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Changing your dog's food

While some dogs have robust stomachs and will happily woof down anything, many are more sensitive and are easily irritated by a change in diet. It is important you transition your dog into new food slowly and gradually.

The best way to start the transition is by mixing small amounts of the new food into their regular food, keeping the total quantity of food the same.

On day one you can substitute in just under a quarter of the amount with the new food, and over a seven day period, increase the substitution amount. By day three or four, you should have about a 50/50 mixture of both foods, until on the seventh day, they have 100% new food.

If at any point you notice your dog is having difficulty digesting or is becoming off their food, you should slow the process, just incorporating as much of the new food as you can at a time, till they are fully on the new diet.

Signs of a sensitive stomach include being windy, vomiting, diarrhoea (or a mixture). If your dog vomits or has diarrhoea, feed it boiled rice and some cooked chicken for a maximum of 24 hours, giving no other food or treats during this time. Start again on the normal food mixed with rice, decreasing the amount of rice over a couple of days.

Remember to be patient, there is no harm in slowing the process - even up to a two week period. If your dog is used to a specific diet they may find it harder accepting a new one. Slowing the process will help with acceptance and also minimise the risk of digestive issues.