When it comes to feeding your dog, you want to make sure that you’re giving them the best meals possible to keep them happy and healthy. That includes switching up the taste and being aware of their sensitivities (if any) in their diet.
Our minimally processed and well-balanced recipes for your dog contain the same base for kibble, to make an easier switch for you and your dog.
Luckily, NOW FRESH makes minimally processed and well-balanced meals for your dog. We use the same base in our dry food, to make switching flavours a lot less complex!
Whether you’re looking to switch for allergies, flavour, or just to add a bit of change for your pup, we’ve got you covered with our easy-to-follow transition guide.
How to Switch Your Dog’s Food
Making a change in your dog’s food can cause an upset stomach if not done carefully. When you are ready to transition the kibble, it’s important to follow certain steps to gradually get them used to the swap. You will slowly combine the new food in with the previous dry food over a period of time.
Day 1 & 2: Feed 80% of your dog’s old food with 20% of the new food
Day 3 & 4: Feed 60% of your dog’s old food with 40% of the new food
Day 5 & 6: Feed 40% of your dog’s old food with 60% of the new food
Day 7, 8 & 9: Feed 20% of your dog’s old food with 80% of the new food
Day 10 & so on: Feed 100% new food
Sometimes, the timeline looks different for dogs depending on how sensitive their tummy is. A good way to judge is to carefully monitor how your dog is reacting with the transition. If you notice that your dog is showing signs of constipation, diarrhea, or a change in appetite, you need to take the process even slower.
Some helpful tips to help the change go smoothly are:
- Making sure your dog is always hydrated
- Limit treats and other outside food during the process
- If you can, don’t mix raw and dry food
As humans, we don’t often eat the same meal twice. When it comes to your pup, it’s exciting to switch things up for them to keep things interesting. Whatever the reason, be sure to carefully follow our guide for the process and be sure to consult your veterinarian for facts and details about your dog’s nutrition.