HOW SHOULD I TRANSITION MY PET FROM THE CURRENT DIET?
Pet Owners can find themselves in the situation of having to switch dog foods for any number of reasons. Maybe your dog or cat has been diagnosed with a dietary responsive disorder. Perhaps it’s time to switch from little puppy to adult food or from adult to mature food. Or perhaps you’ve just decided that your dog’s current diet isn’t the best selection for him anymore.
Whatever the cause for the change, owners usually ask how to switch dog food while ensuring their dog will be sensitive to it. The pat answer that you’ll usually hear is “gradually,” but this can mean several things to several people and it may not always be the ideal way to go.
Why does it even matter what method I use to change my dog’s diet? Well, sometimes it doesn’t matter at all. If you have a pet dog with an iron-strong stomach, you can seemingly get away with any style you want. After all, in contrast to some of the things that these dogs eat with no ill-effects, jumping from Brand A to Brand B, or a menu switch from a beef-based to a chicken-based diet is relatively favorable.
But for the rest of you pet owners out there who are either unsure of the nature of your dog’s gastrointestinal stretch or, like me, know you have a dog that is just looking for a justification to develop diarrhea (or even lose its appetite and vomit, etc.), here is my take on the best way to switch dog food under a couple of different scenarios.
We recommend at least a 7-day shift before you start feeding the new food exclusively. Start by combining 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new menu on Day 1 and Day 2.Then On Day 3 and Day 4, combine 50% of the old diet with 50% of the latest diet, ie the one you want to switch to. On Day 5 and Day 6, combine 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can serve the new food exclusively. This enables your pet’s digestive system to adapt to the new food smoothly.
REMEMBER THESE GOLDEN TIPS WHEN SWITCHING YOUR DOG’S FOOD:
- Puppies become grown-ups at 12 months of age and should transition to an adult dog food to guarantee they are receiving decent nutrient levels for adult dogs.
- Large breed pups and small breed puppies should switch to an extensive breed or small breed grown-up dog food to ensure that their specific needs are met.
- For small and medium size pups who are older, about the age of 7, they need to transition to a mature adult or older dog food that ensures that they are receiving the proper level of nutrients for that older lifestage.
- For large breed pups that are around 5 years of age, their diet should switch to a mature adult or adult large breed dog food so that their special nutrient specifications are met.
- Pregnant or nursing dogs require energy-dense foods with increased calcium supply so be sure to transition them during this special time to a portion of puppy food. Nonetheless, during pregnancy or nursing, large breed dogs should be switched to a portion of regular puppy food.
- If your veterinarian has prescribed a portion of therapeutic dog diet for a specific health status, please be sure to review transitioning his dog food in detail. There could be some particular considerations and suggestions to guarantee success.
Signs that you need to change your Dog Diet
It’s essential that your dog is getting lots of essential fatty acids from their diet to help maintain your pets skin and coat in great condition. Look for feeds which are high in protein and contain good quality meat, rather than meat derivatives as these don’t usually deliver the nutrition that is promised.
If your dog is sensing a little lethargic then look for a diet rich in anti-oxidants – this will likewise help to boost the immune system and boost to fight off any diseases that could be lurking. If your dog seems unusually lethargic though, ensure that you get them checked out by a nearby vet just to be on the safe side!
Allergies are very prevalent in dogs, and food is just one of many potential causes. If your dog hurts from allergies (regardless of what it is), they may profit from a low-allergen food that reduces the overall number of allergens your four-legged friend is exposed to. We recommend a grain free diet.
This is usually the most noticeable sign that your pup could do with a diet spruce-up. It doesn’t take much for our canine partners to end up with a little excess weight on their structure – look for a naturally nutritionally balanced diet which is moderate in calories, and delivers the necessary nutrients needed.
Excess wind, loose stool, or really rumbly stomachs can be the result of food intolerance. Some pets simply don’t stand certain diets or components as well as other ones. GI upset is a nuisance to owners as well as being irritating for your pet. If this is an ongoing difficulty for you, ask your vet to diagnose the problem. The answer may be as easy as switching to a better quality food or food designed for sensitive tummies.
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