How to switch dog foods

Whether it is the vet who recommends some special line of dog food for your pet or you simply want to try a new brand, the transfer from one dog food to another is a bit more complex than just starting to feed your dog with new food. To avoid such undesired conditions as upset stomach or tummy trouble, the transfer to a new food should be gradual. Below, we'll provide you with recommendations on how to do it right.

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The transition process takes a week and involves mixing your dog’s current food with new food, with a gradual increase in the amount of new food given to a pet. It looks as follows:

- Day 1-2: current food — 75%, new food — 25%
- Day 3-4: current food — 50%, new food — 50%
- Day 5-6: current food — 25%, new food — 75%
- Day 7: 100% — new food

  • The transition to adult dog food should take place when your puppy reaches 12 months.
  • Puppies should be transited to adult dog food with respect to their size: small and large breeds have different nutrition needs.
  • Adult dogs who reached the age of 7 years old, have to be transferred to dog food for mature adults or senior dogs.
  • Pregnant and nursing dogs need to be transferred to a calcium-rich diet - puppy food.
  • When transferring your dog to a new food under the recommendation of a vet, make sure to discuss all the details to be aware of all the special considerations and suggestions.

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