How to Switch or Transition Dog Food

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It is necessary that your dog switch dog food gradually from his present dog food to prevent gastrointestinal upset or tummy difficulty.

To transition, mix your dog’s present food with his brand-new food. Over 7 days, slowly reduce the quantity of the present dog food while increasing the quantity of new dog food.

To help you with the switch and dog food transition, refer to the 7-Day Transition Schedule below.

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Unlike people, who can eat a range of foods in a single day and not have any digestive upset, your dog’s digestive system is far more sensitive. Usually, your dog will need a seven-day shift duration when switching to a brand-new food. If you change his food too quickly, you might discover your family pet becoming ill, which will include an untidy clean-up for you.

Keep in mind these ideas when changing your dog’s food:

  • Puppies end up being grownups at 12 months of age and need to transition to an adult dog food to ensure they are receiving proper nutrient levels for adult dogs.
  • Big breed pups and small breed young puppies must switch to a big type or little type adult dog food to guarantee that their special requirements are satisfied.
  • For small and medium size dogs who are older, about the age of 7, they should shift to a fully grown grownup or senior dog food that ensures that they are getting the appropriate level of nutrients for that older lifestage.
  • For big type dogs that are around 5 years of age, their food needs to switch to a fully grown adult or senior large type dog food so that their unique nutrient requirements are met.
  • Pregnant or nursing dogs require energy-dense foods with increased calcium material so make sure to shift them during this unique time to a young puppy food. However, during pregnancy or nursing, big breed dogs must be switched to a regular puppy food, not a big breed pup food.
  • If your vet has recommended a restorative dog food for a specific health condition, please be sure to discuss transitioning his dog food in detail. There could be some unique factors to consider and recommendations to guarantee success.

Also read: Best Dog Food

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