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We switched our 9 month old pup successfully over to Canidae pure elements sea 3 weeks ago.
I read a lot on here and understand that it makes sense to rotate/switch up the food once in a while, to avoid allergies/food intolerances.
How long should I leave her on one food?
How do I rotate, meaning: If I stick with the same brand and just get other protein varieties, do I still follow the regular process of changing food as in transition within 7-10 days?

Thanks a lot in advance!
 

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Hello!

We switched our 9 month old pup successfully over to Canidae pure elements sea 3 weeks ago.
I read a lot on here and understand that it makes sense to rotate/switch up the food once in a while, to avoid allergies/food intolerances.
How long should I leave her on one food?
How do I rotate, meaning: If I stick with the same brand and just get other protein varieties, do I still follow the regular process of changing food as in transition within 7-10 days?

Thanks a lot in advance!
Every bag works great. Transition as usual to prevent stomach issues.
 

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Every dog is different...............I switch brands/proteins cold turkey without a problem. My dog (13#s) is fed a rotation of raw, dehydrated raw, canned, home cooked, and kibble! She is fed her raw (3 0Zs.), or canned, every morning, and then a measured amount(1/4 cup) of kibble is put in her bowl to graze on throughout
the day. (Sometimes there will still be kibble in her bowl the next morning!) I have never had to 'transition' her slowly, so I consider myself lucky!!! LOL!
 

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I just found a Beagle on the forum who is 18 years old. Her food if Buffalo Blue. I'm inclined to try it on Pikey, hoping it will increase his lifespan. I wonder if anyone has any information on food than increases longevity.
 

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I just switch proteins every bag for 2 of my dogs, and I do it cold turkey with no issues. Since it's the same brand and basic food, I don't think it matters that much. If you were changing brands I would be careful to transition slowly.
 

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I have a slightly different bend on this. I have to make switches, but because one of my dogs gets bored with the taste and then will stop eating. What I do is I have one brand that I find is best for him (quality, taste, ingredients, nutrition, etc...) vs cost. For me that is Nutro Ultra. I then mix in another top premium brand in a 3:1 ratio (I buy both as big bags). When I run out of the secondary bag of food, I then get another bag of premium food that has different flavor, texture, etc... [He also gets chicken, pumpkin, and Greek yogart mixed in] This is so that he gets a different taste after a while, but still gets the overall quality that I want to give him.
 

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Thank you for all your answers!

heathen3017: So you switch brands totally? The good thing is that my current brand has 3 different tastes, or better to say protein, choices, so I can stick to the same brand and just switch back and forth (well, that's the plan, Bri munches about 1 1/2 months on a bag, so I don't need to order new food yet).
But yes, she also gets pumpkin and yoghurt mixed in her food, no chicken, but 3-4 times a week a meaty bone.
 
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