Switching pet foods can be hard on your pet. You should try to keep your pet on the same food as long as possible especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach or doesn’t react well to switching foods.
However here are a few examples of times you should consider switching pet food:
- Puppy/Kitten food to Adult Formula
- Adult Food to Specialized Large or Small Breed Food
- Adult Food to Mature Adult or Senior Formula
- Pregnant/Nursing Pets should switch to Puppy/Kitten Food to provide them with more vitamins and minerals and give them more energy.
- If your vet suggest a certain type of for a health condition or if you feel they are not getting a complete and balanced diet with their current food
To ease the transition of switching foods of your pet, change their food gradually over 6-7 days. This will help make sure your pet doesn’t develop any problems such as vomiting or diarrhea from the switch. If you have a picky eater, this will also give them a chance to get use to the new food while still enjoying their old food.
Start with mixing a small amount of the new food into the old food (about 75% old food) for 1-2 days. Then increase to half old food and half new food the next 2 days. For the last 2-3 days, use 75% new food with 25% new food. After about a week your pet should be used to the new food and you can mixing in the old food.
In the case of a pet food recall, you won’t have the time to gradually switch food. Try to pick a similar type of food. Check the ingredients and see how they match up to your old food. Start by giving them small meals throughout the day. Make sure to monitor how they react to the new food. If the diet change leads to vomiting or diarrhea, you might want to talk your vet. They will be able to offer suggestions on pet food that won’t upset your pet’s stomach as much.