How do I transition dog foods?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Switching Dog Foods

Selecting a new food for your dog is an exciting step toward balanced health and happiness. It is also a time of transition.

Before You Start

Although you’ll be anxious to see the difference your new food can make in your dog, please allow 7 - 10 days to ease the transition from his current food. Each day, simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more of the new food until you’re feeding the new food exclusively. This gradual transition will help avoid unnecessary upsets.

In the guide below, blue represents the amount of the new food you should be feeding, and beige represents the amount of the current food.

day 1-2

Introduce new food to your dog in small amounts, still primarily feeding him his old food. Measure the amount of new food that you're adding in and make sure to remove an equal amount of your dog's current food. (For example if you are adding in a 1/8 a cup of the new food, remove 1/8 a cup of the current food.)

Day 3-4

Feed a little bit more of the new food to your dog each day, while continuing to remove the equivalent amount of the current food.

Day 6-7

Continue adding in your dog's new food, and removing an equal amount of the current food. By now the new food should be making up the majority of your dog's meal.

Day 7-10

Continue increasing the amount of the new food and decreasing your dog’s former food until you are feeding the new food exclusively. 

These basic guidelines will set you and your dog up for a positive transition to a new food.

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