Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Food mixing versus rotating AND the Grain Free debate....

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Newfoundland
    Posts
    289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Food mixing versus rotating AND the Grain Free debate....

    Hi all,

    I know food choices have been discussed at length here, but I wanted to start a new thread to discuss the benefits of mixing food types rather than rotating frequently as well as the pros and cons of grain-free.

    I currently feed both dogs Fromm adult gold mixed with fromm four star grain-free surf & turf. I also supplement their food with salmon oil and some veggies and fruit. There hasnt been any negative side affects to this food mix, but both of their coats are rather dry and since we're getting to the end of a big bag I was thinking its time to switch it up. I want to make sure that they are getting different types of meats and have been leaning towards going totally grain-free, but also dont want to overdo it on the protein.

    After doing a lot of research I was thinking of doing a 3-way mix of Orijen 6 fish, Fromm grain-free game bird, and fromm four star nutritionals to round it out with a little bit of grains. That way they are getting several types of fish as well as several types of poultry. If I go this way the food will probably last about 4-6 months before it all runs out. They will be getting the same mix every day (with added fruits/veg) but at least it will include lots of variety of nutrients.

    What are your thoughts on protein amounts in grain-free foods? As long as they arent corn/wheat based, are foods with grains okay?

    I know this is a very controversial topic but I would like to hear from those who feed dry kibble as the main diet source.
    Courtney
    Lady (1.5 year old tricolour) & Gracie (4 year old blenheim)
    "Happiness is a warm puppy" - Charles M. Schulz

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Brisbane, Australia
    Posts
    290
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I am not sure if you would really call it dry kibble, but i feed Kokoda ziwipeak.
    http://www.ziwipeak.com/
    It is a strange kind of dried biscuit, like a soft jerky almost. it is hard to describe!

    I do not mix the two flavours because i don't like to have two separate bags open at the same time.
    As a result of this i just rotate through the flavours.

    I don't see why mixing the kibble would be a bad thing at all, i just feel like i would get a bit
    bored from eating the same thing every day for six months, so i like to change it for Kokoda.

    I recently decided to try a grain free food to put into the rotation as it was cheaper,
    however he really didn't do as well on it and lost a bit of his coat shine.
    I would be happy to try a new one as I feel like they are good foods.

    In regards to the protein amounts, that didn't bother me as I have a VERY active little cavalier. Kokoda is constantly running around so i figured some extra protein wouldn't be too bad, however i have had some people say their less active dogs didn't cope too well with the extra amount of protein.

    I regards to the foods with grains, i am not a huge fan of them as the dogs don't actually digest the grains, they are essentially useless.
    And are not nutritionally beneficial.
    Plus then there is more waste that comes from the other end that you have to pick up!
    (That is one of the benefits of grain free foods!)

    Though this is all my current personal opinion after lots of research.
    I had a dog that lived to be 14 on grain foods, so they aren't all that bad.

    What you feed your dog is really a personal choice
    ~ Kokoda - Ruby - DOB 26/02/2011, Deniki - Tricolour - DOB 17/02/2013 and RIPAnzac ~

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    518
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I also think it is simply what works for you dog. I have to feed Rose grain free, no or very low chicken, and no potatoes, etc. (common starches, essentially!), because of allergies, so she gets Back to Basics Turkey. Our boxer, on the other hand, can't take how rich the BtB is apparently, so we are switching her to Wellness Core Reduced Fat (I believe it's grain free, too) because she needs the starches and fiber. My parents' dog can only eat Pedigree, otherwise it messes with her tummy. And one of my cats needs a high calorie (she's elderly-16 this year), kidney friendly, fish FREE foods- so she's munching down the Science Diet Sensitive Stomach that is full of corn and doing well for several years. *shrugs* Don't sweat it too badly .

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    482
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I never thought of mixing food, interesting idea. I think if it works for your dog then great. Two of my dogs have sensitive stomachs so when I switch food I have to do it gradually and watch their stools. I rotate food every three-four months.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Yorktown, Virginia USA
    Posts
    1,426
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I don't think there is another wrong with mixing high quality kibbles. I feed grain-free Wellness Core and fresh fruit and veggies thrown in and as treats, Fletcher will do anything for a strawberry or baby carrot I always buy the same favor kibble just out of habit and the fact I know Fletcher eats it up so for me its like why fix what works. I basically choose Wellness Core because that is what my sister and brother-in-law feed their dogs (my brother in law is a vet and my sister is VERY nutritionally aware/we call her the family food police) I did some of my own research on the whole grain-free issue and decided to go with that. I do not give any supplements either. I do give Fletcher canned pumpkin from time to time when he gets the "puppy tummy" and it works like a charm. Its a shame I think I feed Fletcher better than I feed my kids LOL

    My only issue/problem would be food storage can you feed off the same bag for months and store it???????????
    Melissa
    "If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."
    -Roger Caras

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NB, Canada
    Posts
    77
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I like the orijen / acana brand, its made in canada, uses human grade protein. Orijen has no grains, Acana uses oats and less protein than Orijen but are made by the same company.
    Michele
    RIP Molly

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Newfoundland
    Posts
    289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MomObvious View Post
    My only issue/problem would be food storage can you feed off the same bag for months and store it???????????
    I think I exaggerated a bit with 4-6 months, its probably more like 3-4. But I use one of those big tupperware containers with an easy-lift lid. I usually mix half a bag of each, seal the leftovers in the bags back up with duct tape and store it in a cool-dry area. I think it keeps the food fresh enough, the girls never hesitate to eat it! And I store my cereal in similar (smaller) containers and it stays fresh for months so thats my rationale! I dont live in a humid or hot area though so I think that helps the food stay fresher.


    I think I will mix the three types with only 1 with grains. Im hestitant to give them entirely grain-free since Gracie has a thyroid problem and puts on weight rather easily, if I went grain-free I'd have to cut her food down even more and the poor girl only gets just over half a cup a day as it is.
    Courtney
    Lady (1.5 year old tricolour) & Gracie (4 year old blenheim)
    "Happiness is a warm puppy" - Charles M. Schulz

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •