Many dog owners wonder “is it good or bad to change dog food?” or how they can change their dog food without causing any problem to their dog health.

If you have a dog, then all these questions probably occur in your mind too. It happens with every dog owners when their dog starts hating to eat his beloved food. That’s why owners need to change their dog food quickly.

Undoubtedly, switching dog food is one of tricky process and owners need to be very careful while changing their dog food. It is because quickly changing dog food can cause tummy problems or allergic reactions.


Why Introduce New Food?

When changing your dog food, first you need to think carefully about why you need to switch. If your dog seems bored with his food or flavor, then you can change to a different taste of the same brand, and it will not cause much trouble.

However, if your dog has other health issues or allergies then you can go to the veterinarian, your vet can recommend the best food diet for your dog.

If you are changing to a new flavor of the same brand then switching is pretty easy. As food within the same product has almost equal vitamin quantities and nutrients. It means secondary ingredients remain the same and that’s why you can switch your dog food within 2 or 3 days without any many problems.

However, when doing more significant changes in your dog food, you will need more time to make a difference in your dog diet. It is because it is not a small shift, but a massive change for your dog body and your dog digestive system can be disturbing if the switch is not done with care and patience. The dog owners have to switch dog food gradually because it keeps your dog digestive system healthy

Another reason why you need to change your dog food is age. There are foods which are given to dog according to their age stages such as puppy, adult, and senior. If you don’t give your dog a diet according to its age, then your dog will not receive essential nutrients that he requires to stay fit and healthy. It is the general case when dog owners need to make a transition in their dog food.


What are the Tips for switching Dog Food Quickly?

The best way to make a change in your dog food is to mix new food with your dog’s current food. After a few days, you can then minimize the quantity of old food and increasing the amount of new food.

Let’s discuss tips that every dog owner need to remember while making a switch to dog food.

If you have a puppy, then you should change your puppy food to an adult dog food so that your pet receives nutrients correctly as an adult dog’s reverie.

When it comes to change food in puppies of the large and small breed, they should be a switch to lager and small breed adult dog food respectively.

If you have medium or small size dogs (around the age of seven), they should be changed to mature adult dog food. It will ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients level.

If you have a large breed (about five years old), then you should change to senior large dog food or mature adult dog food.

Large breed dog during nursing or pregnancy should be changed to puppy food, but remember not to a large breed puppy.

If your dog digestive system caused a problem when you switched his food to new, then it is better to talk with your vet to take proper action immediately.


What is the best way to change Dog Food?

The best way to make the transition into your dog food is gradually rather than quickly. It is because we already discussed in the above sections quickly can create health problems for your dog. That’s why to avoid health issues; you need to have patience while making a change.

  1. First of all, you can mix 20% of new food to your dog current food for 5 days.
  2. Then, adding an additional 20% food on the consecutive days.
  3. On the 5th day, your dog will happily eat his new food.

It is the only right way to change your dog diet, and it will protect your dog from suffering various health problems that generally which occur on most of the dogs.

However, if you need to do it faster, then you can minimize the days and increase the quantity of new food into old food.

While the whole process must analyze how your dog reacts so that if any problem occurs then, you can take immediate action to avoid further complications.


What if your vet suggests a particular diet?

If it is the case that your vet recommends a specific diet and your dog is not eating that particular diet then what to do?

Then, again the best way is to do gradually and patiently. You can add a minimal quantity of specific food to his old diet so that your dog does not get a taste of new food. Then, gradually you can increase the new food amount. Remember that, even, prescribed diet can cause problems if not done with care.



I have a puppy, and when I need to change his diet to adult dog food, I turn it quickly, and it causes many problems to my little one. He was unable to handle the new diet. He got sick, and his digestive system got poorly disturbed.

Then, I tried gradually and even, my vet recommended me to change progressively. Now, my pet enjoys his new diet, and he happily eats whenever I feed him new food.

Therefore, your dog needs a proper nutrient level to stay healthy and fine. That’s why it is necessary to change his diet according to his age. With care and patience, you can successfully introduce new food to your dog.


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