At some point in your pet’s life, there may be a need to change foods. Just going from puppy food, to adult food, to senior food, even if you use the same brand, can be a big change to your pet’s system. It’s best to do a slow transition of food, over the course of a week to 10 days, to keep your pet from getting sick.
I recently had to change food for one of my pets and had to do a transition. I noticed this great chart on the side of the bag. It’s best to start with most of your pet’s regular food and just a little of the new food, then work up to most of the new food and just a little of the regular food by day 7.
So why is it so important to do this transition? According to Grafton Animal Hospital’s Dr. Laura Raiff, your pet’s bacteria flora (natural bacteria your pet’s body) are adjusted to your pet’s regular food. A sudden change in the food can cause a shift or overgrowth of these bacteria and can lead to vomiting or diarrhea. Often times, pet owners assume the pet became sick as a result of the new food and switch to another food, potentially causing even more problems.
Grafton Animal Hospital sells an arrangement of high quality foods for cats, dogs and birds, and our staff members are happy to recommend other high quality diets that can be purchased conveniently at a pet store or grocery store. If you feel the need to change your pet’s food, please refer to the chart when doing the transition, or contact any of our staff if you have questions.