what is the safest way to change food for my puppy(4 months)? i thought it was over 7 days or so gradually but I also heard 50/50 mix sprinkled with probiotics in 3 feedings(1 day). any suggestions?
Whenever I've changed foods (brands, not "flavors" among the same brand), I start with a 50/50 mix. I usually wait until I have about 5 pounds of the old food left, then mix in a 5 pound bag of the new food. When that's about half gone, I add another 5 pound bag of the new food, and continue like that maybe one more time.
I'm glad you asked that question. I am planning on changing my puppy's food too. I am giving her Blue Buffalo Large Breed. But she is pooping like an elephant..lol I was also told here that she doesn't need to be on Large Breed food. Her breeder fed them Loyall. I am trying to figure out what to switch her to...Any suggestions on what food is good?
I change the food 1/4 cup at a time, for 3 days.
So, the first day would be 1/4 cup of new food & the rest old food for breakfast and dinner. I do this for 3 days. Then move to 1/2 cup of new food, the rest old food, both breakfast and dinner...and so on. As long as my girls tolerate it well. If I notice any issues, I slow the transition down a little more.
My girls get 3/4 cup of food at each feeding, so the transition takes about a week.
I would also be interested in food suggestions. he is on blue buffalo now and poops 5-6 times a day & they are loose.
I usually do what Micks Mom does - but I have not changed foods in a few years. It it ain't broke, as they say - - -
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I would suggest something a little milder like California Natural if you're looking for a premium food, or Eukanuba or Proplan if you're looking for a good, midgrade food available at Petco or Petsmart.
Wait until your pup is a little older before switching him to a rich food.
Change of food may bring difference and it is sometimes not suitable for the dogs. So better is to be on the previous diet.