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Transitioning your pet to a new food

For many years the accepted standard was to feed your dog or cat the same food forever because changing their diet would “make them sick”. Now we know that changing your pet’s food is simply a matter of introducing the new food gradually.Every pet reacts differently to new elements introduced into their diet.  If your dog or cat is used to switching foods, you may be able to accelerate the schedule.  By the same token, if your pet experiences digestive issues (particularly soft or runny stools) while transitioning, it may be necessary to extend each step of the transition.

DAYS 1 – 4

Feed 25% new food with 75% of existing diet

DAYS 5 – 9

Feed 50% new food & 50% existing diet

DAYS 10 – 14

Feed 75% new food & 25% existing diet

 

Rotation and variety are considered a best practice.  I mean really, would you want to eat the same thing every day for the rest of your life?  Varying protein sources, fruits, vegetables, and even grains provides your pet with different micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals (and it keeps them interested in their food!).

 

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