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Transitioning to a new food

 

As a practicing vet I saw many pets with upset tummies due to a fast transition to a new food. This was usually because owners could tell their pet loved their new food and were keen to go all in on it! However it is important to slowly transition your pet to a new food so you give their gut microbiota time to adjust to the new diet.

For most pets

Most pets are fine with making the transition to a new food over 7 days. Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow:

Days 1-2: Feed 25% Genius food, 75% old food
Days 3-4: Feed 50% Genius food, 50% old food
Days 5-6: Feed 75% Genius food, 25% old food
Day 7: 100% Genius pet food

Pets with sensitive tummies

If you know your pet has a sensitive tummy or you are switching from a very low quality food or a food with very different ingredients than Genius pet food, then take it even more slowly. Try this:

Days 1-4: Feed 25% Genius food, 75% old food
Days 5-7: Feed 50% Genius food, 50% old food           
Days 8-13: Feed 75% Genius food, 25% old food
Day 14: 100% Genius pet food

Vomiting and diarrhoea

If your pet has any vomiting or diarrhea during the transition period then reduce the amount of the new food you give at the next meal and slow the transition process down further to allow more time for the gut microbiome to adapt.

Finicky eaters

  • Start by hand feeding the new food as a treat a little at a time. This makes it appeal as a high value reward! Gradually increase the amount they are getting as treats and then follow the 2 week transition protocol.
  • Try adding a small amount of warm water to dry food to soften it. Some dogs do have strong texture preferences and even having a food slightly softer will make a big difference.
  • Try scattering a few pieces of kibble about. Dogs are natural scavengers and many will comfortably hoover up something new in this way!