This article will explain in detail the dog food conversion method.
Firstly, what does it mean? Well, in simple terms, when you change your dogs nutrition, you should undergo some conversion practices. Many animals react with severe diarrhoea and vomiting to a rapid change of diet. Therefore, it is important to conduct a gentle food conversion.
For most dogs, a slow change of feed is not a problem. However, too rapid a change can lead to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract with this lasting for up to 7-14 days.
Recommendation: In case of persistent diarrhoea or vomiting a vet should be consulted.
Our Recommended Food Conversion Method
To make a food change as gently as possible, the old feed should be mixed with the new for several weeks. While at the beginning the old food is the major part of the daily food with the new food only being fed in small portions. Over the course of the weeks, the amount of new food should steadily increase until the old food is completely replaced. With this approach, problems derived from the change in diet can be almost completely avoided.
With a change of diet, the body can react through diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain and vomiting. Therefore, a slow feed change is recommended.
Also, certain feeds should not be mixed together. For example, wet food is digested much faster compared to dry food. Therefore, a parallel feed of both brings the digestive system into confusion. In order to avoid this, having dry and wet food at separate meal times is recommended.