How to change your dog's food

When making the transition to a new food, your dog’s digestive system will need time to adjust to any change.

Your dog’s body adapts its enzyme production depending on what types of foods they’ve been eating. If your dog has been eating a single food for a while, the enzymes needed to digest a new food might not be present in the body.

Remember, changing to a new food too quickly can leave your dog’s body unprepared to cope. It’s important that when a new food is introduced to their diet that it’s done slowly so the body will have time to adjust and produce the correct enzymes needed to break it down.

Over time, the dog’s body will adjust to the new food and produce the range of enzymes needed to adapt to their new diet.
It is always best to change the food gradually, over 7-10 days to avoid any unforeseen digestive problems.

Day 1-3: Introduce a small amount of the new food.


Start by feeding 75% of the recommended meal time amount of the old diet with 25% of the recommended feeding amount of the new food. This should be carried out for the first 3 days.

Day 4-6: Increase quantity of new food


On day 4, further decrease the amount of the old food to 50% and increase the quantity of the new diet to 50% of the recommended amount. This should be carried out for a further 2 days unless your dog has a very sensitive stomach, in which case you should extend this schedule to last 7-10 days.

It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s stools as they are the best indicators of their internal health. If you notice that their stools are getting soft, this could be an indicator that you are moving too fast so go back to the last ratio that worked. Doing so will ensure that there is minimal chance of any issues occurring.

If you reach a point where your dog is turning away from the food and not eating, then decrease the amount of the new food back to a level they will eat and stay at this for a few more days. You can then start to once again decrease the quantity of the old food while introducing more of the new food after this time.

Day 7-10: Continue and monitor


Once your dog is consistently eating the mix of new food alongside the old for at least a week, start phasing out the old food completely and move to 100% of the new food.

Take your time and be patient and you will easily be able to allow your dog to enjoy new and exciting mealtimes!

Following these steps should enable you to transition to the new food without any problems. If you have any issues, then please consult your vet who will be able to offer further advice.

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