Changes in Eating Habits in Dogs
Changes in Eating Habits in Dogs. Thinking about changing dog food brands or types because it is less expensive? Or maybe your dog has been sick to his stomach and you want to try out a new food. It may even be that your vet thinks your dog is allergic to lamb. Whatever the reason for the change in dog food, you must take it very slow to allow your pup’s tummy to adjust to its new food.
So, the best way to go about changing your dog’s food is to have some of the current food still on hand when making the change so that you can feed like this for at least 5 days to allow for the digestive transition needed to avoid sickness:
Day 1: Feed 75% of the current (old) food and mix in 25% of the new food in each serving to start the adjustment period for clean digestion.
Day 2: Adjust to feeding 60% of the old food and mix in 40% of the new food in each serving.
Day 3: Feed 50% of the old food, mixed with 50% of the new food per serving.
Day 4: Feed 40% of the old food, mixed with 60% of the new food per serving.
Day 5: Feed 25% of the old food, mixed with 75% of the new food per serving.
Day 6: Feed 90-100% of the new food as you should be very close to a clean digestive transition period.
Anytime a dogs eating habits change, we want to hear about it. All dogs are individuals, and what may be normal for one dog would be completely abnormal for another. Only you know what is normal for your dog, and only you can tell us when something changes.
Changes in food consumption can be complex. Even eating more can be a sign of illness. Dogs experiencing the early signs of some metabolic disorders, such as Cushing’s Disease or Hypothyroidism may suddenly start to eat more and gain weight. Increased stress, changes in exercise patterns, illness and/or infection can all lead to decreased appetite.
Here is a ‘short’ list of things that can cause dogs to decrease or stop eating:
-Dietary indiscretion aka “I didn’t know a dog could/would eat that!!”
-GI upset or GI blockage
-Transient viral infection
-Tick Fever or other tick born illnesses
-Ingestion of a toxic substance
-Mouth or throat pain
-Disease in any one of the internal organs
ANYTIME a dog stops eating altogether it is a medical emergency. Puppies experiencing decreased appetites should be seen immediately as their reserves are small and they can get into trouble quickly.