Do you know how to switch dog foods and not upset your dog’s digestion?
For whatever reason, there will likely come a point in your life when you need to switch your dog’s food. Whether the vet informs you of a dietary restriction or your pup is simply growing older, switching dog foods is part of every dog owner’s life.
That being said, there is a right way and a wrong way to switch your dog’s food, and often the correct way is gradually. As a dog who is used to eating the same thing every single day, you can’t just up and change their food without a moment’s notice. Rather you have to slowly get them accustomed to their new food so it does not upset their stomach.
Here’s how to switch dog foods:
Mix your dog’s current food with the new food. Over 7 days, gradually increase the new food to old food ratio. Though you might start with just a tablespoon of new food, by the end of the 7 days your dog will be eating an entire bowl of his new kibble.
While 7 days is a good number to follow when switching dog foods, there might be times when your veterinarian recommends either a longer or shorter food switching process. If your dog has an iron stomach, feel free to introduce the food over 3-5 days. Oppositely, if your dog is prone to indigestion, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal problems, the slower the transition the better. In extreme cases where your dog is suffering from heart failure, kidney disease, or bladder stones, your vet may suggest you implement the new food as soon as possible in order to reap immediate benefits.
A few tips to remember when switching dog foods:
- During this transition period, be sure to keep a close eye on your dog. Ensure they are drinking normal amounts of water, and that their gas and feces are normal. If you notice anything different, try slowing down the transition process. If it’s clear your dog isn’t adjusting to their new food, consult a vet.
- Puppies become adults at 1 year old and require adult dog food from 12 months onward.
- Small or medium-sized dogs approaching the age of 7 should switch to mature adult or senior dog food. These types will ensure they get all of the nutrients they need in this later stage of their life. The same goes for large dogs at the age of 5.
- Pregnant or nursing dogs should be fed energy-dense foods with increased calcium, such as puppy food.
Switching foods is a common practice among dog owners. Though it can come with complications, more often than not it is a simple process. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
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