Switching your dog’s food can be an adventure, especially if you have more than one dog. In my experience, I was switching my puppy to an adult formula at the same time the vet suggested that my adult dog be switched to a diet formula.
From the very beginning, the puppy always tried to eat the adult dog chow and the adult dog tried to eat the puppy chow. I had been looking forward to having both dogs eatings the same food but, of course, it couldn’t be that easy.
This is how to best change your dog’s food:
1. Pick the Food
Since changing a dog’s food can cause digestive problems, it’s best not to do it very often. Consult your pet’s vet if you can, to see if they have any recommendations based on your dog’s age, breed, and overall health.
2. Mix It In
Giving your dog a bowl full of the new dog food is risky. It’s likely the dog will suffer from digestive upset. The best way to switch dog foods is by gradually mixing the new food in with the old. Start with a minute amount of the new food and add it with the old food. Over the next 5 to 7 days, you can gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of the old food until on day 7, your dog is receiving a bowl full of the new dog food.
As a side note, not all dogs are the same. Some dogs may have really sensitive stomachs and other dogs may not. My dogs have never been picky eaters and they do not have sensitive stomachs, so I never really had that much of a problem switching their diets. The important thing to remember is to be alert to your dog’s behavior while switching their food. If they do show signs of digestive upset, you may need to mix the new food more gradually over a longer period of time.