Changing Dog Food

You might be asking yourself if it would be bad to change your dog’s food. Or try to figure out the actual steps to take to make the switch happen without issues. There can be many reasons to try out a new food. Your puppy may be getting bigger, or your dog may have health conditions that require a different type of dog food. Making the change doesn’t have to cause problems and is easy. The biggest thing is to remember is to be patient and do a little bit of planning before you start. This will make the change more successful for you and your dog.

Planning Stage

It’s ok if you have never switched out your dog’s food. It only takes a short time and you will see how easy it is. You may feel a bit restless and just want to start, keep in mind that changing your dog’s food is a process. It may take 7-10 days for you to notice the changes in switching the food. The basic plan is to feed a little bit less of the old food and a bit more of the newly chosen food each day. The key is to make the transition gradual to prevent any problems.

How to Change Dog Food

Days 1-2:

Begin the change by adding a small amount of the new food to your dog’s feeding dish with mostly her usual food. It is important that when transitioning foods to measure the new amount that you’re adding so that you can remove the equal amount of the usual food. A good rule of thumb is to remove about 1/8 of your dog’s food to start.


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