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Switching foods - Making sure they still eat the old stuff

December 18th, 2005, 09:06 AM
Does anyone have any tips on making sure your dog eats both the old and new foods when you switch them over? I know you're supposed to do the switch gradually so I've figured out what amounts of each are needed to do so over a week.

Breakfast today was the first day with some of the new food in the dish and the little brat ate the new stuff (all 5 pieces of it) and won't eat the rest!

December 18th, 2005, 09:26 AM
lol, very smart!

Feed the old food first then give the new food once the old is finished... that way they have to eat the old to get the new and their stomach has old in it to buffer against new... ummm did that make sense? :o

December 18th, 2005, 04:46 PM
It depends how they digest it. If they are digesting the new one alone just fine, then don't worry about it. If they aren't, you have to feed the old first then the new.

December 19th, 2005, 07:26 AM
I tried feeding the old stuff first, but he knows there's better to be had now so he's not really eating much of it and holding out for the newer stuff.

He's only had 4 meals of it thus far and doesn't appear to be taking issue with the new food. Just so I know, if there were going to be digestion problems, when would they happen?

December 19th, 2005, 07:47 AM
You would know fairly quickly if Charley was going to have issues with the new food but from what you are seeing I wouldn't switch foods often. He seems as if he would become very picky.
If he seems to be ok then just give the new.

December 19th, 2005, 11:00 AM
Good thing I've never put chicken or beef in his food dish...

He seems to like this new stuff, so I won't be changing again for a long while.

I ended up going with the PetValu 'store brand knock off' of Eagle Pack food (everything but the price and packaging is the same). The new food doesn't have any corn in it so I'm hoping it'll lessen the tear stains.