If you’ve ever tried to change from one dog food brand or type to another, you probably ran into a few problems. When you’ve been feeding your dog a certain type of food for a certain amount of time, their body and preferences adapt to that food. Because of this, you should refrain from changing the type of food you feed your dog too often; however, under certain circumstances, it is necessary (eg, the dog food lacks proper nutrients and is making your dog overweight). When you’re in this situation, there is a right way to do it and a wrong way. While the right way is rather straightforward, the wrong way can lead to problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, digestion problems, and your dog refusing to eat his food. None of which is very enjoyable for you or your dog.
To help you avoid those difficulties, we’ve written a simple guide on how to transition your dog to a new food.
When You Should Consider Changing Dog Food Brands
There are a lot of different brands of dog food available in the world, it can be hard to decide which is best for your dog. If you have a certain brand of dog food that you use, but you have noticed that your dog is starting to fall ill, transition your dog to new food.
I know it might seem a bit weird, switching dog food just because your dog is sick. But there is more to it than you think. When a dog gets sick, it is often his nutrition that is making him sick. Either he isn’t getting the vitamins and minerals that he needs, or the amount he was getting is no longer needed and he is getting too much.
Dogs age and change, just like we do. Similarly to how we change our diets periodically, we need to change our dogs diet.
How to Transition Your Dog to a New Food
Like us, dogs can be very picky when changing things, especially when it involves their diet. So, to make the switch seamlessly, make the change in small increments over a period of time. Think about how you would introduce a new food to a baby, you don’t give them a lot of different things at once, you give them a little amount of one food.
This is so you can watch their reaction. If it makes them sick, if they don’t eat all of it, if they start acting weird after eating it, you can catch these signs before they become a problem and you will know that this food is not the food that you should be switching to.
Once you have found a food that works for your , you should still have the old food available for your pup, this way he still has something he can go to if he doesn’t like the new food. And slowly over time, start filling the bowl with the old food less and less and put more in the new food bowl. This will help introduce your dog to the new food. Eventually, he won’t even need the old food anymore.
You should never immediately stop using the food that you usually do, unless there is a recall or the vet specifically tells you that you should no longer be using that brand of food. If you stop using it immediately, it might make your dog react badly to the idea of new food. You should always have something familiar for him to go back to until he is completely comfortable with the new food option that you have picked out for him.