Transitioning your dog to a new diet is not something that can be done overnight, as sometimes shifting to a new food can cause stomach upsets and digestion problems. In order to avoid these issues it is important that you transition them slowly, so that the process can be as smooth and comfortable as possible. Some dogs tend to have a more sensitive stomach than others, so gradually introducing the new food over a 7-14 day period is recommended by veterinary professionals. Although this sounds intimidating, it is a relatively easy process and your pup will thank you for it later on! A simple transition involves mixing your dog’s current food with their new food, and gradually decreasing the amount of the current food and increasing the new food over a 7-14 day period. We recommend a formula similar to this. Day 1-2: 75% old diet + 25% new diet Start by introducing your dog to their new food in small amounts, these first couple of days should be primarily made up of the current food they are being fed with a small amount of the new food added. Day 3-5: 50% old diet + 50% new diet By day 3, transitioning dog food is part of your routine. Add a little bit more of the new food to your dog’s bowl each day, while continuing to remove the equivalent amount of the old food. Day 6-7: 25% old diet +75% new diet By now the new food should be making up the majority of your dog’s meal Day 7-10: 100% new diet Continue increasing the amount of new food and decreasing your dog’s former food until you are feeding the new food exclusively. You have successfully completed switching your dog’s diet! This simple formula is easy to follow, however the key to a good diet transition is closely monitoring your dog’s individual response. If at any point during the transition your dog displays any signs of stomach upset, changes in appetite and diarrhoea you should proceed more slowly, perhaps adding an extra day or two to each stage of the transition.
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