Switching dog food. If your dog is vomiting gassy or has diarrhea after you started a new food most likely thats the culprit. In fact taking five to seven days to mix increasing amounts of the new brand of dog food in with decreasing amounts of the old brand reduces the chances that your dog will develop an upset stomach or refuse to eat. Switching dog food gradually guidelines for success. The most common problem when switching food is loose stool and sometimes diarrhea.
By jennifer coates dvm. Unlike people who can eat many foods a day with no problem your dogs digestive system is much more sensitive. Feed 100 of the new food. Over 7 days gradually decrease the amount of the current dog food while increasing the amount of new dog food.
Part 1 switching your dogs food. Wheat beef dairy eggs and chicken are all common sources of sensitivity. Its best to change your dogs diet gradually and systematically. To help you with the switch and dog food transition refer to the 7 day transition schedule below or view this video.
Feed 40 of the old food mixed with 60 of the new food in each serving. No matter how gradually you switch your dogs food over sometimes they still get stomach upset. Feed 25 of the old food mixed with 75 of the new food in each serving. The key is switching dog food gradually.
Transition your dog to a new food by substituting a little of the new stuff for the old in their usual meal. Day 4 mix 80 of the new food with 20 of the old. If at any point during this process your dog stops eating or develops vomiting or diarrhea do not feed any more of the new food and call the office. Feed 50 of the old food mixed with 50 of the new food in each serving.
There are times however. Day 3 mix 60 of the new food with 40 of the old. Learning how to switch dog food is important considering that one of the most common causes of upset stomach in dogs occurs when switching dog food too fast. Remember that variety is achieved over a period of a few weeks not every day.
For the first week of the transition we recommend a high quality game meat meal that does not contain bones such as buffalo to help with digestibility. How to switch dog food. If you want to read similar articles to switching dog food step by step we recommend you visit our healthy diets category. Switching dog food due to pet food recall etc.
Day 5 feed 100 of the new food. Switching to raw dog food.