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Old 09-18-2013, 01:22 PM
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I don't do a deliberate rotation. But we try a random assortment of brands and flavors. Sometimes I just get bored of buying the same food lol I like to try different things. I always switch cold turkey.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:44 PM
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How many people do rotation diets? Have they worked? How many/what brands do you rotate through? How often? Do you switch cold turkey or do it gradually?
We do! I've been doing this for years and I adore it.

Before we added Pan (last summer), we just rotated whichever brand was on sale and of good quality (with or without grain). But, Pan has not been doing well on any of the grain-in foods we've bought, and he did absolutely terrible on Canidae Grain Free. Terrible. He also didn't do too well on TOTW.

Now (after Pan), we do Grain Free only - my absolute favorite is Merrick, then Holistic Select. We're trying out Blue Buffalo now and it's alright but not my favorite. I would ideally like to have 3 grain free foods available, one of which is for sure available at huge chain stores (we travel A LOT).

We usually buy 4-6 bags of the same food but different flavors, and then switch. Cold turkey. Obviously we go through a lot of food, about a bag a week (of 24-32 lb bags), or it might be about 1.5 weeks a bag.

The cats also get rotated but we switch every bag.

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I mainly do it to get proper nutrition and levels, and that way they can eat something even if there's some kind of recall and/or food is unavailable.
This is also why I do it. I also like knowing my dogs' guts are pretty well able to handle changes. My dogs also get table scraps of whatever I happen to be eating (lately apples and chicken), random treats I think look fun to buy (usually also of good quality but I bought Kastle stinky Beggin' Strips today because they make him happy), food roll, hot dogs, string cheese, and we do raw as well.

My puppies I introduce to this sort of thing slowly though, I stick to one brand for quite awhile with the babies, and usually 1-2 kinds of treats and then slowly add things - just to make sure if allergies/sickness etc, I know what the heck they've been getting. The number of things Eden has eaten is very high and she's never sick.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:51 PM
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I switch through the different Acana/Orijen flavours, if I didn't live so close to one of the plants I might use other brands, but its always fresh and easy to get so we stick to them, but we feed all the flavours.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:05 PM
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whatever is high quality, grain free, and on sale.
Pretty much this, except sometimes I'll feed grain-inclusive if it's high quality and a good deal - like the Go! that was on sale, or the By Nature Logan's on now.

Only down side is it makes it difficult to try to find a novel protein/carb source if you suspect food allergies down the line.
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