Posted Date: September 28, 2016
If you're thinking of changing your dog's food, here's some steps to follow.
Our Health & Wellness Wednesday topic today focuses on food, a subject near and dear to most dogs' hearts. While it may seem that switching your dog's food is as simple as putting the new food in his or her bowl and moving on, the process needs to be more involved for your dog's health.
Jennifer Deming, DVM, discusses on Zuke's website the proper steps to follow to make sure your dog has a smooth transition. Dogs that normally eat their food slowly may increase their rate of eating with a new food. After all, it tastes different and this can be exciting to the dog.
Unfortunately, the joy the dog feels ingesting this new taste sensation can lead to a very upset stomach. A dog that eats too fast ingests air along with the food, and this can cause mild cramping to extreme bloating.
Another cause for concern is that a new food may have a very different set of ingredients. If it has more, or less, fiber, the sudden change may stress your dog's system. This can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, burping, and excessive flatulence.
Dr. Demming suggests a time frame of about a week to ten days to transfer your dog to the new food. Follow a schedule of 10% of the new food on the first day and 90% of the current food. The next day you can use a 20/80% mix. And so on until you are at 100% of the new food.
You can read more on the Zuke's blog.