Switching food can be tough for some dogs. To ensure your dog has a stress-free transition follow these steps.
Your dog may be ready for all Puppo, all the time, but their digestive system needs to adjust to any new food. By transitioning slowly, you can help them avoid uncomfortable gas, bloating, and loose stool (a. k. a. tummy troubles).
Changing habits can be rough on your pup. We recommend using a gradual five-day approach when transitioning your dog to a new type of food.
The rough rule is to increase the amount of new food by 20% every day while decreasing your old food. The schedule would look like this:
Day 1: 20% Puppo, 80% old brand
Day 2: 40% Puppo, 60% old brand
Day 3: 60% Puppo, 40% old brand
Day 4: 80% Puppo, 20% old brand
Day 5: 100% Puppo, goodbye to old brand!
This gradual transition is generally a good idea for many reasons. Your dog might have a delicate gastrointestinal system that needs to be “trained” to digest the new food. The bacteria and other microbes in the gut are used to digesting certain foods, and a sudden change to a completely new food can cause gas or loose stool. Also, picky eaters may be more receptive when new foods are first introduced in small amounts. If your dog is super sensitive to change, they may require a more gradual transition.
If your pet is sensitive to change or you are making a big diet switch such as are switching your pet from a wet to the dry kibble mix or from one protein to another, try doubling the five-day approach by spending two days at each stage.
Your dog might be just fine with going “cold turkey.” But since it is often hard to tell what is or isn’t causing them distress, it’s recommended to gradually ease them into the new chow.