Blog How to Switch Dog Food
Did you know that abruptly changing your dog’s food can lead to upset stomach, bloating and diarrhea? To avoid this, there is a step-by-step process for food transitioning that you should learn to prevent your dog from getting an upset tummy. This process applies to all breeds, genders, and ages, considering it’s a general consensus for all dogs regardless of the reasoning for the diet change.
There are often many reasons for a change in your dog’s food, changing a dog’s food an diet is nothing to fear as long as you follow these simple steps and ensure the new dietary supplement doesn’t have any unnecessary additives which you may want to avoid in your dog’s diet (link to food blog) Changing the food slow and steady, typically over a 4 to 5 day period is the best approach.
Day 1- 75% old food / 25% new food Day 1 is recommended to use a majority of the old food with a small portion of the new food. This will help the dog’s stomach register the new food while still digesting the old. If you feed one cup per meal, consider ¾ cup old & ¼ cup new.
Day 2 – 50% old food / 50% new food Day 2 is an even split. If your dog gets a cup of food in the morning and a cup in the evening then its best to give half of the old and half of the new for both morning and evening feeding.
Day 3 – 75% new food / 25% old food You probably know where this is going by now. On day 3 you would give your dog more of the new food and less of the old food for both the morning and evening feedings. This will help adapt to what’s in store for tomorrow.
Day 4- 100% new food
If everything goes as planned then today should be a full serving of the new food for both the morning and evening.
If your dog isn’t responsive to the new food and is only eating the old food then it is very likely they are trying to tell you that they do not approve of the new cuisine choice. An option to try before deeming the solution as no would be to mix in a bit of wet food to help encourage them during the process.