No matter which brand of food you choose for your dog, circumstances can change. Even the best brands of dog food may not be right for every individual dog. Things change, your dog grows and goes through different stages of life, and just like a human, pets need different nutrition at different stages of their life. Puppies, dogs with allergies, exceptionally active dogs, and elderly dogs all require specific types of food so the odds are good at some stage of dog ownership you will have to change foods at least once.
Do the Proper Research
The process of swapping out your dog’s food can be aggravating and unsuccessful if the proper steps are not followed. The first and in my opinion, the most important step is to do enough research on what type and brand of food you are wanting to replace your old dog food with. For example, make sure if you have a small breed puppy you buy food specifically for young, small breed dogs. This probably seems like common since but the reason I say this is because you want to get it right the first time and be done with the process.
Take Small “Puppy” Steps
Gradual steps are probably the most successful when switching your dog’s food. First, mix your old food and new food together, with a ration of approximately 75% old food and 25% new food. Make sure your dog is still eating the same amount it normally does. Repeat this step for a few days (2-3). If you do not see a noticeable change in your dogs appetite and there are no digestive issues then up the dog food mix to 50% old food and 50% new food for the next few days. Again monitor your dog’s digestion and appetite to make sure there are no changes. After a few days, change the food mix to 25% old food and 75% new food. Monitor him for a few days and again if everything looks good go ahead and start giving him 100% new food. Keep an eye for the next few weeks just to make sure the dog is still eating his normal amount. If after a few days of the 100% new mix the dog is still eating plenty and having normal digestion then you have safely and effectively switched your dog food. For more information visit EHow.com.