Like many dog owners, my boys are just as much a part of my family as my children. Now some people may think that is just plain ridiculous. I know, because I was one of those people, but since having my dogs and raising them, loving them, yes, they are a part of the family.
Whatever the reason for the food choice you are feeding your dogs, there may come a time when you want or need to change it. This may be for reasons like they are older and gaining weight from the same food they have been eating or any number of other reasons. One thing to be sure of is that your animals are getting the proper nutrition they need.
One common problem that you may run into when switching your brand of dog food is that it might upset their digestive system, they may experience diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases they may even refuse to eat. I highly recommend that when you switch your animals food that you introduce it to them gradually.
There are many opinions as to the percentage you should add day by day, this gives you the best chance to monitor your dogs response to the change. You can either follow these recommendations or if you feel you know your dog well enough, you can make this change as gradual or quickly as you see fit for your pet.
Contrary to what many believe all dogs cannot eat anything, though there are those that can. If you have a dog that weighs thirty pounds or better a general rule of thumb is to keep them on dry foods which are more calorie dense. If you are used to feeding your dog according a certain schedule and find that this is no longer possible with your schedule you may want to switch to free feeding. Although this is not recommended it has been the way I feed my dogs since they were puppies.
No matter if you continue with the food you have been feeding them or switching for whatever reason it is important to make sure that their food meets the AAFCO standards (Association of American Feed Control Officials).
Take your time to be sure your pets are ok with the new food you have chosen for them.
Here is a great website I visit and you can find very helpful information for you and your pets.