Changing Your Dogs Food

When it comes to your dog’s health, it is important to offer him/her quality feed, with the right nutrition for their age.

Puppies become adults at 12 months of age and should transition to an adult dog food at that time to ensure they are receiving the appropriate nutrient levels.

Large-breed puppies and small-breed puppies should transition from puppy food to a large breed or small breed adult dog food to ensure that their special needs are met.

For small-and-medium size dogs, around the age of 7, they should transition to a mature adult or senior dog food that ensures they are receiving the appropriate level of nutrients for an older life stage.

For large-breed dogs, at 5 years old, their food should switch to a mature adult or senior large-breed dog food so their special nutrient requirements are met.

It is important that when transitioning to a new dog food, do so slowly over a period of about seven days. You will want to begin mixing an increasing amount of new food with old food each day.

Start with 75% old food mixed with 25% new food for approximately three days. Then mix 50% old with 50% new for approximately three days. Then 75% new, 25% old for approximately three days. Then 100% new.

Your dog may not seem to tolerate the new food, no matter how slowly you go, and that's okay. If this is the case, then slowly shift them back to the old food and start again with something else after giving the stomach some time to recover.

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