Rotational Feeding: what is it and why is it important?

December 9, 2019

Heed these takeaways:

  • Rotation feeding involves changing the main protein source in your pup’s diet on a regular basis.
  • This exposes your pet to different types and quantities of important nutrients and adds variety to their diet.
  • Heed offers high-quality kibble blends with a variety of different protein sources to make rotation feeding easy.
  • If you’re unsure how to feed your dog a rotation diet, ask your vet for advice.

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to eat the same food day in, day out for weeks, months or even years on end? Even if that food was your absolute favorite dish in the world, it wouldn’t take long for you to grow sick of the sight of it, let alone the taste.

But that’s what many of us expect our dogs to do on a daily basis, sometimes even for their entire lives. This approach can still give your pup all the nutrients she needs for a healthy life — provided you choose a high-quality food that offers complete and balanced nutrition — but there’s an alternative option that can provide some much-needed variety for your pet.

This approach is known as rotation feeding.


What is rotation feeding?

The basic philosophy behind rotation feeding is to give your dog more variety in her diet.

To do this, you change the main protein source in your pup’s diet on a regular basis, such as monthly or every 2-3 months. For example, one week may be chicken, the next turkey, then fish and so on.

You can still feed your pup a high-quality brand like Heed, but just regularly change the kibble blend your dog eats to provide some welcome variety.


Benefits of rotation feeding

Why should you rotate your dog’s proteins? There are several reasons, but the main one most owners point to is that feeding your dog the same food for an extended period can cause food allergies and intolerances. 

If your dog’s immune system has an adverse reaction to an ingredient in his food, itchy skin, an upset stomach and a variety of other issues can potentially follow. But by mixing up the proteins, you’ll be helping to create a thriving gut and a stronger digestive system, reducing the chance of intolerance to any particular ingredients.

The next benefit of rotation feeding is simple: variety. Instead of sitting down to the same old kibble day after day, your pup gets to experience a variety of different flavors and textures. This makes meal times a whole lot more exciting for your pet because they’re never quite sure exactly what they’re going to find in their dinner bowl.

Finally, rotating proteins can also ensure that your dog consumes a more complete nutrient profile. Because the quantities of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients vary between ingredients, feeding a variety of protein sources can actually improve your dog’s diet.


Rotation feeding and your dog

Despite its benefits, rotation feeding isn’t the right approach for all pups. If your dog is prone to being a fussy eater, rotation feeding may lead to increased pickiness. Pups that commonly suffer from gastrointestinal issues can also struggle to adjust to changes in their diet, so sticking to the same diet may be a safer approach. If in doubt, ask your vet for advice.

And if you’re worried about how your pet will adjust to eating new proteins on a regular basis, there’s good news: when you feed Heed, most dogs don’t actually need an adjustment period. Pet parents make the 100% switch to Heed with zero to minimal issues, so there’s no need to worry about an upset tummy.

If all goes well, your pup will quickly come to love the variety and excitement rotation feeding offers. Heed’s premium kibble blends feature a wide range of protein sources including chicken, salmon, turkey and cod, making it easy to treat your pet to different ingredients and nutrients.

And with our freeze-dried toppers to tantalize your dog’s taste buds with different flavors and textures, meal time will soon become your pup’s favorite part of the day.