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Changing Your Dog's Diet

Contrary to popular belief, your dog doesn't need to eat the same food throughout his life to be healthy. In fact, there are instances when a switch to a different pet food can actually be beneficial.

Age & Activity Factors

Your dog's nutritional needs evolve as he ages. Puppies need more calories & protein to support growth while senior dogs experience a slower metabolism, and may require less protein to maintain a healthy liver & kidneys.

Food tailored to your dog's appropriate life stage can also support their activity needs. Senior foods may include ingredients like glucosamine & chondroitin to keep their joints moving while a puppy formula may provide extra fat & carbohydrates to support increased energy levels.

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When Food Sensitivities Surface

Food sensitivities like gastrointestinal upset, itchy skin or respiratory issues can develop over time, even if you've been feeding your dog the same food for years without incident.

A diet change that eliminates potential food sensitivities could minimize the health reactions in your pet.

Ready to Make a Dog Food Switch?

Ask our associates about life stage and lifestyle formulas and check with your vet if you're planning to switch for a specific health need.

How To Change Your Pet's Diet

The best way to switch your pet's food is by providing a gradual transition, which can reduce any gastrointestinal symptoms caused by an abrupt new food change.

Keep an eye on your pet's appetite & digestion each day. Some food brands recommend a 10-day switch, so you may need to adjust your pet's daily new food intake accordingly.

If you notice a loss in appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, consult your vet. Together, you may consider extending the food transition to ease any symptoms.

Infographic of seven-day steps to change dog food