Just like puppies require the right puppy food to help support the rapid development of their muscles, bones, cognitive abilities and immune system, dogs also require food specific to their age group. Dogs have three life stages — puppy, dog, and senior dog. As they transition through each step, they will require the appropriate food to support their specific nutritional needs at this stage of development.
If it’s about that time you’re considering transitioning your puppy to a new food, you might be concerned about whether changing puppy food could cause your furry family member stomach pain. Not to worry — this blog will talk you through how to change from puppy food to dog food and avoid the nasty side effects. But first, let’s answer when to change from puppy to adult food.
If you’re asking yourself, “What age do I change from puppy food to dog food?” the times to consider changing puppy food include:
Consult your veterinarian for further advice on when to change from puppy to adult food.
It’s normal for dogs to experience side effects from changing puppy food to new food. Unlike humans, dogs don’t crave variety in their diet. That’s why high-quality dog food has all the right ingredients in the correct proportions to address their nutritional requirements. If you’re asking yourself, “how long does puppy diarrhoea last after changing food?” the answer is usually to allow one to three days for your pet to recover from diarrhoea and around 7-10 days to transition from old to new food. If their diarrhoea doesn’t subside after a few days or they’re experiencing vomiting or not taking to their new food, consult your vet for further advice.
While minor symptoms of an upset stomach may occur during this transition, gradually weaning them onto new food is a must to avoid a total shock to their digestive system.
Once you’ve decided it’s time to transition your puppy to a new food, it’s best to do so gradually. Slowly weaning your pet onto their new food will help avoid side effects from changing puppy food too quickly. This will take about a week, and you should monitor your pet throughout.
Introduce their new diet as a low portion of their old diet, then gradually increase the ratio of new food to old food over a week until the transition is complete. For a few days, work with a ratio of 25% new food to 75% old food and monitor their intake and overall behaviour throughout this period.
If this goes smoothly after a couple of days, alter the old and new food proportion to 50/50 on days three and four. On days five and six, serve them 75% new food to 25% old food and transition them completely onto their new food from day seven onwards.
Throughout this process, do your best to keep your pup on its regular food routine. Contact your vet for further advice if you have any concerns when transitioning your puppy to a new food.
Once your dog has transitioned to their new food, continue their new diet for at least two months, so they have ample time to experience the benefits of the new nutritional intake — and you can figure out how well they respond to it.
Positive signs they are taking well to their new food include a healthy body weight at their next vet check-up, a shiny coat and good stool quality. You should book your furry friend for a check-in with your vet to monitor their progress.
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