There are reasons to change your dogs’ food, including weight management, skin or stomach issues, or dental necessity. Changing diet has a very strong potential to upset their digestion. There are ways to change the food whilst minimising this issue.
Slower is Better
it is better to transition them slowly from their old food to their new food. This means that you start out with adding only 10% new, mixed into their old. Over a period of 10 days, you can gradually increase by 10% each day, until you are feeding entirely their new food. So on the second day you would be feeding 20% new and 80% old, and so on.
Stop if You Have To
If your dog begins to show signs of digestive upset, such as vomiting or diarrhoea, then don’t move on to increasing to the next level of new food until it has resolved itself. And if your dog has symptoms for more than a couple of days, consult your vet.
Helping with Tummy Troubles
If they do begin to have some signs of digestive discomfort, there are a few things you can do to ease the transition. Offer smaller meals several times a day, instead of one or two large meals. Alternatively, mash in some cooked pumpkin or sweet potato into the food – both will help with firmer stools.