That dogs should always be fed exactly the same food is one of the biggest misconceptions devised by Marketing Man on behalf of commercial dog food manufacturers. It’s a lie perpetrated in order to keep people buying their particular brand of commercial food, and sad to relate, it’s a ploy that seems to work.
It’s also nonsense. Dogs have a digestive system not so dissimilar to yours and mine. Yes, there are differences, but, like ourselves, dogs thrive on variety. And, like ourselves, their digestive systems are designed to process and benefit from a wide variety of foods.
Feeding your dog the same food for the entirety of his or her life would be like you and I living off highly processed takeaway food and nothing else. Yes we might enjoy it on occasion, but we know there’s precious little real goodness in it, and over time, our health would suffer as a result of the lack of variety in our diet. It is exactly the same with dogs.
Apart from anything else, feeding a variety of high quality foods reduces the chance of a dog developing a food sensitivity to either one protein or to one particular ingredient. This, together with the potential for serious illness, is greatly increased when just one type of food is fed the whole time.
A wide variety of high quality foods also provides a wider variety of different nutrients, important to us all, dogs and humans alike, if we and they wish to stay healthy and live a long and active life.
For more information, read Dog Food, the Story so Far.
Think about this for a moment. If your dog lives to the age of 12 and you feed he or she twice a day, that’s 8760 meals in total. Wouldn’t you feel that you deserved better if you had to endure being fed the same boring, uninteresting food throughout the entirety of your lifetime?
Marketing Man invented the old line about your dog being better off without variety in order to keep you buying the same old kibble you’ve always bought.
In actual fact, dogs are a lot happier and a lot healthier if they are fed a wide variety of food. Let’s face it, that’s the way they would survive if they were living in the wild. That’s why, just like you and I, dogs have a digestive tract specifically designed to benefit from a wide range of ingredients. And that’s the reason there are so many unhealthy dogs in the UK today. They are being forced to eat food which is totally alien to their digestive systems.
Improve your dog’s diet and make your best friend happier and healthier than ever before!