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Yummy Zoom: Thoughts #8 on gradual shift

Make the change gradually when changing your dog’s food

Previously in this series of lessons, you learned about how important it is to make the change from old to new food gradually. This gradual shifting is especially important for young dogs or pups, and older or senior dogs. Pups and young dogs haven’t yet adapted to manmade or commercial diets, and the older dogs can have digestive systems that, just like their bodies in general, are becoming less active. The gradual transitioning between types of dog food should be done in no less than five days, and not more than ten days.

This gradual transition also as the benefit, that you can be on the lookout for signs of food allergy.

Signs of food allergy include rashes and coat problems. Vomiting can also occur in some cases. If your dog shows these signs of food intolerance or food allergy, stop the transitioning and consult with your veterinarian. The transition period will also show you how much of the new food your dog can consume within 24 hours.

The shift can be made by adjusting the amount of the old and the new food that you give your dog, so you can easily observe the reaction as the proportion of the new food increases over the days.

For the first day up to the third day of the transition period, give your dog seventy percent of the old food and only thirty percent of the new food. Gradually increase the amount of new food until you reach a hundred percent on the tenth day. Ideally, all of the old food should be phased out on the tenth day.

 

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