When it comes to proper nutrition there will be times where you'll need or want to change the brand or formula in your pet's diet.
[MUSIC PLAYING] When it comes to proper nutrition, there will be times where you'll need or want to change the brand or formula in your dog or cat's diet. Reasons for change include the age of your pet, your pets need to lose or gain weight or follow a specific diet, bringing home a new pet, or just giving your pet more variety. Whatever the reason, transition to the new food slowly. Transitioning too quickly can lead to stomach upset. You should never give your pet a bowl of new food on the first day. Instead, over a period of about 7 to 10 days, mix an increasing amount of new food with old food. For example, for the first three days, mix 75% old food with 25% new. For the next three days, do a 50/50 mix of old and new. Then decrease the old to 25% and increase the new to 75%. By about day 10, you should be at 100% new food. Monitor the transition closely, and if your pet refuses to eat the new food or experiences vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, slow down the rate at which you're switching the food. If problems continue, consult your veterinarian.