There are many reasons for changing your pet’s current diet; your pet may have a diagnosed health issue, or perhaps you’re looking to switch out to a higher quality food such as our wholegrain range from Ivory Coat.
But if you’ve made the decision to switch your pet to a new food, it’s important to introduce the new food gradually so you avoid the risk of upsetting your pet’s stomach or worse.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy while you transition to a new food:
Introduce new foods over a week
Introduce any new foods slowly over the course of a week for optimal digestion.
It’s recommended you start out by replacing 25% of your pet’s normal food, then move to 50%, then 75%, over the course of a week.
Change one food at a time
To help you monitor how your pet is responding to their new food, make sure you only introduce one new food at a time to their diet. This will allow you to pinpoint the issue if your pet has a digestive upset.
Introduce mixed feeding slowly
If your pet only eats dry food and you would like to introduce mixed feeding (a combination of chilled or wet and dry formats), you will need to do so slowly.
When adding in a new chilled or wet food, start off by mixing a small amount into their dry food, and gradually increase the amount over seven days. Balance the total amount of energy by reducing the amount of dry food you give your pet.
Keep in mind when mixed feeding, the dry food should make up the majority of your pet’s diet. The chilled or wet food is an addition to enhance the flavour.
If you find your pet has a stomach upset from the new chilled or wet food, discontinue feeding it and gradually try an alternate flavour.
Keep an eye on your four-legged friend Keep a close eye on your pet when introducing new foods to their diet.
If your pet starts to lose weight, appear lethargic, develop vomiting, diarrhoea or refuses to eat, consult your vet for advice. Follow feeding guidelines Make sure you feed your pet according to their ideal body weight, as advised by your vet, and follow the feeding guide on each food pack.
Nevertheless, some variety can be great and very enjoyable for dogs - as long as the transition is managed properly. Here are some tips for doing so: