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Use this method to make switching foods easier and gentler on your pet’s digestive system

There are a number of good reasons you might change the food your pet is eating, including:

  • Pet enters a new stage of life [puppy/kitten stage to adult, or adult to senior]
  • Pet develops a food allergy
  • Pet requires a prescription diet to manage health issues, such as obesity or liver disease
  • Pet refuses to eat its regular food
  • Pet could benefit from a higher-quality food than the one it currently eats

[Note: Before changing your pet’s diet, consult with your veterinarian.
In the case of prescription diets, your pet may need to be
on a strictly measured amount, rather than free-choice feeding.]


The key to making the switch is to gradually introduce the new food, so that your pet’s digestive system has time to adjust to the new ingredients.

Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, recommends using this formula to introduce a new food to your pet:

Days 1 and 2: Feed 3 parts old food and 1 part new food*

Days 3 and 4: Feed 2 parts old food and 2 parts new food (i.e. half and half)

Days 5 and 6: Feed 1 part old food and 3 parts new food

Day 7: Feed only the new food

*Be sure to calculate how much of each food to give, so that you are not overfeeding.

Note: If your pet experiences loose stools during the transition, your veterinarian may recommend adding probiotics to the diet.

Questions? Clients of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic can Contact Us for more information.


This article originally appeared on January 21, 2016.

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