What to Expect When You Switch to Feeding Fresh

19 Nov 2021 | Written by Freshpet

You’ve decided to switch your pet from shelf-stable to fresh food – that’s great! If we had to guess, you too believe that the future of pet food looks a little something like this: recipes made with fresh, whole ingredients that are gently cooked without preservatives, and are kept in the fridge where meats belong. But what makes fresh food stand out from the rest? It all comes down to the positive physical and behavioral changes you’ll notice in your pet once you make the switch to fresh, healthy dog food.

What changes can I expect when my dog switches to fresh food?

When your dog says goodbye to kibble and hello to fresh recipes, they’ll also be welcoming a number of changes to their health and behavior, including:

What do I need to keep in mind when switching my dog to fresh food?

While there are numerous benefits to switching your dog from kibble to fresh food, it does require a bit of a mindset shift for pet parents. The big thing to keep in mind is that serving fresh meals, like Freshpet, is a four-step process.

It may seem daunting at first, but before you know it, these four steps to feeding the freshest, best dog food will become second nature.

How can I switch my dog from kibble to fresh food?

When making the switch from kibble to fresh food, the key is to take things slowly. If you transition too quickly, it can result in an upset stomach and digestive issues, neither of which will be too fun for you or your dog!

Start by feeding both Freshpet and your pet’s current food, and increase the amount of Freshpet every few days, while decreasing your pet’s current food. We recommend the following timeline:

By day 11, your dog’s digestive system will have become used to fresh food and you’re free to say goodbye to kibble for good. If you still have some of your dog’s old food left over, consider donating it to a local shelter or rescue organization. They are often happy to accept open packages of food, as long as they’re within their best-before period.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of what to expect when you switch to feeding fresh. If you have any other questions about whether fresh is right for your dog, speak to your veterinarian. They’ll be able to help to find the best type of food for your dog.

Responses to this Post

Jody Maxwell
12 Jan, 2022 at 07:35 pm
I have a 5 pound rescue Chihuahua that I had for two years now. The first few weeks I gradually changed his diet to Fresh Pet. I have bought this food for years for my other two dogs I lost before this one. I change his variety of Fresh Pet products so he doesn’t get bored of eating the same food constantly. I adopted him at two years old and he wasn’t in the best of health. Now he walks two to three miles a day and seems to have more energy. I feed him morning and night and he seems very satisfied when finished eating. I recommend this food to every dog owner. Happy dog owner and happy dog.
Cheryl Comer
5 Feb, 2022 at 10:57 pm
They have a middle-aged Staffordshire terrier about 8 years old and she was dealing with being lethargic stomach bloating and very loose poops she just didn't seem happy then we decided to try fresh pet she loves the chicken and we started doing that and took away the kibble remind you we have two Boston terriers also one is four and one is three they were still on kibble we began noticing the younger of the two Bostons was gaining too much weight and didn't have much energy so we decided to put both the Boston terriers on fresh pet and now we have all three eating fresh pet and they love it their energy level has gone through the roof they have healthier poops less poops their coats and eyes are shiny and we're just so pleased thank you fresh pet I believe you have extended the life of our three babies I would highly recommend fresh pet to anyone who has either dogs or cat you'd be amazed at the difference if you give it a chance and it's no big deal to prepare their meals now we've been doing this for about a year and it's just second nature now thank you again for your wonderful product
Jennifer Weible
2 Apr, 2022 at 01:57 pm
My 10 year old beagle has done wonderful with fresh pet . He has cushings and his food needs to be low fat. He always begs for more when done eating. He never did that before. His coat is shiny and he doesn't itch anymore.

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