Why is it important to transition your dog to new food carefully?

Maybe it was recommended by the veterinarians for dietary purposes, or perhaps your puppy is adulting. Or simply because you've decided that your dog's current diet isn't the best anymore. There are a number of reasons for owners to switch their dog's food.

Dogs' nutritional need evolve as they age. Too much protein may work well for a growing pup, but may harm the livers and kidneys of senior dogs. Take this for an example: Active dogs need more protein to burn. A casual home dog would not need as much, they would put on weight instead. Finding the right food for your dog is the first step. So what comes next is the most important part!

Unlike us human, dogs' digestive system is more sensitive. Switching your dog’s food abruptly can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhoea, and a decreased appetite.

It is best to switch your dog's food systematically and gradually. Start the transition by substituting a little of the new with the old. Continue doing so for the next feeding by adding a little more of the new. Do this for 7 days.

You should also monitor your dog's behaviour carefully during transition. If your dog is not reacting well during the first couple of days, you may want to stretch the program to 14 days. On top of that, mix 1-4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree with your dog's normal food. Pumpkin puree is ideal for diarrhoea, constipation, or an upset stomach associated with switching foods.


7 Days Transition Schedule

Day 1-2

Begin with 25% new kibble and 75% of your previous kibble

Day 3-4

Increase new kibble to 50% and reduce to 50% of your previous kibble

Day 5-6

Increase new kibble to 75% and reduce to 25% of your previous kibble

Day 7

Switch to 100% new kibble!

Remember there are no hard and fast rule when it comes to switching food. Different dog reacts differently, so be patient, and good luck!

Speak to us if your have any questions, suggestions, or simply just to chat. Our team here at SplootPets are very welcoming!

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