If you are thinking about changing up your pet’s diet, it isn’t as simple as dropping a new bowl of food at their paws one night. New diets should be introduced gradually to reduce the chance of any digestive upsets and ensure your pet adjusts well to the new food.
It should take about a week to fully transition your pet to a new diet. Increase the new food in 25% increments every couple of days, until the new food accounts for 100% of their meal. Monitor how your pet copes with the change, and then continue increasing as per the guide below:
Of course, you can take longer if you like, depending on how your pet reacts to the new food. If there are any worries or health issues, make sure you contact your veterinarian before continuing.
The main trigger points that you should change your pet’s diet are at their three major life stages – puppy or kitten, adult and senior. Each of these life stages required tailored nutrition to suit your pet’s needs.
There are a few more reasons that you might shift your pet’s diet.
There are some signs your pet might need a new diet, including:
It takes at least two months to determine whether your pet’s new diet will be of benefit to them. A good match will show in your pet’s appearance, weight, skin, stools and coat. As always, we’d recommend to have a checkup with your vet to make sure the diet is having the desired effect.