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The Benefits and How-To Guide to Rotational Feeding for Dogs


4 June 2024



Are you seeking to enrich your dog’s nutrition and keep mealtime engaging? Consider rotational feeding! In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the benefits of rotational feeding for dogs and provide you with an easy-to-follow how-to guide.

What is Rotational Feeding for Dogs?

Rotational feeding involves regularly switching between various high-quality foods, like different protein sources (chicken, beef, fish, duck) and food forms (canned, freeze-dried). This not only diversifies your dog’s diet but also fosters a healthier gut microbiome, promoting overall well-being.

The Benefits of Rotational Feeding for Dogs

  • Variety and Boredom Prevention: Rotational feeding adds excitement and variety to your dog’s meals, preventing mealtime boredom and enhancing overall enjoyment.
  • Healthier Digestion: Variety encourages a healthier gut microbiome, reducing food intolerances and digestive issues.
  • Prevention of Food Allergies: Rotational feeding reduces the risk of developing allergies or sensitivities to specific ingredients by exposing dogs to a variety of proteins and other food components.

How to Create a Rotational Feeding Plan for Your Dog

Creating a rotational feeding plan for your dog involves careful consideration of their nutritional needs and preferences. Here are the steps to get you started:

  • Research high-quality food options: Look into reputable dog food brands, such as Nutrience SubZero, which offer various protein sources and formulations and prioritizes real meat and natural ingredients, while avoiding artificial additives, fillers, and sweeteners. Stick within the same sub-brand to reduce the risk of digestive issues, as only the main proteins change while the overall formula stays consistent. For instance, transitioning from Prairie Red, containing beef, pork, bison, and wild boar, to Canadian Pacific, made with wild-caught fish like salmon, cod, sole, and rockfish. 
  • Determine the frequency of rotation: Choose how often you’ll switch your dog’s food, whether weekly or monthly, finding a schedule that suits both you and your pet.
  • Introduce new foods gradually: Start rotational feeding gradually to prevent digestive issues. Here’s a schedule to transition your dog’s diet:
  • Monitor your dog’s response: Pay attention to any signs of digestive upset like diarrhea or vomiting. Consult your veterinarian if any issues arise for the best course of action.

Tips For Successful Rotational Feeding

  • Gradually transition between foods: Take your time when introducing new foods to allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust. Monitor their response closely and make adjustments as needed.
  • Maintain portion control: It’s important to monitor your dog’s weight and adjust portion sizes accordingly. Rotational feeding does not mean overfeeding, so be mindful of your dog’s calorie intake. Use our food calculator to determine the appropriate amount of food for your dog.
  • Incorporate variety in other ways: In addition to rotating foods, you can also introduce variety through treats, or toppers. This adds further enrichment to your dog’s diet.

Can I Practice Rotational Feeding if My Dog Has Allergies?

If your dog has known food allergies, it’s crucial to choose proteins that are safe for them. Opt for SubZero Limited Ingredient diets and Freeze-Dried Raw Food which both feature a single animal protein. These formulas simplify the process of identifying potential allergens and minimize the risk of food-related allergic reactions. By selecting proteins that your dog tolerates well, you can still incorporate rotational feeding into their diet while ensuring their health and well-being. 

For instance, you could pair the Limited Ingredient Pork & Apple recipe with the Pork & Apple Freeze-Dried Raw[DT1] , both exclusively featuring pork as the single protein source.Rotational feeding can enhance your dog’s nutrition, prevent allergies, promote healthy digestion, and manage weight. With careful planning and monitoring, your dog will thrive on a diverse diet. So why wait? Start incorporating rotational feeding into your dog’s routine and watch them.


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