Occasionally something I’ve accepted as a given — and which has been confirmed in respected places, including my own extremely well-researched book — strikes me as odd. That’s what happened when I contemplated changing Frankie over from one type of kibble to another. I remembered the so-called truism: You have to shift your dog’s diet gradually.
In this case I’m not talking about switching to a new product, one that Frankie’s never tried. I’m soon going to finish a bag of sample kibble and now I want to go back to a brand he’s enjoyed and did well on before.
But even if I was talking about a total switch — what’s the problem?
Are dogs’ constitutions delicate? I think not. Dogs eat poop, for heavens sake, without negative consequences.
Consider too: Dogs in the wild used to — and still do — scavenge to get scraps. I’d wager their diet changed on a regular basis, depending on what humans ate and discarded. Which is not the same every day, if we humans can help it.
So why should dogs eat the same thing every day — unless it’s for our convenience?
And I don’t care whether the diet we’re discussing is raw, freeze dried, or home cooked. As far as I know, advocates of those diets tend to feed their dogs the same thing every day — or switch them over gradually.
What am I missing? Why can’t you vary your dog’s diet — so long as you keep it healthy — or switch it quickly? I’d especially love links to/comments by nutritionists.