What if I told you that you can eat your favourite food, all you want, for both meals, for an entire year!!!
YOU WOULD GO NUTS! And yet, here they are, your favourite munchkins, nibbling on the same food day in, day out. There is a reason they are the good bois and good gurls of your house!
So let’s first understand what is wrong with this? I am sure your vet suggested you a food that is good for your woofer, or you researched yourself, or someone you trust has helped you zero in on this diet. However, what we almost always seem to miss out on is that dog’s diet, just like ours, must consist of a multitude of constituents and minerals and no single food has them all. Let me repeat…NO SINGLE FOOD HAS EVERYTHING THAT A DOG NEEDS.
So what is a Rotational diet? A rotational diet is a food/dietary plan that encourages rotating your foods based on food families and constituents in a way that your pupper gets everything they need over a certain period. In other words we will work on rotating your dog’s source of protein, vitamins & minerals, essential oils, along with the nature of food.
Talking about your dog's food, let’s take one myth away first-hand – NOT all kibbles are bad! In fact, most kibbles are scientifically composed for dogs’s biological requirements and a lot of them work wonderfully well. Plus, they do have their benefits of being economical, time saving and we can trust the nutritional value in it. However, the problem still remains of the same taste and composition of the kibble throughout the lifespan for the dog.
That's precisely where Rotational Diet comes to the rescue. Let’s look at some of the major benefits of rotational diet for your doggie:
1. Rotational diet will help your dog enjoy and absorb wide array of taste and ingredients.
Rotating diet will expose your dogs to nutrients and vitamins he might be missing out on. It will activate his taste buds, allowing him to enjoy different tastes of vegetables, fruits with different mixtures.
Honestly, in the era of Food bloggers, it’s almost cruel to let our canines simply eat the same kibble for all the meals. Consuming different food will cover the need of different nutrients and vitamins. Digesting different foods will let canine’s digestive system to be to flexible and less sensitive.
2. Your dog will be not be losing interest in their meals.
Even if the current kibble or home cooked meal is favorite food of your dog, rest assured s/he wouldn’t like to eat for all the meals. The boredom is inevitable, and then changing the food would be more of a hassle.
By the way, did I tell you your pupper’s physical and mental health is greatly dependent on their diet. Wouldn’t It be great if he enjoys different food and is excited at every meal.
3. No more missing out on nutrients.
There is a high possibility that your current kibble diet might miss out on certain nutrients, for example a kibble with lamb as a chief source of protein might lack omega fatty acids. Hence, if you do not rotate the diet and feed the same kibble there are chances your might have defenses in the same respect. Conversely, if the protein content and phosphorus content is higher in the current diet, it can exceed the the required amount of the same. Therefore, rotational diet is a balanced way of taking proper care of your doggie.
4. Yours dog will never run out of food.
Over the last year, and even earlier, some brands often run out of specific foods. For dogs who are fussy eaters or the ones who have only been on a single kibble all their lives, it can be a nightmare. Rotational diet will let you have different food of different varieties, and ensure that you would always have something wholesome for your dog. You wouldn’t be simply dependent on one brand’s particular flavour profile.
5. Keep your budget in check
Sometimes we buy low quality food as it is much more economical but in all honesty, there is nothing worse we can do for our doggos than to give them substandard food. Rotational diel allows you to mix better quality kibble with home cooked recipes and thus saves your costs while still providing the best possible nutrition for your dog.
Now the how? How do we incorporate rotational diet into our dog’s life. To work on rotational diet, we must first understand which all elements we can rotate with and how often. There are 4 kinds of foods normally used with Dogs
- Dry Kibble,
- Raw &
- Home cooked
Depending upon your specific Doggie, you should create a pattern of how to mix between these on an ongoing basis. In an ideal case, you should have minimum 2 dry food choices, 1-2 gravy choices, 1 raw food and 2-3 Home cooked recipes that you can rotate between. Gravy can normally be given along with one of the other 3 options so you can keep that as a top up only. Do not give them with white rice or chapatis to your gorgeous woofer for a multitude of reasons we will not go into in this writeup.
In dry foods, you will need to find the right mix for your dog depending upon the food’s compositions so you are able to provide them with the required nutrients. Our website now provides a detailed look at each food's constituents which you can see on doggietheapp.com
To execute the Dry food rotation, you could either buy 2 packs of different compositions together or buy them alternatively. If you have DoggieTheApp, you can simply subscribe to both and get them delivered alternatively or together, thus saving on wondering what is next! To know more on how to subscribe and its benefits, click here.
For the gravy, raw and home cooked variation, you can create a weekly calender of how many meals would consist of those. It is highly recommended that add vegetables in the diet and rotate amongst them as well. These also depend upon the specific breed you have and their age, as certain foods work better on certain dogs.
We understand, there would more questions about rotational diet and how to implement it. Please feel free to speak to our internationally certified pet nutritionist to create wholesome and delicious meal plans for your best furrend. Request for a free nutrition session here.
PS - Always understand your dog’s eating patterns and stool formation after the changes in the diet. If your dog is very sensitive to adaption always consult a vet before incorporating the rotational diet in the life.