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Discover tips and guidance on seamlessly transitioning diet for your furry friend's health and happiness.

How to transition pet food

Changing your pet’s diet is sometimes essential, but it requires careful planning to prevent stomach issues. Here’s a simple guide to help you smoothly transition your pet to a new food and avoid any discomfort.

Why change your pet’s food?

There are several reasons why you may need to change your pet’s diet. It could be to regulate their weight; they may need to switch foods due to a medical requirement or life-stage change, for example pregnancy or nursing. Whatever the reason, having a plan to transition your pet to their new diet will help them make the change with the least amount of discomfort.

Planning to food transition

It’s important to plan your pet’s transition to their new diet – avoid switching from their old food to the new food all at once. A gradual transition process works best and will help to avoid any stomach complaints. Keep in mind the following:

  • Review pet food packaging for relevant guidelines and timeframes for transitioning as each brand will differ. 
  • Monitor your pet closely for any adverse reactions during the transition period.
  • Consult your vet for personalised advice, especially for pets with specific dietary needs. 

Tips for a smooth transition

Give your pet the best chance of a smooth transition to their new diet by following these tips:

  • Keep a regular feeding time, this will help create a routine for your pet.
  • Cut back on the treats while transitioning your pet to their new diet.
  • Be present – keep an eye on your pet during the transition process to see what their reaction is to the new food.

Keep in mind that some pets may need longer than 14 days to transition to a new diet and if you notice any change in your pet’s health, be sure to consult your vet. 

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