I grew up around dogs my entire life. We often had to switch our dog’s food as they got older or encountered health problems. In 2003, my dog Oreo became ill with a form of cancer. She could no longer tolerate her dog food so we had to switch it out. Here is a guide on how to switch out your dog’s food.
Speak to the Experts
Our dog could no longer digest her dog food when she had cancer. We feared that she would die due to lack of nutrition while she underwent her chemotherapy treatments. We spoke to our veterinarian and he told us to try out other dogs foods on a gradual basis. He told us that it is important to read the ingredients on the bag and to avoid products that have a lot of corn and processed grains as these can hinder digestion.
Use the Internet as a Tool
The Internet helped us find several options for Oreo’s dog food. The website Pet Food Express was a lifesaver for us. It gives pet owners a search tool to find food for their dogs based on what the food can or cannot include. The products then appear and people can go on to find them online or in retail stores. People should be advised that pets can be very picky when trying new foods so it can take time to find the right one to use on a daily basis.
Mix in Half of the New Food with the Old Food
Dogs are similar to people in that they often are resistant to try new things. We decided to try a few different brands of dog foods and change them out once each week. We put half of the old food with the new food. Then, we mixed it up in the dog bowl and served it to Oreo. This allowed her to slowly get used to the taste.
Add Meat to the New Food
Once we chose a new dog food to use full time, we decided to add cooked meat into the new food. This allowed Oreo to smell the food from afar so that she looked forward to eating what was in her bowl. The dogs will often eat around the new food and consume just the meat, but after a few days, they will eat all of the food as well because their appetites become more intense.