Steps to make a correct food transition in our dog

One of the mistakes many adopters make is to make the food transition from one dog food to another suddenly, without a gradual process that prevents digestive problems in the dog.

I mean going from a feed of one brand to another feed of another brand, or worse still, from feed to dehydrated food or food cooked at low temperature, or even to BARF.

The food transition is the way we have of habituating the digestive system from our furry to the new type of diet.

That is, it should be done every time our dog changes its type of diet.

It is very important that we know that digestions are different between different types of food.

Precisely for this reason, it is necessary to carry out a transition that serves to adapt the digestive system of the animal to the new type of food.

The transition may need different time slots, depending on the type of food you start from and the one you want to reach.

It is not the same to eat I think to eat natural food, to go from eating BARF a cooked food.

The food transition processes son different and they also depend on the way in which the organism of each dog adapts.

And since the transitions can be of various types, below I will detail the typologies.

Food transition from feed to natural food

This type of transition occurs when our dog stops eating feed and goes to natural food.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the feed and natural food they cannot mix never in the same shot and they will always be supplied in different intakes, which must be separated by several hours.

It is important that we respect the adaptation process of your body to avoid the appearance of any gastric symptoms due to a poorly made transition.

We must bear in mind that the I think it is a food highly sterile and processed, and therefore lacks living elements such as bacteria.

By introducing natural food in the diet of our furry, their digestive system makes an adaptation to the new characteristics of the food.

During this stage, we will be able to observe small alterations in your gut microbiota.

How to make the food transition from feed to a natural diet?

To make the transition correctly, we must maintain the feed diet and gradually introduce small servings the natural food.

We must know that the digestion of feed is much heavier than that of natural food, so we should never mix them in the same intake.

The digestion of natural food is faster, easier, and easier.

The transition process lasts approximately 7 days (although it depends on the dog, if it is a dog with a sensitive stomach it should take more time) and for us to get an idea, the dosage would be the following:

  • Day 1-2: 25% feed and 25% natural food.
  • Day 3-4: 50% feed and 50% natural food.
  • Day 5-6: 25% feed and 75% natural food.
  • Day 7: 100% natural food.

Bland diet

This diet is highly recommended for furry animals that have spent most of their life eating based on feed.

If we carry out a soft diet we must offer our friend between 70%-80% lean meat and 20% -30% vegetable.

By lean meats, I mean chicken, turkey, and pork tenderloin.

And as for vegetables, preferably we talk about zucchini, carrot, pumpkin or eggplant.

We can cook boneless meat with vegetables, everything without salt and preferably steamed.

The soft diet is usually carried out for 2 to 5 days, and then we can begin to include the viscera.

The transition that you must follow if you want to carry out a soft diet is the following:

  • Day 1-7: Cooked soft diet.
  • Day 8-10: Add viscera.
  • Day 13-15: To incorporate meaty bones.

Quick switch to a natural diet

The most normal thing is to apply it in puppies or young dogs healthy people who have fed processed foods in a short period of time.

For this reason, it will be much easier to adapt to the characteristics of the new natural diet.

By quick change, we mean radically changing the diet One day to another.

However, it should be served using the doses recommended and calculated by a nutritionist.

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The importance of observing bowel movements

The feces of our furry animals provide us with information about how it is tolerating the change in diet.

With transitions, it is common for them to appear diarrhea, mucous membranes, gas or constipation.

This would be normal for 2 or 3 days and should not be alarmed.

If the symptoms do not go away, we recommend visiting the vet because we may need to go back a few steps in the transition process.

Annotation: Two weeks before starting and during the transition, we can add probiotics naturally to prepare your gut microbiota. Yogurt and kefir are highly recommended.

Very bad diarrhea, even with blood? Dehydration that may even require serum?

In this case, the problem is not a poor performance in the transition process from one meal to another, but the possible presence of internal dog parasites such as tapeworms or giardia.

Therefore, before changing to another food diet, you must be very sure that the dog is completely dewormed.

In this way, we will avoid harming our dog and we can make a food transition without digestive problems.


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