It is sometimes necessary to change the diet of your dog; because he is getting older and needs a senior dog food, because your female is full or because of a medical problem that requires a special diet.
If you change your diet too quickly, it can disrupt your digestive system, so make a smooth transition (7 to 10 days) so that it can get used naturally to enzymes and bacteria in your digestive system.
- Mix a small amount of new food with your current food or offer both foods separately.
- Over a period of 7 to 10 days, gradually increase the amount of new food added, while reducing the amount of old food until it is completely removed.
If you go from a wet food to a dry food, your dog will have to get used to the new texture. At first, he may chew more actively, he will take more time to eat and he will certainly need more water.
If he goes from a dry food to a wet food, he may drink a little less and he may be surprised by the lack of crispness. You can mix some cookies with wet food to add texture. It is important to remember that a portion of dry food may seem smaller than a portion of canned food. This is because dry food is usually calorie-dense, so your dog absorbs the same amount of energy in a smaller portion of dry food than with a larger amount of wet food.
If your dog refuses new food, even one recommended by your veterinarian, contact your veterinarian, as there may be a particular reason why it is difficult. Do not worry. There will definitely be an alternative food that you can try.