Whatever the reason for the change of your dogs diet, whether it is going from puppy to adult food, or simply that you are no longer happy with the diet that your dog is on. It is important to transition to their new diet safety! The most common approach is to introduce the new food “gradually”. However, this can mean different things to different people and it may and will also depend on your dogs digestive system.
Does it matter what method I use to change my dog’s diet? Sometimes it doesn’t, if you have a dog with an “iron” stomach, you can probably get away with any method you want. Also for example a switch from a beef-based to a chicken-based diet is relatively benign.
If you are either uncertain of the nature of your dog’s gastrointestinal tract or, like me, you know you have a dog with a very sensitive stomach that’s just looking for any excuse to develop diarrhea or constipation. Gradually is usually the way to go. In this case follow the directions below:
- Day 1 – Mix 20% of the new food with 80% of the old.
- Day 2 – Mix 40% of the new food with 60% of the old.
- Day 3 – Mix 60% of the new food with 40% of the old.
- Day 4 – Mix 80% of the new food with 20% of the old.
- Day 5 – Feed 100% of the new food.
*If at any point during this process your dog stops eating or develops vomiting or diarrhea, do not feed any more of the new food and call the office