Many owners do an abrupt switch. However, it is important to remember that our cats and dogs have half the length of digestive tract that we do – making them more susceptible to digestive sensitivity, and disruption, when changing foods.
Along with this shorter digestive tract are fewer digestive bacteria. The existing bacteria adjust to the new diet, but often not immediately. The importance of a gradual transition cannot be overstated.
The optimal pet transition
Therefore, the easiest way is to mix the new food with the existing diet.
Start with ¼ of the diet being the new food. After 4 days go to ½ being the new diet.
After another 4 days go to ¾. At 12 days, switch over completely.
Some cats and dogs have more sensitive digestive tracts
If you feel that your pet may be more sensitive, do either or both of the following:
- Start with 1/8 of the new diet for the first 4 days – making the transition be 16 days.
- Add digestive enzymes to the diet for the transition period. Prozyme is an excellent digestive enzyme supplement.
If you have further questions regarding transitioning diets, please call us. We will always support you and the health of your pet.
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