Q: How do I introduce new food to my dog?
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Q: I'm introducing new dog food into my dog's diet, but she always gets sick around the third day of the new dog food. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Dog food should be switched very slowly.
Perhaps you have been trying to change your dog over to her new dog food too quickly.
Here is a good pace for the process of giving your dog new dog food:
- For the first 7-10 days feed her about 10% of the new dog food mixed with 90% of the old dog food. That is such a small amount that hopefully it won't affect her negatively.
- Next increase the new dog food by 10% every week. After about 10 weeks your dog will be eating a full bowl of her new dog food!
It will take a while but it sounds like your dog has a very sensitive stomach. Also make sure that you are choosing a high quality dog food that is recommended by your veterinarian.