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Old 01-19-2013, 12:09 PM
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Why can't dogs eat a bit of everything - why do we need to transition?

Why is a dog,s system so different from ours? I read that their digestive track is shorter so it takes less time to digest but why should we only need to feed the same food every day?

Our food digests at different rates, steak takes longer than veggies I guess, but can't a dog switch between foods that they,ve already eated?

I try not to feed Panda table food and I'm doing a very slow transition from one Acana food to another. Once I'm done, could I not mix the foods at a later date since he's not reacted to either.

Can they not have a variety of foods once they've tried it all?
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A dog's system is the same. If you're a vegeterian for years and you eat steak you might be sick. Some dogs need transitions for new foods, some dogs don't. Once they've had the food it's fine to offer a variety. We feed Nyla the same kibble amd mix in some canned food and home cooked food.
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I try not to feed Panda table food and I'm doing a very slow transition from one Acana food to another.
Why and what are you planning on switching to?

EDIT: nevermind. At first I read your post and in my head it meant you were switching brands, but I see it's just a flavor switch.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:58 PM
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once you're to the point of 50/50 of the new and old food you can mix and match the two sure. Some dogs don't NEED a transition between flavors, and some rare cast iron stomach dogs don't need any transitions, but I've found those last to be few and far between.
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You don't need to feed that same food every day. Some say it is healthier if you don't however I would alternate not mix so your dog can have a variety. If the dog does not have stomach issues and does fine on both formulas I would switch every bag. I am sure your dog will appreciate the variety.
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When we get a foster dog in we often have no idea what he was eating, and if he comes with a sample he may have been eating it for only a day or two. I have had no problems with switching from kibble to raw chicken (bone in). This is with Boston terriers who are known for having sensitive systems. However, when you switch brands of commercial dog foods you are switching grains and possibly other vegetables. This is where your problems come in. Corn digests in a certain acidic environment. Wheat needs a different balance in the stomach. So going from a corn filled food to a corn and wheat, or to barley and rice is completely different and the dog's system needs to change what it puts into the stomach. If you are using the same brand and same quality there isn't going to be much difference in the non-meat ingredients.
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I don't think dog systems are too far off a humans. They're all different, just like us. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs, others manage to eat everything and not get sick. And like somebody else already mentioned, when you eat one kind of diet for years and then suddenly switch to something new, some people get sick, but others don't.

It just depends on your individual dog. I don't recall a time I've ever did a slow transition on any of my dogs when I fed kibble and switched. When one bag ran out, I started the new one. None of mine have had any history of sensitive stomachs or getting diarrhea when a new food is introduced.

When I went to raw, it was quite literally last day of kibble, next morning raw bone-in chicken, with no adverse effects to their digestive tract. I feed my dogs a variety of raw foods and even some rice, fruits and veggies. There's usually something different every day and I don't have issues.
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I feed mine whatever, whenever. They get daily kibble, raw treats, table scraps, whatever I'm eating. I often switch brands. Seems nothing upsets any of them.
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ever since i stared rotating foods with every bag...so about every 3-4 weeks, and sometimes give them a raw meal, i don't have to transition anymore. no upset stomach...
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