Offering your dog a varied diet

Variety is not only the spice of life, it is also the key to any healthy diet and that goes for your dog’s diet too! So if you're feeding your dog the same kibble day in and day out, it's time to think about giving your best friend a bit more of a varied diet and he or she will thank you for it!

Varied Diet for Dogs

Like humans, dogs bodies appreciate different sources of nutrition, and like ours, their taste buds also enjoy changes on their palate. So how do you successfully offer a varied diet that is balance, nutritious and convenient? There is more than one way to do it, we'll take a look at the options and how to incorporate them into your dog's meals below.

One method involves buying commercially prepared top-quality dog food products (whether canned, frozen or dry) and rotating them. You should keep the number of calories consistent though, so make sure you read the labels. According to leading veterinarians, this approach will ensure your dog gets the right balance of nutrients while enjoying variety.

Dog owners may also opt to prepare a varied diet at home where they can creatively combine meats, vegetables and grains to serve up something doggy delicious. If you're going to go this route it is best to consult a qualified dog nutritionist to ensure that you are preparing nutritionally balanced meals according to your dog's needs.

Also, follow these 5 easy steps to safely and successfully incorporating a varied diet into your dog's menu.

  • Select different main ingredients – switch up a chicken and rice diet with beef and barley or another suitable combination.
  • Changing brands is perfectly fine and you should be able to rotate different brands and formulas provided that they have the same caloric values and are high quality products.
  • Make regular rotations – this is especially significant if you're buying commercially prepared dog food, so consider purchasing a new flavour every time you shop.
  • Make transitions between foods slowly over a period of one week.
  • Keep an eye on portion sizes and caloric values of these as they may differ between foods and brands. Always keep caloric values consistent to avoid weight fluctuations in your dog.

If you can't offer a varied diet on a regular basis, occasionally add something extra to your dog's meal to give him a different taste and to satisfy cravings.