Transfer to another dry food: how to?
Any changes in the diet is a responsible decision, which must be agreed with a veterinarian. It is important not only to choose the right new food, but also to correctly transfer the pet to it. There are two ways to do this. Let’s talk about them in our article!
Why is the gradual transition to a new diet – is it so important? What will happen if the usual feed is immediately replaced by a new one?
Digestion features of dogs and cats
The digestive system of cats and dogs is designed in such a way as to “remember” food and to digest well those foods that the pet eats regularly. The body of the pet produces a certain set of enzymes that are needed for the digestion and assimilation of familiar foods. But with the introduction of a new product into the diet, these enzymes are no longer enough. The body has to rebuild, produce other enzymes.
If the diet is changed too often or abruptly, the digestive system does not have time to adapt and the pet may have metabolic disorders, digestive upsets and severe allergic reactions. To avoid this, the transition to a new feed must be done gradually and correctly. There are two ways to do this.
Transfer from one feed to another: two ways
1 way. Displacement
At each feeding, 1 / 7-1 / 10 of the feed is removed from the standard volume of a single serving, and a new one is added instead.
Each day, the number of parts of the new feed is increased by 1.
Thus, in 7-10 days, you completely replace the previous feed with a new one.
The disadvantage of this method:
Dry food can be in the dog’s stomach for a long time. If, when transferring to a new feed, you see a negative reaction of the gastrointestinal tract or an allergic reaction, you cannot determine the exact cause. Perhaps this is a new food, and perhaps a conflicting reaction to the combination of the ingredients of both feeds that are in the dog’s stomach.
Therefore, there is another way.
Transfer to another feed
2 way. Translation with a break for natural nutrition
Any natural diet (meat, fish, porridge, vegetables) contains much more moisture. Such food goes through the digestion process faster and does not linger in the stomach for as long as dry food.
Unfortunately, the natural type of feeding has a lot of minuses:
At home, it is difficult to balance the composition and proportions of the ingredients to ensure that the dog / cat has a full intake of all the nutrients and vitamins. An imbalance in this case can lead to disruption of the animal.
Such food carries less energy. A growing body or, for example, a sports dog, an active cat may not have enough energy for life. It also leads to a malfunction in the body of the animal.
Cooking natural food takes much more time and resources of the owner. Often, such nutrition is more expensive than a properly selected balanced high-quality dry food.
However, temporarily, to transfer from one dry feed to another, natural nutrition becomes a good intermediary. It allows you to isolate one food from another and to avoid a conflict of ingredients.
How to transfer from one feed to another through natural nutrition?
For 1-2 days, the dog / cat is completely converted to natural nutrition (in accordance with the needs for animal proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins).
After 1-2 days, the dog / cat is offered a new feed (without mixing with the old).
Then we maintain the diet of the new dry food for 7-10 days and draw conclusions whether it suits the animal or not.
Transfer to another dry food
Nothing complicated, agree? However, these simple steps will help protect your pet from difficult health problems.
Be careful and do not forget that pets trust us themselves! How can we let them down?