Dogs need time to adjust to a new diet and it is advised to pet parents to take care of their transitioning needs. Whether you are changing their food from one company to another, whether you are swapping one meal plan with another, or simply hopping onto a more wholesome home cooked food experience, your dog needs a transitioning phase, where its digestive track can acclimate to the new type of food it gets.

The transitioning phase can also help pet parents to check for any allergic reactions their dog may have to certain kinds of foods and/or ingredients. It can be quite distressing for the dog, if the parent persists to give them food they are unable to have.

Dogs show certain behavioral signs as well as “poop signals” that indicate how well or how bad a phase is going. It is best to refer to a vet in certain situations so that your dog remains hale and hearty.

The trick to transitioning

It is best to take about a week to shift from one type of food to another and quantify the levels of old and new mix accordingly.

Days 1 and 2: 25% new food mixed with 75% old food

Days 3 and 4: 50% new food mixed with 50% old food

Days 5 and 6: 75% new food mixed with 25% old food

Day 7 onwards you can now feed your dog the new food

Sometimes dogs take longer to adjust to a new meal, and it is best to give them a couple of extra days to accommodate themselves. The distress signs – such as poop that is not normal or some different behavior patterns – should be monitored in order to make sure you are doing it right. If the distress signs are not persistent and ease during the end of the transition period, there is no cause for concern. However, if your dog throws up or refuses to have the new meal then have it check out by the vet.

Transitioning to Wholesome Home Cooked Foods:

Canines may be used to raw meat, so getting them to have homemade food may prove to be a tough task. By utilizing the timetable already stated, you can also encourage your dog(s) to have home cooked meals by heating them before you feed your pets. The scent may tempt them to have it. You can even satiate their cravings by adding a few crunchy treats.

It is pertinent to suggest here that it is best to avoid any transitions to your dog’s food schedules during stressful periods. This includes times when they are in heat, they may be suffering from any sort of trauma or are not feeling too well. Any changes would cause more stress for your dog and can turn into a serious issue.

Also it is important to record all recipes that you use so that you may check for any deviations in your dog’s habits or stool. Allergies or signs of other distress may call for a change in the recipe or ditching the recipe altogether.

When you make the switch from bad to good

As dogs have a shorter digestive track, it is more difficult for them to get used to something more natural than they are used to – or something that may even be new for them. A “good” diet may flush out the toxins in the body left behind by the old diet and thus, diarrhea and loss of appetite may be common symptoms that may arise.

No matter the case, if symptoms persist, it is best to contact your doctor for more information.