My Dog Skye + His Food Routine
Hey dog lovers! Have you ever been curious about what and how other pet owners feed their pets? I'm here to give some insight on my dog's food routine and why I choose to feed him this way. If you'd like to learn more about my dog, Skye and why I'm talking about nutrition, keep reading!
This is Skye, he's a Boston Terrier and he is currently almost 3 years old. Skye is bigger than most Boston Terriers. He averages from 35-40 lbs and is bigger boned. The typical Boston Terrier is about 20-25 lbs.
When I got Skye, I got him from a breeder. He was 8 weeks old and I had not decided what to feed him yet. Although I have owned dogs all my life, this was the first dog that I was financially responsible for and was considered my dog. So before getting Skye, I wasn't quite educated on what foods were more nutritional for dogs and why.
The breeder had given me some food to go home with, and it was Fromm Puppy Gold. I had never heard of Fromm at the time. I had decided to continue with that food and learned more about it by visiting the closest retailer that sold it. Skye did great on this puppy food, so I continued to purchase it up until he was about 8-9 months old. At the time, I started to notice that he seemed bored of his food and wasn't eating as much as he should of been every day. Naturally, I kind of panicked and headed back to the pet store for some help.
After discussing more about dog food with the pet store, I ended up putting him on the Fromm Four Star Rotational food. Rotational diets in a specific brand of food (like Fromm) make it so that pets can seamlessly rotate between flavors while switching up the proteins. The protein and fat levels being similar are what prevent the digestive from becoming upset. It also helps that this specific rotational diet has similar ingredients in each type in the line of rotational diet. This also allows pets to become less susceptible to a specific protein source allergy. The importance of a rotational diet is to keep your pet interested in their food. You can rotate daily, weekly, or monthly.
The Fromm Four Star flavors that I rotate in between feeding to Skye are:
-Pork and Applesauce (his favorite, or so it seems)
I haven't had Skye sample any of the fish foods from that line, but I think it's something I'm going to have him try very soon. So besides his basic everyday food, here are some other things I do to make feeding time more exciting.
I'd like to consider myself a health conscious person. I truly believe that while living a healthier lifestyle and being interested in those things, it's easier to be open to other/more healthy options for your pet. With that being said, I tend to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, Skye loves them too! I tend to give him small amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on what I'm picking up from the grocery store that week.
A few of Skye's favorites are:
-Banana (They also make a wonderful treat! Mash up into a kong and you can even freeze them for a yummy summer pupsicle)
Fruits and vegetables provide an excellent source of water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more for your dog.
Along with fresh fruits and vegetables, Skye has a lot of favorite treat and edible chew options. I would love to do another blog post elaborating on this, so stay tuned!
A few of Skye's favorites are:
-Peanut butter in a Kong
-Himalayan Cheese Chews
-Grandma Lucy's Apple Treats
So along with Skye's daily food routine, he gets a lot of healthy treats and things to make feeding more exciting!
There are a ton of other ways to incorporate other foods and treats into your dog's everyday routine. By doing research and figuring out what is good for your pet, you can customize and switch it up!
I wanted to just mention a quick disclaimer, I am in no way shape or form an EXPERT on dog nutrition. I'm just a dog lover who also happened spent 6 months working for a natural dog food retailer with professional nutritional training. My time spent working at a pet store was very eye opening and inspired my senior thesis design project and interest in pet nutrition. I'm just here to share my experiences with others to connect and open up the conversation. PS, this is also not sponsored in any way, I'm just really passionate about pet products.
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