How to Change Your Dog’s Food
Just like you own diet, what you eat will add to longer life and good health. So, it is for your dog’s quality of food. Dog food that has a bunch of filler is the same as feeding you junkie food, and it will not be appreciated over time. Whatever the reason may be to change dog food, it is important to do it correctly and be careful about the food you are changing it to.
So, hang in there, and continue reading this for Additional information on just how to do the switch the correct way, with the right food and the results, a healthy and happy dog.
Why Change Your Dog’s Food?
There may be several reasons, as to why you want to change dog food. Maybe you realized the current brand you are using is not the best and you want your dog to have something better. Perhaps your dog has lost their appetite and you do not know why they will not eat their food. It may be time for you to change, if you have ruled out any other health problems. You should change food as soon as you can if you have determined that it may be the cause of making your dog sick. Perhaps your dog is allergic to one or more of the ingredients in that food.
How Do I Choose the Right Food for My Dog?
There are several factors to think about when you decide which food to give your dog. If you are looking for the food that your dog will love, think carefully about the flavor. Choose another, with perhaps a different source of protein. For example, you might change out one with primarily chicken as its source
Of protein, to one with fish as its primary source of protein. Do not choose trendy ones, unless you have done the research and know what allergy concerns your dog might have. An example would be dog food that does not contain grain versus those that do. Do your research first, before experimenting, because there could be different health concerns. You will have to consider wet food over dry food, or a combination of both. Finicky dogs may want just wet food but let us hope you have the budget for that.
I would start with dry first, then try combining, if that is not working well. Trial and error, until you get one that makes them “smile”.
Now, for the Gradual Change Over.
What seems to work best, is switching the food out over 6-7 days. This can avoid any gut issues that your dog may exhibit, like a lot of gas, throwing up or loose stools. Often it may be that you have transitioned too quickly. You can use this schedule to help your dog make the change if you like:
Day 1 and 2
75% old food and 25% new food.
Day 3 and 4
50% old and 50% new
Day 5 and 6
25% old and 75% new
Day 7 +
Make sure to check the feeding directions on the old food to compare the difference in portion that you should feed your dog. Also, check the calorie content of so you can decide the proper portion for the new food versus the old food. When using the hard chunks use a measuring cup or measuring scoop to get the correct portion.
Why Would I Want to Switch Over Quickly?
We would not recommend changing quickly, most of the time. There may be some situations that it would make sense. This is usually when you think the food is causing some type of allergic reaction or making your dog noticeably sick. You would perhaps, check with your dog’s vet first, before arriving at any quick conclusions. If you absolutely must change quickly, then you might want to have your dog. Fast a meal, then feed just half of what you would normally, for at least a couple of meals. Their guts can be sensitive, so you might consider adding a doggie probiotic to help with any negative symptoms like loose stools or throwing up.
Be Observant During the Change.
It is important that you stay alert to any changes in your dog when changing to a new food to make sure it is agreeable with them or if they are showing signs that it is not agreeable, like throwing up, loose stools, itching a lot more than usual or tired, more so than normal. Changes in stools is the most usual difference noticed at first, but if that persists, stop and reevaluate. Over the course of time, you will notice if the change is agreeing with your dog and their energy level is normal. Watch their coat and skin and stools and of course how excited they seem around mealtime.
Landing on the right food for your dog will make all the difference to the health, long life and happiness.