Friday, November 8, 2013

Making the Switch

Because of the issues we have had with Edi and kibble before, we were seriously nervous about switching up his kibble.  We were not looking forward to dealing with daily upset stomachs we worked so hard to eliminate.  So we decided to switch out slowly.  

While typical kibble transition calls for a 10-day switch, we took nearly 3 weeks to make the full switch.  We pre-packaged Ziplocks with the different ratios. Ed gets 3 cups a day and we increased in quarter-cup increments (i.e. 2 3/4 old, 1/4 new; 2 1/2 old, 1/2 new...), feeding each increase for 3 days.

It was a slow switch, but having the ratios pre-packaged made it so much easier - and it was worth it.  We had absolutely no issues in our transition.

Have you ever switched your pooches food?  How did it go?


  1. Love this! We went super slow too, I figured it would help us identify any allergy issues as well as digestive upset and going slow just felt right! Love the pre-packaged idea!!! Awesome!

  2. We are lucky-- I can have the pups on one food one day, and literally another the next. Not that I do that often but it's pretty easy. As long as I stick to grain-free and no chicken we never have tummy troubles. Way back when Hades was on food with lamb as the first ingredient and he was super gassy so we cut that one out. But now lamb is one of the ingredients in his food and his stomach is fine so who knows. (They are on a beef/boar/lamb food.)

    I have definitely dealt with stomach upset in fosters changing foods though. We always had to take it pretty gradually with Madden. I was never diligent enough to measure it out, but I'd just eyeball it and go slow.