Over the course of your puppy’s lifetime, there may be several occasions when you need to switch your puppy’s diet. It is important to know the proper method to change your puppy’s diet to ease your pet through the transition.
Many reasons exist that may cause you to feel the need to switch your puppy’s diet. A puppy, for example, must change from milk during nursing to dog food. Your adult dog may need to transition to a dog food diet specifically designed for senior dogs. Health reasons may be yet another cause for a switch.
After consulting with your vet about the change to your puppy’s diet, you will want to consider all of your options. Upon making the final decision, you will want to make the change gradually and over time. Do not stop feeding one type of diet on Sunday evening and begin a completely new regimen on Monday morning. Such a drastic change will undoubtedly create some serious results.
Switching your puppy’s diet too quickly can result in your puppy having an upset stomach. Diarrhea is likely to result.
The proper way to switch your puppy’s diet takes several days. Over the course of two weeks, gradually reduce the amount of the original diet and slowly increase the food for the new diet. For example, if you typically feed your pet a diet of 3 and 1/2 cups of kibble per day, you will only want to change the diet at the rate of 1/4 cup each day. Keep in mind if you feed your puppy’s diet twice daily, divide the amount in half at each feeding.
Any Change in Your Puppy’s Diet Should be Made Gradually
On day 1 of the switch, you would feed your puppy 3 and 1/4 cup of the original kibble and 1/4 cup of the new puppy diet. This total amount should be portioned between the number of meals during the day. On day 2 you would feed 3 cups of the original diet and 1/2 cup of the new diet. On day number 14, your puppy’s diet will have been completely changed over.
This gradual process may seem slow at first but be assured, it is for the best. A puppy’s diet is not like a human’s diet. People vary their diet on a daily basis. Sometimes we stir things up from meal to meal. Your puppy’s diet is best when it is consistent. Do not change brands or feeding methods frequently.
Once you find a puppy diet that works well to promote the health of your pet, it is best to stick with it. In fact, you should allow several weeks, and preferably months, on a new diet before assessing the results. This is true unless otherwise directed by your vet. Some instances may arise when this is not a plausible plan.
Your vet can best educate you on when and why to switch your puppy’s diet. Unless otherwise directed, the proper method for changing your puppy’s diet takes time. The gradual change will reduce the stress and change in your puppy’s system and digestive tract. Whenever a diet is working well for your puppy, it is best to leave your puppy’s diet alone. Consistency is helpful to maintain your puppy’s ultimate health potential.