A lot of pet owners mistakenly believe that their dog should be fed the same food throughout their lives for optimum health benefits. Actually, it can in fact be beneficial to switch your dog’s food throughout their lives, dependent on their lifestyle and energy levels. To decide whether your dog could benefit from mixing things up, we recommend considering the factors below.
Age & Activity Factors:
Nutritional needs vary throughout a dog’s life – whilst puppies need buckets of energy in the form of carbohydrates and protein for daily growth, older dogs are less active and could easily become obese on a puppy’s diet, along with the high protein levels putting a strain on their liver and kidneys. Older dogs need lots of joint support too, whereas lucky puppies can enjoy plenty of fat in their youth.
Even if you have been feeding your dog the same food for many years, gastro-intestinal issues, allergies and sensitivities can all surface over time. Put a LID on these problems as soon as they arise.
Ready to make the switch?
It’s always best to chat with a vet before changing your dog’s diet and they will point you in the right direction towards a world class Dog Food. However, we’ve found that most vets agree on the ‘7-day-switch plan’. This involves a gradual transition period of a week to 10 days, which should help reduce any adverse reactions to a change in diet, such as an upset stomach.
The 7 Day Switch:
Day 1: 75% old food, 25% new food
Day 2: 70% old food, 30% new food
Day 3: 60% old food, 40% new food
Day 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
Day 5: 40% old food, 60% new food
Day 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
Day 7: 100% new food
If you do notice that your pup is struggling with the change and there are symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, speak to your vet; it may just be that the transition period needs to be spread over a longer period of time, rather than your dog is not suited to the new food. This can take a little time but don’t worry; it’s worth sticking to it if the final result means that your pooch will have the exact nutrition needed.