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Switching Your Pet’s Food

I’ve spoken with many people who believe that since they eat different meals for breakfast, lunch, and supper it means their pet gets tired of eating the same food and so they switch foods. However, this way of thinking is can do more harm than good. Since there is no such thing as a perfect dog food, it is reasonable to assume every product is deficient or excessive in some way. By changing foods, it is possible to fulfill nutrients your pet may be missing by staying with only one type of food. But before switching your pet’s diet, you should discuss the changes you want to make with the vet – especially if your pet has any health conditions. Also, if your pet isn’t showing any signs of food allergies but you switch foods then 4-6 weeks later they are showing signs; you may want to switch back or make sure you are staying with the same type of meat and carbohydrate products.

 

If you are going to switch your pet’s food, make sure to transition to the new food slowly. Be patient and don’t rush the transitioning process. You need to take your time to minimize the chance of GI upset. Over a 10 day period, you will want to gradually change the amount of new verses old food. For example: Days 1-3 Current food “A’ makes up 75% of their food in a bowl and the new food “B” makes up 25%. Days 4-6 Food “A” and Food “B” is 50% each. Days 7-9 Food “A” is 25% and Food “B” is 75%. Then by day 10, new food “B” can be the only thing in the bowl.

 

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