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  • What is the Best Way to Transition Pets to New Foods?

    It’s important to slowly transition your pet to a new food so their system has a chance to adapt to the change. The transition period should be at minimum, ten days and could take upwards of two weeks, depending on your pet’s sensitivity to change:

    • Day 1 & 2: Feed 80% of your pet’s old food with 20% of the new food
    • Day 3 & 4: Feed 60% of your pet’s old food with 40% of the new food
    • Day 5 & 6: Feed 40% of your pet’s old food with 60% of the new food
    • Day 7, 8 & 9: Feed 20% of your pet’s old food with 80% of the new food
    • Day 10 & Forever: Feed 100% new food

    If your pet experiences any kind of digestive upset during this time, try slowing down the process to let his/her digestive tract adjust to the new food. Some vomiting and/or diarrhea can be normal when introducing new foods as the digestive process and the naturally occurring bacteria your pet’s body requires is a complex and delicate system. If you experience any vomiting and/or diarrhea, be sure to reduce the amount of new food the next time you feed and overall, slow the whole transition period down even more.

    Source: Michele Dixon – Health and Nutrition Specialist for Petcurean

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