Changing Your Animal’s Food
Changing your animal’s food requires patience. Animals rely on us for their food and I feel it is important to read the labels and understand each ingredient. The first ingredient should be meat, not meal, sugar, chemicals or preservatives. Pet food manufacturers often use dyes to make the food look appealing to humans.
Our Animal’s Journey
At one time we shared our lives with 5 dogs and 9 cats. We made their food, it was time-consuming and required more space in the refrigerator. I researched other options finding organic products and each time we made a change in their diets our animals responded with increased health. Our current furry family consists of 1 dog and 3 cats ranging in age from 7 to 16.
Current Animal’s Food
Our cats love Life’s Abundance canned mixed with Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Chicken Raw. At night the cats get a small amount of Life’s Abundance grain free dry. It took 3 months for our youngest cat to eat the canned and dehydrated raw. Our dog is an active Border Collie, and very happy with Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Raw. She has maintained her normal weight and her coat is soft and shiny. You can check out Honest Kitcher here http://bit.ly/1R64fpn.
Steps To Changing Food
Before making any change (even a different flavor of the same brand) it is suggested to make notes of the brand, flavor, amount fed each time. Please be sure to monitor your animal’s stool and any other reaction. If your animal is uncomfortable or has a serious reaction please seek your veterinarian’s advice immediately.
These are the steps we took each time to change our animal’s food to the new food. Use the same brand and the same flavor with steps 1 through 3 unless your animal has reactions or is allergic. Repeat steps 1 through 3 each time you change flavors or brands. Be sure to have a large bowl of fresh water at all times.
1. Days 1 through 5: Feed your animal their current food, decreasing their old food by 1/3 and substituting the same amount with the new food and mix together. Monitor your animal for diarrhea or any reaction.
2. Days 6 through 8: if there is no reaction from the first 5 days decrease the old food amount by another 1/3 replacing it with the same amount of the new food and mix together.
3. Days 9 through 14 you will be feeding only the new food. Be aware that some animals may have a reaction to different flavors of the same brand. Read the labels, not all animals can digest every meat source or vegetable.
Our animals have digestion issues with beef, duck, venison, and pheasant, but they like chicken and turkey. You may also find adding a good probiotic and enzymes will assist your animal’s digestion.
Each animal is different and it is suggested to begin feeding them the new food when you will be home and able to watch them for any reactions or loose stool.
This article is provided for information & educational purposes only. It is based on my own personal experience with our animals.
Suzi Dalling © 2017