There are several reasons why you shouldn’t feed your dog the same food every day. Let’s start with the obvious. Would you want to eat the same thing, every day for the rest of your life? I doubt it and neither does your dog!
Putting aside the boredom factor; it’s also not a wise decision when it comes to your best friend’s health. Like people, dog’s too need variety in their diet. By providing your dog with a mix of different foods, he or she will get a mixture of nutrients that can’t be found in just one food source.
I don’t mean to simply give your dog a variety of different kibble formula’s. In fact, I don’t recommend that any dog eat kibble without being supplemented by other healthier foods, if at all.
It’s essential to not only feed your dog variety, but incorporate a nice selection of healthy foods in the mix.
Here’s What I Do For My Own Dogs
Many of you already know that I prefer and highly recommend feeding dehydrated dog food formulas. These types of foods are the base of my dogs daily diet.
They eat Grandma Lucy’s and The Honest Kitchen and I rotate between the two each day. I also recommend feeding dogs raw and including it in with the variety of foods you’re feeding daily.
My dogs used to eat Answers prepared raw food each morning, but I now prepare my own raw. If your schedule is a little tight, feeding a prepared raw might be a better option for you.
This just means that the manufacturer has already added all the necessary vitamins and minerals to the raw food, so that you don’t have to like you would if you were preparing a raw diet for your dog yourself.
Then after dinner each day, I give them something different as well. An example would be a scrambled egg with a little sardine (canned in water, not oil or anything else). Or, depending what we have for dinner, I even give them A LITTLE left overs. Nothing fried, greasy or fatty EVER!
You should practice “clean eating” for your dog.
People have this misconception that dogs shouldn’t eat human food. I’m not quite sure where that came from, but I’m positive that it has a whole lot to do with the large dog food manufacturers and marketing tactics. Regardless, it’s just not true.
You can and should give your dog a variety of different foods and of course you should ALWAYS rotate the protein (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.). I also give my own dogs a tablespoon of Vinegar (must be organic and include the Mother) each morning with their raw food.
The vinegar can really help with dogs who have a sensitive stomach.
So, provide a blend of proteins, carbs (healthy carbs occasionally), fats and fiber. By providing a nice assortment of foods from these four food groups and making sure that he gets more protein than anything else; you’ll be doing your dog a big favor.