3 Steps to Successfully Switch Your Dog’s Pet Food

Whether your dog needs a therapeutic food or they’re just entering a new stage of life, there are several reasons you may need to transition them to a different pet food. When the time comes to make the switch, you’ll want to do it in a way that doesn’t cause stomach upset. Here are three tips that can help.


Determine the proper serving

bag of dry hills food with highlight on recommended feeding chart

It’s never good to overfeed your dog, so make sure the amount you’re giving them is appropriate for their weight and health needs. The best resource to ask is your veterinarian, but you can also check the feeding guides on the pet food packaging for a general idea.


Follow this 7-day transition schedule

Once your portions are correct, gradually decrease the amount of current (old) dog food while increasing the amount of new dog food. Be patient — if it seems like your dog needs a little more time, add an extra day or two to the schedule.

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DAYS 3-4
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DAYS 5-6
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Add canned food as a topper if needed

dog eating from bowl with can of wet hill's food on the side

While it’s not a necessity, some dogs are a little more stubborn than others, and a little wet food can make all the difference. Be sure to check with your vet on the proper amounts, so as to not go over his daily caloric intake requirements.