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Make Changes to Your Dog’s Diet Gradually

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Any changes to your dogs diet should always be made gradually. Take five to seven days and mix in the new food and gradually decrease the amount of the old food.

What do you do if you have to switch your dogs food quickly due to a food recall or an illness related to diet?

There are some things that you should do.  Find a similar dog food. For example, if your dog was eating a chicken and rice formula, purchase a new brand containing chicken and rice. Read the ingredient list. If you can match up the first few ingredients, the foods will be fairly similar.  Avoid big changes to the percentage of protein, fat and fiber whenever possible. Once you start the new dog food, offer your dog a small meal at first.  If he eats it and then has some stomach trouble, offer another small meal a few hours later. Gradually, you should be able to increase the size of the meals and decrease the frequency of them until your dog is back on his normal schedule.  If, for some reason, your dog doesn’t eat the new food, offer him anything including some treats. It’s ok if he gets a little hungry. Continue offering him the new food every four or six hours.  If you can’t get your dog to eat the new food after 48 hours, consult your vet for a new formulation.

Remember, pets are family!

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