Transitioning to a New Dog Food
Is it time to switch your dog from puppy food to an adult blend? Or, maybe your veterinarian has recommended a more nutritious option for your dog’s diet. Whatever the reason may be for the change, it is important that you properly transition your Fido’s food to prevent upsetting his or her stomach. If you simply toss the old food and pour the new food into their bowl, you can cause gastrointestinal issues in your pup, such as vomiting, diarrhea or a decreased appetite.
Transfer Over 5-7 Days
When you change your dog’s food, you need to do it gradually over the course of five to seven days. During this time period, you will continue to add more and more of the new food by mixing it with your dog’s current food. A commonly recommended transition is this:
- On Days 1 & 2, mix in 25% of the new food with 75% of the old food.
- During Days 3 & 4, mix in 50% of the new food with 50% of the old food.
- Days 5 & 6, mix in 75% of the new food with 25% of the old food.
- On Day 7, feed your dog 100% of the new food. If your dog has a very sensitive stomach, food allergies or any other health issues, your veterinarian may recommend a longer transition period. During the transition, closely monitor your dog’s response to the new food. If your dog displays vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite during the week of change, proceed with the transition more slowly. If any of these symptoms continue in your dog, you should consult with your veterinarian on how to properly proceed.
Hi-Standard Dog Food
Are you looking to feed your dog high quality, nutritious ingredients at an affordable price? Then, you should choose Hi-Standard. We have nine different recipes and blends to choose from. You can view them here: https://histandarddogfood.com/products/. Do you have questions on which option is best for your best friend? Contact us at: https://histandarddogfood.com/contact-us/.