If your dog has primarily eaten kibble his or her whole life, you want to be particularly careful as you transition to a fresh foods diet. Kibble is heavily processed and not as rich in meat as the packaging may indicate. As a result, moving towards a more meat rich diet like Grocery Pup requires a gradual transition process.
Think of this process as going from vegetarian to carnivore. It’s a process you don’t want to rush so the digestive system has time to properly adjust.
Some pets can transition in just a few days and some need as long as a week to ten days. More sensitive pets with delicate stomachs can take even longer.
1. Add New Food Gradually
We recommend a gradual break-in period, meaning that you slowly wean your dog off one food while gradually introducing him or her to the other food.
Days 1-3: Start by using 3/4 of a typical serving size of your dog’s current food and adding 1/4 of the new food.
Days 4-7: If your pet accepts the new food during days 1-3, continue offering the new food for the morning meal and their current food for the evening meal during the next three days. You can also do a 50/50 mix in their bowl for each meal. If your pet’s stool is soft or loose as a result of the transition, introduce the new food more slowly.
Days 8+: When your pet has transitioned successfully, you can begin feeding fresh foods for both meals. Many pets transition quickly and consume the fresh food with excitement or as one customer has put it, “like a total maniac!” If you find your dog is eating the food too quickly, look into slow-feeder bowls to slow them down.
2. Check Your Dog’s Poop
To determine how your pet’s system is accepting the new diet, monitor their poops. On a fresh food diet, your dog’s poops will be greatly reduced in size. They will become small, firm and void of any offensive order.
However, during the transition period, you may see their poops lose shape. If this does happen, slow down the transition period so their digestive system has more time to adjust.
3. Include a Probiotic
For pets with severe digestive and/or gastrointestinal upset, we recommend adding a digestive enzyme to aid with the transition. Giving your dog either a probiotic supplement or probiotic-containing food like goat’s milk yogurt, which is easier on dogs’ stomachs than cow’s milk, will help with this.
What to Expect Once Your Dog Successfully Transitions
Many customers tell us they see dramatic changes in their pets after switching to Grocery Pup. Aside from healthier and more compact poops, other benefits include:
- More energy and increased vitality
- Relief from common skin problems, especially those caused by food intolerances
- A shiny and healthy coat
- Improved digestion and fresher breath
- Extended life and improved quality of life