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.
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:
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.
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.