Changing the food you feed your dog isn’t an easy task, especially if it’s something they’re not used to. If you plan on switching your dog’s food from wet to dry or vice versa, however, the easiest way to do so would be by mixing the new food in with their old one until they’re only getting the new stuff consistently. Here are some tips for successfully switching your dog’s food from wet to dry or vice versa and how to know if you need to change your dog’s diet entirely.
Choose the right time.
If you’re changing your dog’s food, do it gradually. Dogs don’t process changes well, so switching your dog all at once could cause stomach issues or a bad case of diarrhea. Over two weeks (14 days), the best way is to reduce wet food by 5% per day until wet food is eliminated and dry food makes up 100% of his diet. Just make sure you don’t rush it—make adjustments slowly! And if you have any questions about how much your dog should eat, ask your vet for advice.
Explain why you’re switching
The key to successfully switching your dog’s food is to make it a positive experience for you and your pup. First, you should consider why you’re considering switching in the first place. For example, are you hoping to save money by switching? Do you think your dog is having difficulty digesting certain ingredients in their current food? Does your dog have a medical condition that requires them to switch foods? Think about how these reasons affect how you should approach switching their food. If cost is driving your decision, shop around online or take advantage of price matching if there’s a local competitor with lower prices than what you’re currently paying. You may also want to talk to your vet about other ways to reduce costs on your pet’s health care. If you’re looking for a more natural diet for your pet, look into Blue Buffalo or Wellness brands. These companies make high-quality dog food at reasonable prices and have been known to provide coupons through social media channels and their websites. You may also want to consult with a veterinarian before switching diets; they can recommend specific brands based on weight loss goals, allergies, stomach sensitivities, and overall health concerns. Finally, if you think that transitioning will be easier because they love treats so much – don’t fall into that trap!
Create a New Schedule
As dogs age, their digestive systems slow down, and eating several small meals throughout the day can be more beneficial than one large meal. Dogs often become picky about their food as they get older, too, so switching them over to a dry diet can be easier on them—they don’t have to smell or taste new food to make its way through their system. Be sure you’re buying dog food specifically formulated for senior dogs—senior diets are generally lower in protein and fat, which is better for your dog’s health. If your dog has always been fed wet food, you might notice they take longer before they start eating again after a full meal; however, that could also be an adjustment period.
Try One Meal At A Time
If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach or one that is picky about food, then start by mixing kibble and canned food. Gradually increase dry food while decreasing wet. If your pet doesn’t like dry food on its own, try adding some fat (butter, oil) or gravy (add water and mix with kibble). The goal is to transition your pet completely onto dry but if you don’t reach it in one step, then take it one meal at a time. You can also add chicken-flavored broth or cream of chicken soup as flavoring without changing your pet’s diet too drastically. Just beware of added salt and sodium.
Keep Things Positive
Changing your dog’s diet is an important and sometimes scary thing for you. It’s important to remember that new food can take some time for your pup to adjust to. Often dogs will eat their old kibble first, only eating a few pieces of their new food until they are more comfortable with it. Keep positive associations with each meal, and don’t try to move too quickly—your dog will adapt much more quickly when given time and space. If you start worrying about whether or not he likes his new food, the dog might pick up on those stress vibes and resist trying it. The bottom line: give it a chance!
How much dry food should I feed my dog per day?
Dogs vary in size, breed, metabolism, and activity level. Always follow your veterinarian’s instructions on how much food you should be feeding your dog. Small dogs have a higher metabolic rate than large dogs, so they need more calories per pound of body weight. You may also need to increase their daily intake as they get older and exercise less. Every dog is different, so you must know your dog’s needs based on her lifestyle habits and recent vet checkups.
Will dry food prevent my dog from getting sick?
When you’re considering switching your dog over to a new diet or switching your dog back and forth between wet and dry food, one of your biggest concerns might be whether your dog will get sick. You may worry that her digestive system won’t handle it or that it’ll be too much of a shock to his system. The truth is that dogs have been eating dry food for decades with no ill effects. If your pup has recently started getting sick, feeding him a high-quality dry kibble can help alleviate some of those issues while you work on finding out what’s causing them in the first place. As long as you properly transition him over, she should be fine eating a little less slop and more bite-sized chunks.
Does dry food affect their teeth?
Many pet owners are concerned about how switching a dog’s food can affect their teeth. Some people choose not to switch their dog’s food because they are worried that it will damage their teeth. The truth is that feeding your dry dog food won’t cause any more dental problems than feeding them wet food. There are many benefits of feeding your dog dry kibble over wet canned food. The main benefit is that canned foods tend to have a lot of extra additives and preservatives in them, which can be harmful to dogs over time. Canned foods also often contain a lot of sodium and other things that aren’t good for dogs over long periods.