Whether for medical reasons or an unhappy diet, pet owners may change their pet’s diet and nutrition. However, changing a pet’s diet is not easy, so the transition should be planned carefully.
Pets are Creatures of Habit
Like people, pets like routine – they want a predictable schedule and activity. Feeding your pet the same food day after day can be a difficult habit to break. The good news is, making the change can improve your pet’s health. The best way to make the change is to understand the problem and create a solution that best suits your pet’s needs.
Tips to Successfully Changing your Pet’s Diet and Nutrition
The first step is gradually feeding the new food to your pet daily. Mix the new food with the old food in small amounts. Slowly increase the ratio of the new food and eventually fully introduce the new one. After a few days, your pet will have become accustomed to the new food. Introduce only one new food at a time, make it fun for them to get used to the new diet
Once the new food is in the system, it is vital to observe its behavior during the transition. Therefore, you should monitor your pet’s weight and appetite while making the change. If you suspect your pet is ill, slow down the transition and consult a veterinarian. If the new food is too expensive, you can always try introducing a few treats to the new food.
It can be a difficult task to take on, but when you consider the health benefits that it can have for your pet, it’s worth it.
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