How do I transition my dog’s food?
When changing your dog’s diet, it’s important to transition food slowly. Whether your dog is switching from puppy to adult food, your veterinarian is recommending a new diet, or you have decided to switch to a new brand, be sure to allow time for their tummies to adjust. Altering a dog’s diet--if not transitioned--can lead to digestive upset due to new ingredients, changing protein, or fiber content.
To ensure a smooth transition, slowly increase the quantity of new food in your dog’s meal. Ideally, this should be done over at least a seven to 14-day period. For most dogs, the transition timeline is as follows:
- Day 1-3: 25% new diet and 75% old diet
- Day 4-6: 50% new diet and 50% old diet
- Day 7-9: 75% new diet and 25% old diet
- Day 10: 100% new diet
Is the food transition period the same for all dogs?
Each dog is unique and may require a different transition period length. While our board certified veterinary nutritionist recommends transitioning your dog’s diet over 7-14 days, a transition period of up to 30 days may be required for dogs with sensitive stomachs, those who have been fed raw or home cooked meals, and those who have been on the same food for many years.
What do I do if my dog is having trouble transitioning?
If you notice your dog is experiencing digestion troubles, you should slow down the rate at which you are switching their food. Ensure that you are closely monitoring your dog’s health during the transition period. If problems occur during transitioning, please consult your veterinarian or don't hesitate to check in with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.