It is an almost ageless axiom that tells us that human beings cannot live “on bread alone”. Variety is, after all, the spice of life. That sentiment is echoed by most doctors, who recommend a well-rounded diet, in hopes of staving off a well-rounded body. Consuming all things in moderation is a notion that dates back to at least St. Thomas Aquinas. Why, then, should your dog’s diet be any different?
Mix Things Up
Many pet owners will latch onto a particular brand of food and stick with that for the entirety of their pet’s existence. That’s not only boring for your canine friend, it’s not exactly healthy, either. A dog is much better off getting a cross section of food products, not just lamb or chicken exclusively. Your dog will also appreciate the change-up just from the standpoint of taste (not that dogs are known for being fussy in general).
An Acquired Taste
That’s not to say that you should feed your dog junk food (also known as canned food). Dry food – with a few brightly-colored soft-serve exceptions – is the healthier option. All of the information is broken down on the packaging as far as protein and fat content. “High-pro” food is generally that which provides 21 percent protein or more; most dog foods found on store shelves have a protein content of 18 percent. Purina, Science Diet, Iams and Eukanuba are foods that are comparably priced and good for your dog.
It’s also important to phase your dog from one bag of food to the next one rather than waiting until every last nugget has been drained from one before opening the next. That can sometimes put the dog off, so it’s best to blend them from one to the next over the course of a few days. That will make the transition seamless, and will keep your furry friend from fasting.