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Apr 26, 2022
Steps to Successfully Switch your Pet to a New Food

Many fur parents believed that pets should eat the same food all their lives.

The truth is, it is a myth that probably comes from the pet food industry to ensure that you commit to their products without switching to other brands.

Today, we will debunk that myth and we'll share with you that transitioning to new pet food is good for the parent's health.

Why should you be changing your pet's food regularly? 

We may get lazy with our fur babies and feed them the same old thing, but there are a lot of reasons why they need to switch up their menu. 

Weight Problems
Medical Conditions
Upset Stomach

Whatever the reasons are, your pet deserves the best life possible, which means you should be feeding them with care. 

But you don't want to just dump your pet's old food and start giving them a new diet all of sudden. 

While some pets can handle such an abrupt switch without issue, suddenly switching foods could cause stomach upset or vomiting which is never fun for anyone. Also, your pet can flat-out refuse to eat the new food. 

Here are a few helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy while you transition to a new food:

Determine the proper serving

Overfeeding your dog can be harmful to their health and well-being, so make sure you know the right amount for them. If in doubt, consult with a vet or look at pet food packaging guidelines about how much they should eat each day - this will also depend heavily upon what type of animal it is.

Figure out how much old food is left  

Make sure there is enough old food left so that you can gradually transition your pet onto the new brand. Make it a point to leave at least one week’s worth of meals behind before starting this process, and don't do anything dramatic like switch all their brands in one go - take small steps with each piece of kibble.

Plan out meals for the transition 

This is a really important step because changing your pet to the new food too quickly can cause digestive upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. Some pets have more sensitive stomachs than others, so they need longer transition periods of one week or less for their meals. 

Day 1: 25% new diet and 75% old diet.
Day 3: 50% new diet and 50% old diet.
Day 5: 75% new diet and 25% old diet.
Day 7: 100% new diet.

Monitor your pet

Monitoring your pet's body condition during and after the transition is important. Your furry friend may respond differently to their new food, so you should weigh them before switching over to make sure it’s right for both of you.

Plus once they've adapted a little bit more slowly than normal due at first being less hungry because there was no change from what was already eaten most days - which can lead pets eating twice as much or even just having an appetite overall--you'll want these checks every two weeks until things settle back into place.

There is a bewildering number of pet foods available on the market today, and it can be hard to find the right one for your pet. 

Overall, the best dog or cat food is determined by the health and nutritional needs of your specific pet, which is why your vet is the best resource when it comes to your fur kid’s diet. 

Check out here for options of pet foods for your pet.