Transitioning to a new food should always be done gradually. Start by mixing 25% of the new food with 75% of the old food for a couple days. Next move to a 50/50 mixture for a couple days. Then 75% new to 25% old for a few days and finally to 100% of the new food. The length of time spent in each stage can be shortened or lengthened depending on how your companion pet’s digestive system is responding to the change.
The digestive tract needs time to adjust to the new food, building up the right bacteria to digest it properly. Quick changes can lead to diarrhea, gas, vomiting and a lack of interest in the food. You can greatly improve the success of your pet’s new food by adding transition powders and digestive enzymes found at Wag N’ Wash®!
When switching to a premium, all-natural pet food, most pet parents have a tendency to continue to feed the same amount as when they were feeding a lessor quality food. Premium foods are much more bio-available (more nutrition per feeding) and often require smaller feeding amounts. However, each individual pet is different in his or her food requirements. Keep in mind that manufacturer recommended amounts are recommendations and may not be right for every pet as they are associated with the “average” cat or dog. Your companion pet is an individual and has its own taste and nutritional needs. Watch your companion closely so as to not over-feed when you switch to a higher quality, natural pet food.