Rotational Feeding & Transitioning Recipes
ACANA Dog & Cat Foods
With all of the different kinds of pet foods out there, and growing interest in how and what to feed our pets, it’s important to research and get the facts so you can make the best choice for your pet. Both rotational feeding and transitioning foods are becoming more popular, and both offer a range of nutritional benefits. Some dogs may be more prone to gastrointestinal upsets, so food changes can sometimes be difficult. By adding in a new food slowly, and by transitioning slowly, you can help your pet avoid the discomfort of stomach issues as much as possible.
Rotational feeding refers to a diet rotation that provides pets with regular food changes. This can be as simple as changing a dog’s food every other bag or switching meal to meal. How often, how quickly, and how drastically to switch a dog’s food depends on their stomach sensitivity to different types or proteins and to change in general. For example, you may have a diet-sensitive pet who can only have certain proteins, or a choosy eater who gets bored with their everyday kibble.
Feeding a rotational diet exposes dogs to a broader range of proteins and flavors and can help prevent food sensitivities from developing. For those pets who do have food sensitivities, ACANA Singles are an ideal option for rotational feeding, since all diets contain a single animal protein, including free-run turkey or duck, Yorkshire pork, grass-fed lamb, or ranch-raised beef, each complemented with nourishing, farm-fresh produce, whether it’s fibre-rich pumpkin or squash, healthy greens, or tasty apple or pear.
For pets who don’t have sensitivities, ACANA Regionals are a great option. With each recipe inspired by different regions, you can offer a fish-based diet with Wild Atlantic, Appalachian Ranch which is rich in red meat, Prairie Poultry’s easily digestible poultry and fish combination, or the unique blend in ACANA Grasslands of grass-fed lamb with wild-caught fish and free-run poultry. Completely balanced to be fed alone and excellent options for rotational feeding, both Singles and Regionals offer the opportunity to rotate between diets within the same brand or lineup of foods.
Transitional feeding means making sure a pet’s switch to a new diet goes as smoothly as possible. A pet with a sensitive stomach might experience gas, bloating, or diarrhea, so a slow, gradual transition from their current diet onto a new recipe is the best way to go. Over the course of a week, slowly add in the new recipe to the current one. For example, for the first few days, have the bowl about 25% new food and 75% current food. See how your pet does with this new addition and alter how much of the new recipe is in the bowl if necessary. A few days later, make it 50/50. If your pet is doing well and enjoying the new food, increase the new food inclusion to 75%, and then fully transition to the new recipe.
Proper feeding and nutrition are vital to making sure your pet is healthy and happy. New flavours and proteins can keep them interested, and a diet with one animal protein can be a welcome comfort to a pet with food allergies or sensitivities.
If you’re interested in rotational feeding or are thinking about transitioning your pet to a new food, check out ACANA’s lineups of Biologically Appropriate, richly nourishing recipes. With a diverse variety of recipes and ingredients, there’s an ACANA diet for every pet.