Gradual progression to new foods

What to look out for as you get your dog onto a new diet

Gradual progression to new foods for your dog

A common concern when switching dogs over to a new diet is that it might give them an upset stomach. Most of the time this is because the dog hasn’t been changed over to the new food gradually - meaning that their system hasn’t adjusted to it!

To get the best possible results from your dog’s new diet you should always switch them over gradually. The process usually takes about ten to twelve days - here’s how to get started:

Start by mixing your dog’s food so that it’s about 25 per cent new food and 75 per cent of their regular food. Feed that for about three days, keeping an eye out to make sure their digestion is still healthy - there might be a little change, but it shouldn’t be too much!

After three days, increase the amount so that their food s now half new and half regular, and feed for another three days.

As long as everything is okay, you can increase this to 75 per cent new food for three days.

Finally, you can begin feeding just the new diet, and get rid of the standard food altogether!

Do keep an eye on your pet, and slow down the gradual change if your notice that your dog seems sick, is constipated or has looser stools than usual (keep an eye on their poo!).

Almost all dogs switch over really easily with this kind of graduation, but if you have any concerns one of our in-store colleagues will be able to talk you through any questions you have, so you can be sure of our support every step of the way!

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