Transitioning your dog’s food is often thought to be a big hurdle and hassle, and hence many dog owners are avoiding it – even at the expense of their pet's well-being. Actually transitioning your dog’s food can be a lot easier than you think – here’s a simple guide on how to do it.
There are many reasons a dog may need to switch food. Maybe your dog has grown out of it’s puppy stage and is ready to switch to an adult food or maybe your dog is experiencing some digestive problems. Whatever the case may be, it can sometimes be difficult to get our dog to warm up to a new food.
Here is a general guide to switching your dog’s food, and believe it or not, dogs have sensitive stomachs and an abrupt change in their diet can cause them to experience digestive stress. If your dog has a sensitive stomach a good approach is to gradually add more and more of the new food each days.
We recommend adding 20% more of the new food each day until your dog’s stomach can get used to it. For example:
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
It's important to monitor your pet while eating and check their feces after they eat. Heavy diarrhea can be a sign of digestive stress or something more serious. Take it slowly and try to find out what ingredients could be upsetting your dog. If feeding your dog dry food it is important to know what you are actually giving them.
One way to ensure your dog is eating the best quality product is to purchase a food that sources their ingredients. Simply take it slow and keep a good eye on your dog’s eating habits. So don't be afraid of changing your dog's food - just do it in a controlled way and your pooch will be healthier before you know it!
Have a look at MOBY'S carefully curated selection of top quality dog food here: https://www.mobyspetshop.com/collections/dog-food_and_health
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