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I know it isn't good to switch foods suddenly, but I also read that the little guys need variety. How do I achieve both? I have a dry food he eats regularly. Occasionally we sprinkle a little parmesean cheese for a different taste. Can I give him a meal of other brand of food or even some raw without upsetting his tummy? Have been thinking of trying some Fromm dry as a change of pace.
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You can give him a LITTLE bit of what ever is left over from your meals. I use pork, beef, soup etc in their kibble sometimes.
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I think some dogs handle variety better than others so it depends. My Lilo handles changes very well and so did my previous chi Coco. I could give them something different for each meal without problems. On the other hand, my mum's chihuahua has a sensitive tummy and is terrible with different foods/changes. I don't know if it's because I got mine used to all sorts of foods since they were very young, by always giving them bits and pieces of our human food if they can have it (I also feed raw + ziwipeak). My mum's chihuahua never ate anything other than her kibble so maybe she's too used to that and can't handle new things. I know some people give different flavours of whatever brand of dog food they're feeding and some feed a few different foods. Some also feed kibble, but give a raw meal once in a while to add variety and for teeth health. I guess you could start by adding a bit of another food (dog or human food) to his kibble, see how it goes and take it from there.

I read an article about this the other day. They were saying that dogs, being scavengers, should technically be able to handle a big variety of foods. In the wild, they wouldn't eat the same thing meal after meal so physiologically they're supposed to be made to handle constant changes. And that it's commercial dog food companies fault for promoting this idea that they can't... to have loyal customers, to force people into buying the same food over and over. And I suppose after eating one food every day for a long time, they become sensitive to changes. Well I'm just blabbering, but I thought it was interesting.
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I read an article about this the other day. They were saying that dogs, being scavengers, should technically be able to handle a big variety of foods. In the wild, they wouldn't eat the same thing meal after meal so physiologically they're supposed to be made to handle constant changes. And that it's commercial dog food companies fault for promoting this idea that they can't... to have loyal customers, to force people into buying the same food over and over. And I suppose after eating one food every day for a long time, they become sensitive to changes. Well I'm just blabbering, but I thought it was interesting.
That is interesting, and makes perfect sense to me. You don't remember the title of the article and where you got it from, by any chance? I'd like to read it. I was looking at a piece on dog nutrition the other day that claimed you shouldn't give dogs raw food because they, and the humans in the household, would be at risk of salmonella poisoning, and that they'd choke on bone splinters. (in other words, if they were given raw food they would die!) It was only on reading the small print that the author was identified as a rep of one of the big dog food brands.
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Unfortunately I didn't save the link and deleted my history yesterday. I tried to find it again quickly, but can't remember what I had typed to land on it. I'll try to find it later.

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It was only on reading the small print that the author was identified as a rep of one of the big dog food brands.
Surprise surprise! I read so many articles saying raw feeding is dangerous and life threatening too. I guess they know a lot of people won't look into it and will take what they read as fact, especially when it comes from so called experts like vets. I admit before joining this forum, I never thought about feeding raw because those scare tactics really work.
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No, I didn't either. I had completely bought the line that processed foods were the best for dogs because they were nutritionally balanced. Now I see how healthy Frodo is on a Ziwipeak/raw diet: how much energy he has, and how glossy and sleek his coat is, I wonder why I didn't think of it before. After all, I don't eat processed food myself, so why did I think it was the best for my dog?
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I know it isn't good to switch foods suddenly, but I also read that the little guys need variety. How do I achieve both? I have a dry food he eats regularly. Occasionally we sprinkle a little parmesean cheese for a different taste. Can I give him a meal of other brand of food or even some raw without upsetting his tummy? Have been thinking of trying some Fromm dry as a change of pace.
One way is to switch flavors within the same brand of kibble. Every time we buy a new bag we get a different flavor. Also, we give a few meals of raw every so often for dental health and for variety as well.

I wonder too how much dogs actually can tolerate switching foods. When we were switching Ella to Fromm, she would pick out the Fromm and leave her awful Purina she ate before coming to us. So, basically she switched herself without any transition. She didn't have any tummy trouble. I've also never had trouble with Chloe when we've swapped her food before.


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No, I didn't either. I had completely bought the line that processed foods were the best for dogs because they were nutritionally balanced. Now I see how healthy Frodo is on a Ziwipeak/raw diet: how much energy he has, and how glossy and sleek his coat is, I wonder why I didn't think of it before. After all, I don't eat processed food myself, so why did I think it was the best for my dog?
Yeah same here. I'm a bit of a health freak who reads a lot about nutrition so I don't understand why I didn't question what my pets were eating before. It's scary how commercial pet food companies have managed to convince everyone. Coco had so much energy and ran so fast after switching to raw that people at the park asked me "what on earth do you feed that dog?!!". lol
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