How to switch dog foods.
On occasion we have a customer that wants to switch their dog’s food either because their dog is not eating its current food, or for pet health reasons or because they are looking to feed their dog a more natural food.
A dog’s digestive system is very sensitive and when changing a dog’s food the change must be made slowly as switching too fast can cause problems. It is important to gradually change a dog’s food slowly over a course of a week or so. If you change your dog’s food gradually you will avoid excess gas, stomach cramps, indigestion and diarrhea.
Here is a tip on how to make the transition to the new food easy.
Start mixing the new food with the old food. For example your dog eats one cup of food in the morning and one cup at night. For each meal you will put ¾ of the old food and mix it with ¼ of the new food. Gradual change is the key. Over the next week, slowly increase the ratio of the new food while decreasing the old food. This could take up to ten days.
Even though the new food may be a healthier alternative to the current dog food your dog is eating, your dog being a creature of habit may still prefer the old food and eat only the old food out of the mix. No need to worry as with positive reinforcement your dog will soon come to like the new food. If however, after a couple of days your dog continues to eat around the new food then you may need to switch brands.
The same applies to the instance in which you need to change your dog from canned food to dry food. Slowly add the dry food to the bowl and bit by bit reduce the amount of wet food until the dog is eating only dry food.