Switching Dog Foods

When switching a dog from one food to another, a gradual approach is often helpful. Over the course of a week, feed a mixture of old food and new. As the week progresses, decrease the proportion of old food and increase that of the new. If the animal seems to be having trouble adjusting to the new food, slow the rate of transition.

Pay careful attention to the recommended quantity of food. Foods made for dogs vary greatly in their nutritional density--the number of usable calories per cup or can. When switching foods, compare the recommended serving size of the new food with the recommended serving size of the old food. For example, if the old food carries a recommendation of four cups per day for a fifty pound dog, and the new food carries a recommendation of two cups per day for a fifty-pound dog, then the new food probably has about twice as many usable calories per cup as the old food.

In praise of variety. Most dogs do best with a varied diet. Variety helps keep immune systems strong and maintain good health. It also may help prevent food intolerance, obesity, allergies and other problems. Variety may also protect a dog from nutrient deficiencies not yet discovered by science. Many people provide variety by first feeding a dry food that matches the dietary requirements of the breed, age, activity level and overall health. Then they rotate high quality canned or raw foods for protein from a variety of sources. Need some more tips on how to ease a dog's transition from one food to another? Stop by one of our stores for a conversation with a Mud Bay staff member about what might work for your animal. Mud Bay stands by every food and supply we stock. If for any reason you, your dog or your cat isn't completely happy with something you've bought at Mud Bay, please bring it back. We'll trade it out for something that may work better, or simply refund your money.



We’re not veterinarians. Mud Bay staff are well educated, and our writing is well-researched, but neither the advice of a Mud Bay staff member nor reading Mud Bay's written materials can substitute for visiting a veterinarian. We offer carefully chosen, natural solutions, but we believe that veterinary conditions should be diagnosed and treated by professionals.