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    Posters who rotate food

    I noticed in the 'popular brands' thread that a lot of people seem to rotate food, either different flavors within the brand or totally different brands. Do you do the blending thing every time? Where you take 7+ days to switch over, slowly mixing the new food in? I imagine not, but I thought I'd check. I never did that in the olden days of 'before the internet' with my dogs, but it seems to be almost mandatory now.

    What has your experience been like?
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    We're blessed with a dog with an iron stomach, though some of that may be that he's been used to getting a variety of kibble types and proteins from puppyhood. We don't mix at all when we're rotating raw proteins (though we did introduce each protein source/new organ slowly the first time he had them), and if we pick up a meat or raw food roll he hasn't had in a while we'll just feed it as a normal meal with no issue. With kibble, we will often mix in some new for a couple days, but it's usually closer to 2-5 days (depending on how much old food we have left) rather than a very careful 7+ day transition.

    The first time we had to transition kibbles, of course, we were very careful. But now that we know our dog well, we don't worry about it so much. If he were sensitive to food changes we would be much, much more careful about it, and probably not rotate nearly as cavalierly as we do now!

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    I rotate between different proteins within a brand with each bag. When I get down to the last few cups of a bag I'll usually open the next bag and dump the remaining kibble from the current bag into the new. That's as close to a transition I do. My guy is fine with a pretty much cold turkey switch. I also foster dogs and feed them the same food as my dog and they've all been fine with the cold turkey swaps. Only had trouble with one foster dog when switching proteins and that was because the protein itself didn't agree with them, switched them to a different protein and they were back to normal.

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    I don't. I've never had trouble. I think if I fed the same food for months or years or had a dog with food sensitivity I'd be very careful but I don't. So I basically just feed whatever and haven't had issues.

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    I've always been in the "we're out of that stuff, so here's this stuff" school. Very rarely have my dogs ever had an issue with it.
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    When it comes to Jr I do transition his food though he is use to switching between two bags (currently, trying to find a different protein and possibly brand) but it's a very "fast" transition roughly 3 days. It's literally just like a bit in the 1st day. And then the second day is half and half and by the 3rd dat its the next bag by it's self with no old food.
    The other dogs I do the same but I don't worry if its in 1 or two days. Jojo sometimes is cold turkey because he sometimes needs a dog food to help him have a bowel movement.
    Jr is the most delicate when it comes to food but I don't have to worry about the 7 day transition when it's just a normal food he is use to. But I'm still a bit cautious.

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    Re: Posters who rotate food

    My dogs appear to do fine with cold-turkey switches, but I try to give them a little bit of transition. Because our dogs are smaller, we have a small container that holds about a week's worth of food. Usually what happens is when I go to fill the container up there's only a small amount of the open bag left, so I top it up with about the same amount from the new bag, give it a shake, and then use that to transition. I didn't used to rotate flavours with every bag, but Ida is not as enthusiastic an eater as Snowball is; she seems to get bored, since her desire to eat the food seems to correlate with time spent eating a particular food across consecutive bags of the same flavour.

    I think, even outside of brands, rotating foods with similar macronutrient (fat, protein, carb) ratios helps. But my dogs have pretty iron stomachs.

    When I intentionally switch between foods with notably different protein/fat contents or between brands that use notably different non-meat ingredients (e.g., legumes vs. potato as the primary starch) I do a slower switch, but between flavours of the same brand that have a similar composition I don't bother.

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    Re: Posters who rotate food

    Interesting, thanks for the perspectives. My pup is not an enthusiastic eater, and I've been wanting to switch up her food lately. We'll go slow at first, but hopefully I can relax about it eventually.
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