It's almost time to buy Cabana a new bag of dog food, but I've got a question. Is it good to vary brands or varieties, or is it best to stick to the same food all the time?
At first, I thought switching was a big no-no. I heard it upsets dogs' stomachs, dogs don't need variety, only people do, etc. But now I keep seeing articles about how it's good to change things up, saying that variety provides more rounded nutrition, since no one dog food has everything. Also, they say it's nice for the dog to be able to try different tastes, instead of eating the same thing forever and ever.
Variety sounds fun, but I also don't want to upset Cabana's stomach. Of course, I wouldn't switch back and forth on a daily or weekly basis. I'm thinking I'd switch varieties after maybe every 2-3 bags. And I would transition her to the new food slowly over the course of a week.
Cabana has been eating lamb and rice her whole life. She has had occasional chicken, beef, and duck treats, and none of them seem to trigger allergies or other problems. She isn't picky and eats anything I give her. (With one exception--I gave her a small piece of raw asparagus when I was cooking dinner the other night, and she refused it. It was a first! Maybe she instinctively knows it will make her pee smell funny.)