Over the last 30 years, I’ve had a couple of dogs that have needed to be on a special diet for one reason or another. I now know more about dog food than I ever thought I would.
My dog Misty was a Purebred Cocker Spaniel. Shortly after I brought her home, she started having some kind of pancreatic attacks. My vet suggested that I change her dog food to the Science Diet brand. So, of course, that’s what I did. I had to change her food slowly because she liked the dog food that I had always bought for her. I did this very slowly, blending the Science Diet food in with her regular food. I gave her a full cup of food, using the new dog food for about 30 percent of the cup. I did this for several days and then started adding a little more at a time. The next step was to add about 45 percent to the next cup. I was trying to be sly and hoping she wouldn’t notice the difference in how the food would taste. The next step was to add 75 percent to the next cup after a couple of days. This way, she should be almost used to the new food. The last step was to have almost the whole cup of food with the Science Diet and only a few pieces of kibble left of the old. Then you just use all the new food. I did this for both of her meals each day.
This really does work, just take it slow or your dog may not eat it or her tummy might become upset.
I didn’t think it would work at first because Misty just kind of sniffed and looked at it the first time. Leave the food there for a few hours if they don’t eat it at first.
My dog Molly’s food was also changed and I did the same thing with her. She seemed to notice the difference less.
My dog Faye, who is a Beagle mix, is always hungry. She needed to lose weight when we brought her home so we are using Purina Light dog food for her. Purina has a wonderful website with tons of information on it.
With Faye, all we have to do is to put the food in the bowl, and it’s gone in seconds. No problem switching her food, because she eats anything. If your dog is like Faye, then all you do is put the new food in the bowl and it’s eaten up in no time at all. Not all dogs are the same.