How and when to safely change your dog's diet

If your dog has been on the same food since they were a pup, it might be time for a change. Here are a few things to consider before transitioning them into a new diet.

Life stage.

Your dogís age is an important factor in their dietary needs. Let's take protein as an example. Puppies need lots of it while adult dogs need much less and too much protein in senior dogs can cause problems with their liver and kidneys. This is why finding the right dog food with the right balance of ingredients for your poochís life stage is important.

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Allergies or sensitivities.

If your dog constantly suffers from an upset stomach or has fur loss or itchy skin then they may be allergic to something. Most often this can be food related. Dogs can actually develop reactions to certain ingredients even if they have been eating them for years. Before changing your pets food in relation to allergies, itís always best to consult your vet first to rule out anything else.

What is the best way to make the transition into new food for your dog?

1. Add a spoonful of the new food in with what they have been eating to give them a taste and get them used to the new flavour

2. Gradually swap out more and more of their old food for the new. Do this over a week.

3. Try not to feed them treats or human food for at least 6 weeks while testing out their new food.

4. Donít rush the process. Be patient as it can take up to 12 weeks for your pooch to get used to a new diet and for you to see if its working for them.

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