When it comes to looking after you dog, it’s always important to get their diet right and make sure they’re getting the nutrition they need. There are a few things you should consider when working out what to feed your dog, including their breed, size, age and lifestyle.
It'll get easier to judge how your dog is reacting to a change in food the more you know them. If you’re unsure where to start, it’s best to talk to your vet, but if you’re ready to switch up your dog’s food, we have tips on how to make it easier to make the transition (because as you might know already, some dogs really don’t like their food being messed with!)
There are a range of reasons why you need to change up your dog’s food, whether you’ve been advised to switch it or your puppy’s getting bigger, either way it can be tricky to get your dog to make the switch.
Some take a change in food in their stride, whereas others need a bit more time! But if the transition is a little tricky, here are a few tips.
The easiest way to change your dog’s food is to do it gradually, which means mixing both the old food and new food until gradually they’re only eating the new food.
A good guide to follow is 25% new food and 75% old food to begin with, before moving up to 40% and 60%. If the change goes unnoticed then increase the new food every few days, but for those who are a little more hesitant you can take a little while longer to make the switch. As you introduce the new food, keep track of changes in behaviour and toilet habits so that if anything does change, you can go straight to the vet.
If the mixing transitions doesn’t seem to be working, then it’s time to tempt them with something else. Using some dog gravy (the gravy we eat has far too much salt for dogs) can make the meal a whole lot more tempting and help your dog make the switch!
If your dog always has food available, it will be harder to persuade them to eat new food they don’t fancy. So make sure you have strict meal times so that when it comes to their evening meal with their new food, they will be hungry and therefore more likely to eat it. If you already have meal times, making your morning meal smaller will help encourage them to eat more in the evening.
It’s best to consider what the reasons are if your dog is still not taking to their food, as it could be down to dental issues (if you’re moving on to hard food) or allergies. In this case, it’s best to go straight to your vet to find out the source of the problem and find the food that will suit your dog’s needs!