Changing your dog’s food is more complex than simply pouring new food into a bowl. In order to avoid upsetting your dog’s stomach, you will need to transition to new food the right way. Here’s the best way to switch from your old food to Hungry Bark.
How to Change Your Dog’s Food
Switching your dog’s food abruptly can cause digestive upset such as vomiting, diarrhea, and a decreased appetite. Any time you decide to change your dog’s food, you should transition to the new food gradually in order to give your dog time to adjust to the change. Ideally, these transitions should happen over 7-10 days. During this transition, you will gradually incorporate more and more of the new food by mixing it with your dog’s old food. For most dogs, a good transition will look like this:
- Day 1-3: 25% new diet and 75% old diet
- Day 4-6: 50% new diet and 50% old diet
- Day 7-10: 75% new diet and 25% old diet
- Day 11: 100% new diet
Some dogs with sensitive stomachs, food allergies, or other gastrointestinal diseases may need an even longer transition period. The key to a good diet transition is monitoring your dog’s individual response. If, at any point during the transition process, your dog displays concerning signs such as changes in appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea, you should proceed more slowly. And if you have transitioned gradually and your dog is still experiencing stomach upset, it is best to consult with your veterinarian.
Below is a the transition guide to reference for for a successful transition to Hungry Bark.