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Transitioning to a New Dog Food

Transitioning to a New Dog Food

Transitioning to a New Dog Food

Changing your dog's food can be tricky business. Switching too quickly can wreak havoc on your pup's sensitive digestive system, causing diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and other issues. To help avoid these gastrointestinal problems, it's important to gradually transition your dog to a new food over the course of 5-7 days.

Before the Switch First, carefully read the feeding guidelines on the new food's packaging so you know how much to feed your pup based on their age and weight.

Next, pick a time when you can devote effort to the transition. Avoid switching right before a trip or when other household changes may stress your dog.

Finally, check that your dog is healthy before transitioning foods. Make sure they don't have any illnesses or parasites that need to be addressed first.

Making the Switch On the first day, give your dog 75% of their old food mixed with 25% of the new food. On day 2, shift to 50% old and 50% new. On day 3, move to 25% old food and 75% new. After that, feed 100% new food.

If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can stretch the transition over 10-14 days instead. Transition more slowly if you notice any digestive upset.

Stick to scheduled feeding times during the process rather than leaving food out all day. This allows you to better monitor if your dog is experiencing issues. Limit treats and avoid sudden diet changes.

Be Patient Every dog adjusts differently to a new food. Monitor your pup for changes in energy level, bowel movements, gas, and comfort. Contact your vet if any symptoms concern you. With a gradual approach, your dog will be chowing down on their new chow in no time!