How to Change Your Dog's Food to a Fresh Diet

13 Jul 2011 | Written by Freshpet

How to Change Your Dog's Food to a Fresh Diet If you're thinking about feeding your dog fresh dog food, here are some tips for making a healthy change. Changing your dog food doesn't have to be a stressful process, but it should be a gradual one.

Consider Your Dog

Freshpet fresh dog food comes in many formulas and flavors including grain-free, meat, poultry and fish varieties, so there's a Freshpet fresh dog food flavor that's sure to work for your best friend. Dogs that are still growing should get Freshpet Puppy food. If your pet has allergies, choose a formula that avoids his sensitive ingredients. If you're currently feeding a specific protein (such as lamb, beef or bison), stick to it for the time being. There's time to try new proteins after your dog adjusts to the change from dry or canned to fresh. Pay attention to the feeding guidelines on the side of the package. Our Slice and Serve rolls have markings much like a stick of butter, so you can feed the right amount of food based on your pet's weight.  

Take Your Time 

The switch to fresh pet food should be done slowly and gradually. Start by introducing one part new food to three parts old food then, over the course of a week or so, gradually increase the new food until he's eating only fresh, natural dog food.  

Observe His Preferences 

Try putting the fresh dog food in the same bowl with the dry and see what your dog prefers. We've seen many dogs work around the dry or canned food and actively seek out the fresh! It's easy to tell what they like.  

Control the Variables 

Never switch his food, treats, shampoo and schedule at the same time. You'll never know what's working and what's not. Stick to the status quo and change one thing at a time.  

Pay Attention to the Results

Are you seeing less "mess" in the yard? It's probably because your dog is digesting and absorbing fresh food better. Are his eyes clearer? His coat shinier? Because there are no corn or wheat ingredients and no fillers in fresh dog food (just fresh veggies and meat) they often look and feel better. If your dog experiences diarrhea or stomach upset, likely the transition is happening too fast. Try slowing it down and stretch the transition out over a couple of weeks.  

Ask for Help

Don't hesitate to ask your vet about your dog's specific food needs. The vet can help make the transition easier. Also, our customer care team can provide lots of great tips for changing your dog's diet to fresh dog food and can help you choose the fresh pet food that will work best for your dog.

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