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Changing Food Questions

Hi All,

Audrey started on puppy organix dry kibble and at about 8 months I gradually switched her over to taste of the wild's high prairie dry dog food, which she is still one at one years old.

That said, here are my questions regarding changing food:
1) most dog foods have different flavors of food. for example, TOTW has the high prairie kind that has roasted bison and venison and the sierra mountain kind that has roasted lamb, sweet potato and peas, etc... When switching flavors within the same brand, is this considered "changing dog food" where we should gradually change the food over the next several weeks by mixing the old food and the new food?

2) I want to try a different brand of food for Audrey and already have some brands in mind. How often do you change dog food brands within a year or a given span of time? If you stick to the same brand like Fromm from example but switch up the flavors for your dog just for variety's sake or should we just keep feeding her the same brand / flavor of kibble for the rest of their lives?

Please let me know if my questions are confusing so I can clarify.

Thanks in advance!
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I feed Fromm Grain-Free and purchase a different protein (flavor variety) ever time I buy a new bag of food. The dogs do not have any ill effects from the changing of favors. That said none of my dogs suffer from any allergies and are healthy. They also rarely have any tummy upsets so I don't really have to be especially careful.

Update: I tired of Leo's streaky eating, general disinterest in food and the difficulty in training since his interest in foods/treats was limited. He lost a couple pounds and since he doesn't weigh all that much I decided it was time for a change. I tried Ziwipeak Air-Dried and he loves it. Now I can use his daily ration of food as training treats. It is a small portion size but seems to satisfy him so I will continue to feed this way for now. My other 3 dogs are remaining on Fromm Grain-Free as they do well on it and really seem to like it.



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I personally don't believe in feeding a dog the same food all of it's life. No food is perfect and may be too high or low in certain nutrients which might cause a problem over time. So I think changing brands as well as flavors is a good idea. When a dog eats the same thing all the time, his digestive system gets used to it and then can have difficulty adapting to new food. Changing gradually over a 2 week period should be fine. If you see any digestive difficulty along the way, add more old, less new and slow it down.
I feed Riley canned and commercially prepared raw and I rotate brands and flavors with every package. I've done this since he was about 6 months old and he never has any trouble switching now.
TOTW is manufactured buy Diamond which has a history of recalls and poor inspection results. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/0.../#.Uhjx1uDFXUQ

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my hav eats Acana, and when i change between the flavours I do 1/2 and 1/2 for a few days for the 1st time - but once shes been on a flavour once, can do a complete switch the next time.

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I've recently switched my 6 year old Coton, and my Havanese puppy to Ziwipeak; I've tried to do it slowly, by mixing in with their old food and trying to increase the proportion of new to old gradually, but they just leave the old food. There seem to be no ill effects, so it's been incredibly easy and at LAST they are both eating properly; I vary between the venison and the lamb Ziwipeak and they both really seem to work well. Hooray! If anyone out there uses Ziwipeak are you happy with the recommended quantity? It seem so incredibly little! I worry that they are not getting enough food, but imagine that, if they are leaving their old food in the bowl then they can't be starving?!
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I would love to do ziwipeak - maybe when i am rich one day... but for now will be upgrading from taste of the wild to fromm! Everyone - thank you so much for responding. Such simple answers provide great peace of mind =)
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We've also just switched to Ziwipeak and Sammy devours it. I also wonder about the quantity because he eats the recommended amount so fast and always seems to be looking for more. However he likes it so much that I think he would just eat as much as was available to the point of making himself sick if I let him!


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We've also just switched to Ziwipeak and Sammy devours it. I also wonder about the quantity because he eats the recommended amount so fast and always seems to be looking for more. However he likes it so much that I think he would just eat as much as was available to the point of making himself sick if I let him!


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For Leo I have been measuring out his daily portion and using it throughout the day as training treats. The couple times I have just wanted to feed him I have split the days portion into 4 parts then fed one part and about 15-20 minutes later fed part 2 then in the evening fed parts 3 and 4 the same way. He seems more satisfied that way rather than wolfing down the whole meal in 2-3 minutes.


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Good thinking!! Will do that tomorrow!


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I would love to do ziwipeak - maybe when i am rich one day... but for now will be upgrading from taste of the wild to fromm! Everyone - thank you so much for responding. Such simple answers provide great peace of mind =)
I honestly don't think it is that expensive, ox3pxo; if you look at the recommended daily quantities you need to give, they are TINY! It is concentrated protein and complex carbohydrate and you do not need the relatively large amounts that you serve if you are including lots of wheat and other grain in the diet; consequently, another bonus is that you get MUCH smaller, firmer poo. You don't need to spend any more whatsoever on supplements, which can be incredibly expensive. Have a look at the ziwipeak website and they tell you there - go to ziwipeak.com and there's a pdf quantity chart, and everything you need to know about why it is so good. I'm beginning to sound like a shareholder and I promise I'm not!!! I know there are cheaper dog foods out there but if you factor in the potential cost of any health issues, I really think this food, or other comparable high end products (I'm sure Fromm is good, and Orijen is, too) are worth the money. In my case there's an added bonus in seeing my picky dogs enjoy eating. The treats are good too, if you break them up much smaller than they come in the packet. Cuba had slightly weepy eyes when I got her, and until I changed her diet. That has completely gone now, and although it might be nothing to do with getting her off gluten and all grains, I have a feeling that that could have been part of the problem - haven't done a careful enough comparison and I don't really want to mess with the success I seem to be having at the moment by testing it with going back to the old diet!

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