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Pet Food Brands Disappearing? A Pets24 Guide To Switching Your Pet To New Pet Food

With popular dog food brand ranges like Pedigree dry pet food leaving our shelves, like Pedigree dry pet food, it might be time for you to start switching your dog food for a new nutritious alternative. We have written an easy guide to help you make the switch. We’ve asked the leading veterinarian, Dr Carra Walters of Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, for the best tips on switching or transitioning your pet’s food.

Switching your pet’s food diet

Cat eating. Switching pet food

“Unlike human diets, where we can substitute one food source for another immediately, pets require a gradual transition from one type of food to another. Changing your pet’s diet too quickly can cause gastrointestinal upset, with symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea. This is because the new food may have different ingredients, nutrient levels, or fibre content than what your pet is used to, which can be difficult for their digestive systems and gut microbiomes to adjust to.” Dr. Carra Walters

Abruptly changing your pet’s diet can lead to digestive issues such as upset stomach, diarrhoea, or vomiting. To prevent these issues, it’s important to introduce the new food gradually while allowing your pet’s digestive system to adapt to the new diet. A gradual switch reduces the risk of digestive problems and allows your pet to get used to the new food.

How to change your pet’s diet

Start by figuring out how much you’re going to feed your dog in the new diet. On day one, start with the ratio of new to old food and feed this over two meals, ideally 12hrs apart (as shown in the image below). On day 2, repeat this ratio.  Increase the proportion of new to old food as shown in the images attached over seven days, with day seven as 100% of the new food divided into two meals.

#Guide on how to switch your pet to new pet food

What to do if your pet does not want to try the new food

If your pet doesn’t like the taste of the new food, try mixing it with the old food and letting it mix overnight in a plastic container. Remember, some pets have a specific taste, so don’t be put off if they don’t like the new food immediately. You can also contact Dr Walters here for advice or any other local vet. Dr Walters says that it takes at least a seven-day process for your dog to safely transition to a new diet.

“That’s why I recommend starting this switch as soon as possible before you complete the remaining quantities of your existing dog food. If you have any concerns, contact your local vet.” Dr. Carra Walters

You can contact Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital here for advice or any other local vet if you have any questions about transitioning your pet’s food.

Signs that you are changing your dog’s food too quickly

Beagle dog lying on carpet eating dog food in hand of Asian young woman in living room at cozy home. Switching dog food. Pets24 If your pet experiences signs of transitioning too quickly, such as inattentiveness (lack of appetite), reduced appetite, soft stools vomiting, reduce your ratio to day one of this guide and start again. If symptoms persist longer than 24 hours, consult your veterinarian. Planning ahead and being patient are two of the most important things you can do when moving your pet from one food to another. Gradually introducing a new food, choosing the right food, and keeping a close eye on your pet’s reaction can help prevent digestive issues and make the transition easier. Your pet’s health and overall well-being are important, and feeding your pet a healthy diet is a key factor in their overall health and happiness in the long run.

Key things to consider when choosing a new pet food

  1. Nutritional Value: Make sure it offers a balanced diet appropriate for your pet’s age.
  2. Ingredient Quality: Foods with high-quality ingredients should be chosen above those with fillers or artificial additions.
  3. Special dietary needs: Consider any special dietary needs that your pet might have.
  4. Brand reputation: Reputable brands with a track record of manufacturing safe items should be chosen.
  5. Plan for Transition: To prevent gastric discomfort, introduce the new food gradually over a period of 7–10 days.
  6. Pet’s preference: Consider your pet’s preferences and unique demands while making decisions.
  7. Cost and Availability: Consider the food’s long-term cost and accessibility.
  8. Vet Advice: Always seek advice from your veterinarian before making changes.

Struggling to choose between wet and dry food for your dog?  Click here to help you decide what’s best for your pet.

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