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    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?

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    I would also be interested in food suggestions. he is on blue buffalo now and poops 5-6 times a day & they are loose.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
    I would also be interested in food suggestions. he is on blue buffalo now and poops 5-6 times a day & they are loose.
    Blue Buffalo may be too rich for him.
    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.

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    When I was told how to switch foods, I did it a 1/4 cup at a time a day. So it took a few days. Keep an eye on its poop and if it starts to get runny cut back a little.

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    Change of food may bring difference and it is sometimes not suitable for the dogs. So better is to be on the previous diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adens View Post
    Change of food may bring difference and it is sometimes not suitable for the dogs. So better is to be on the previous diet.
    If the previous diet is not working for the dog it is not better to stay on it.
    Why would you keep your dog on a food that is not working for them???

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