What is rotation feeding?
Rotation feeding is a hot topic amongst pet food ‘foodies’. The concept revolves around changing your pet’s diet regularly. It’s all about variety. We humans don’t like to eat the same thing every day, and many pet parents believe their pets don’t care to either.
Regardless of the recipe or type, most high-quality pet foods are designed to be complete and balanced to provide all of the nutrition your pet needs. Each ingredient has a unique nutritional profile and will provide various quantities of nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids.
If you do decide to rotation feed, here are a few things to remember:
- Food rotation can occur on a monthly or weekly basis
- Variety can be offered by feeding different recipes
- Some people believe that feeding foods with different nutritional makeup will give your pet a more rounded diet
- Try feeding different types of food like dry, canned or freeze-dried
- Feeding wet food in rotation can even help with hydration
Is rotation feeding right for every pet?
If your pet has a sensitive tummy and is prone to digestive upset, rotation feeding might not be for you. Sudden changes in diet can sometimes cause gastrointestinal problems.
If you do decide to try rotation feeding, a gradual change from one diet to the next is always recommended. Rotating foods that have a similar ‘base’ recipe, but only features different meat proteins may be a little less stressful on your pet’s digestive system.
One thing to be aware of with rotational feeding is that if you have been feeding your pet a wide variety of foods and he develops a reaction to any of them, you may not be able to find out what caused the intolerance. This will make it more difficult to find a diet with ‘novel’ ingredients in order to provide relief from food sensitivity.
What should I do before I start rotation feeding?
If you decide that you would like to rotation feed your pet, please consult with your veterinarian first. He or she may be able to offer some advice on the best direction to go and how to start.
Rotation feeding isn’t for every pet as many pet parents who subscribe to the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ can attest. Many geriatric pets fed the same recipes for most of their lives are living proof that rotation is not necessary. At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice for you, your pet and your veterinarian to make.
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