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If you have a dog at home, then you may be aware of their exacting nutritional requirements. In order to meet them, many pet food companies have emerged these days. The variety of pet foods available in the market is overwhelmingly large as each pet food brand offers different selling propositions. However, it is a long-held notion that changing your pet food would alter your pet's eating habits, which makes many pet owners bound to the same food forever. It is therefore important to understand that your pet's dietary requirements change over time due to several factors such as age, health condition, and activity level.Signs that call for food change
You don't have to keep your pet on the set diet for its entire life. You will have to change its diet for some reason or the other. The following signs show that its time for you to consider switching your pet's food:
How to change your pet's food safely?
- Flaky and dull coat
- Weakness and lethargy
- Seniority attained by the pet
- Increase in weight
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Onset of allergies
Regardless of your pet's age, you can change its food gradually over a period of at least a week. Care should be taken while switching your puppies' food because they have a sensitive stomach and a change may upset it. A gradual change is possible by mixing the new food with the old food for allowing the pet's body to adapt well to the change. The directions mentioned below lays down the proportion that could help you change your pet's food safely:
- Day 1: Use 80% of old food and 20% of new food.
- Day 2: Use 60% of old food and 40% of new food.
- Day 3: Use 40% of old food and 60% of new food.
- Day 4: Use 20% of old food and 80% of new food.
- Day 5: Feed the pet with 100% of the new food
Additionally, you must ensure that the new food closely matches with the old food. A sudden change in ingredients may cause vomiting or diarrhea in your pet. To ensure that your choice is appropriate, read the list of ingredients on the package thoroughly. If the first few ingredients match, then you are safe to go ahead with the change. Pro-biotic supplements can help in reducing diarrhea on changing the diet. It is also recommended that you should avoid huge changes in the quantities of fat, fiber and protein as much as possible. If the diet change has caused unwanted diarrhea and vomiting in your pet, then you must consult a vet immediately to avoid further complications.