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Old September 4th, 2011, 03:12 PM
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MIXING DOG FOOD MEDI-CAL and ORIJEN

After reading the forms on dog food and there quality.. I know now that MEDI-CAL is NOT that GREAT of a dog food .. I would like to mix ORIJEN PUPPY with the medi-cal OR should i just switch her over to ORIJEN PUPPY
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Old September 4th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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If you have left over food that she is eating now there is no point wasting it in order to switch, just start adding the new food to the food she eats now and adjust the ratio until she is only on the new food and your old food has run out. Some dogs will get upset stomach from a direct switch as well.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 05:32 PM
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I just bought her a 30LBS bag of medi-cal lol ..i was going to mix it and till it was all gone !! but not sure if i should do that
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Old September 4th, 2011, 07:11 PM
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I agree with Cell just use what you have and mix the orijen in with it until its all gone.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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You can also take the medi-cal back. But it is best to switch slowly, especially for puppies. We do (or did, we don't use actual dog food anymore) it over a 2 week period. But both our boys have tummy issues.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 08:52 PM
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If the bag is unopened and you still have some of the old food left, I would mix what you have left and return the new bag. You could also donate it to a local shelter. A shelter will take an open bag so if you're completely out of the old food, open the bag, keep a week's worth and donate the rest.

I would gradually mix in the new food over a week or so. I'm not a fan of tippy toeying around food changes, the more often you change your dog's food and the more variety they have their tummies just get more accustomed to it. I rotate my dogs' food around so that they get a variety of nutrition. I can switch them cold turkey from one food to another and their poops don't suffer.

Keep in mind that Orijen is a very rich food and lots of pups get runny poos on it regardless. You might want to get yourself some canned pumpkin for the switch and add a little bit of it to each meal just as a preventative.
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