Why Consider Changing Dog Food Within The Same Brand?
Generally speaking, it wouldn’t matter much whether you switch to a different brand or just to a different flavor/type within the same brand. Either way, the ingredients will likely be quite different.
The first and foremost rule, in either case, should be the actual quality of the food. If you believe your current brand offers high enough quality across all its different types of food – stick with it. However, if the very reason for the switch is the low quality of the food then obviously, changing dog food within the same brand is a bad idea.
My Dog Doesn’t Want To Eat At All – What To Do and Should I Wait?
On rare occasions, a dog may refuse to touch its new food even if it’s mixed in a 10/90 ratio with the dog’s old food. Canines do have strong noses, after all. In such a situation, waiting a bit can work as your dog may surrender after a couple of meals without eating.
This leads to another question – how long should you wait if your dog is extra stubborn? How long can dogs go without eating? Hypothetically, a dog can go without food for 3 to 5 days without any major health problems. However, that’s generally too risky. Going over 48 hours without food can – rarely – lead to some health issues. So, waiting 48 hours or 4 meals is generally acceptable.
Do keep in mind, however, that your dog may start looking for food elsewhere. Usually, this means going through the trash can or trying to open the fridge.
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Changing Dog Food Within The Same Brand – The Why, When, And How
Some people like to rotate their dog’s food, either using the same brand and different formulas or several different brands. You may have wondered if this is a good idea or not. Afterall, there are a couple of dog food companies that recommend it. Here are some thoughts about this practice.
Taste of the Wild and Orijen, two good dog food brands, recommend rotating your dog’s food if you feed their brands. These are both grain-free foods that are high in meat protein. According to their reasoning, when you rotate foods (among their brands, respectively – they don’t seem to encourage you to buy another company’s dog food), you will be giving your dog different amino acids, which is desirable. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins and different meat proteins can have slightly different amino acids. Again, according to these companies, in the wild a wolf/dog would be eating different kinds of prey and thus getting many different kinds of amino acids in his diet.