil loses its nutritional value through overuse and other factors, the food grows in that soil loses it’s nutritional qualities. Scientists continuously discover problems in this area.
Dog nutrition relies on products outside the control of the dog food manufacturer. Some ingredients are provided from outside sources. Brand manufacturers have no control over the quality or safety of those ingredients.
After all these efforts to produce quality dog food, brand manufacturers can and do slip up now and then. Tests are missed and levels of important nutrients like calcium and magnesium do not always meet the required amounts for ideal dog nutrition.
On the other hand, vitamin and mineral supplements are sometimes added in higher quantities than the dog requires. Or the required nutrients become diluted or otherwise weakened during the manufacturing and storing process. Over time, stored foods will lose their nutritional value.
These are just some of the reasons you would be wise to considering switching the brand of food you are feeding your dog. While one manufacturer is missing some points along the dog nutrition trail, others will take up the slack.
It’s more than just providing your dog with variety to stimulate his taste buds. Switching brands will help alleviate finicky eating which can happen when a dog gets the same food every day for months on end.
Seek out quality foods by reading the labels to ensure the proper nutrients are included and filler is at a bare minimum. Look for quality products at the top of the list, like chicken and beef. Choose several excellent brands and alternate between them every month or so. This will help you to avoid any dangers accidentally posed by one brand while ensuring that your pet receives the absolute best dog nutrition.