Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to: Transition to New Dog Food

When we first got Kayna at our house she was really gassy and her stomach did not agree with her food. We soon learned that in her last foster house they transitioned her to a new food too quickly and that was why she was so unhappy. Poor thing!

Our (dogs) stomachs can be very sensitive which is why we have to eat the same food every day. We can have bad diarrhea, vomiting and stomachaches if we eat something new or different. I've always had Blue Buffalo brand dog food though I have tried several flavors in the last couple of years. However, the truth is that sometimes we need to change foods such as when we grow from puppies to adults, as a result of a food allergy or if the company stops making our favorite kinds. We've changed my food a couple of times and we've got it down to a science!

This isn't really FOOD perse but you get the idea!
Here is the trick. Make sure that the transition is done slowly, over the course of 10 days or so.
  • For the first three days mix 75 percent of the old food with 25 percent of the new food.
  • Over the next three days mix 50 percent of the old food with 50 percent of the new food.
  • In the next three days mix 25 percent of the old food with 75 percent of the new food.
  • On the tenth day switch to 100 percent of the new food.
Remember that our bellies might still be upset a little bit so cut us some slack. Be sure we drink lots of water and always have access to relieve ourselves in the right place so that we don't upset you if we have to "go" suddenly.

I hope that was helpful...bon appetit!

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