Can Your Dog Get Tired of Eating the Same Food Over and Over?
Ever gotten yourself into a situation where you had to eat the same food day and night, for about five days? You know, you prepared a boat load of lasagna, and now you don’t want it to go to waste, so you just keep devouring it, all day every day? By the end of the 5th day, even the thought of something as delicious as lasagna makes you want to throw up, and you vow to yourself never to make it again. Now think about your dog; why should he be any different?
The majority of dogs out there feed on the same flavor and brand of canine food every day. Sure, they miss a meal now and then but by in large most dogs will be stuck with the same food over and over again, and that’s just depressing. Not only does this become boring for them, but it can also impact their overall health. Think about it: how would your body react if you had to eat only cereal or chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day? Just like humans, dogs also need a variety of nutrients from different foods and varying tastes. Like us, they also tend to get sick of things and what is worse is that they cannot even protest.
However, it is your duty as a responsible dog parent to make sure that your dog does not eat the same food. What you need to do is bring small doses of various dishes or present your dog with different flavored canine food every other day.
At the same time, this doesn’t mean that you have to feed your dog lamb steaks every day and other similar fancy food, you just need to offer him variety and changing tastes once in a while. Luckily, you do not need to do that on a daily basis since dogs can manage to eat the same food better than humans. Remember that too much change, or too frequent change, can upset the digestive system of your pet and cause problems like diarrhea and vomiting.
However, there are times when changing a dog’s diet becomes necessary. The two most important times are when you go from puppy food to adult dog food, and when you switch from adult food to senior dog food. Another instance when you will need to change your dog’s diet is when he has an adverse reaction to a certain food or food substance.
If you notice that your dog enjoys new and different food, then you should add in wet food and extra flavors to their meals. Keep an eye out for signs of diarrhea or looseness over this time, which can be an indication that the new ingredients or nutrient levels are not suiting him.
When you do change your canine’s food, it is ideal to bring in the change gradually instead of all at once. Mix the new food with the old food for over a period of seven to fourteen days, and slowly increase the amount of new food while reducing the quantity of old food until you are just feeding your dog new food.
If your dog has allergies or regularly suffers from an upset stomach, then you will need to be stricter about giving him a variety of foods. In particular, you will have to make sure that all his food is hypoallergenic, including any extras and treats.