How to Transition Your Dog's Food

To ensure your pet is getting all the right nutrients they need to live their very best life, you might find offering a different food is the answer. Hold the dinner drama! Changing your dog’s food does not have to be a monumental event — but there are some recommended steps pet parents should take to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Why You May Want to Transition Your Pet to a New Food

Just like you may have to make some adjustments to your own diet to keep yourself at your healthiest, you may similarly have to change your pet’s diet to keep them in the best possible shape.

Has your picky eater suddenly decided that they do not like their kibble? An unexpected dislike of their old food may indicate transitioning into a new life stage. Other reasons why it may be recommended to change your dog’s food can include:

  1. Your pet’s current food causes gastrointestinal (GI) upset, like gas or diarrhea 
  2. Your pet is overweight and needs a weight-loss food
  3. Your pet has allergies that may be alleviated through a specialized diet
  4. Your pet is suffering from ailments like dull haircoat or poor energy that can be alleviated through additional nutrients (such as omega-3 fatty acids) in their diet 
  5. Your pet has been diagnosed with a health condition that requires a specific diet to help treat.

How to Transition Your Pet to a New Food

Many people have a misconception about how to do this - around 75% of people will simply mix the old kibble with the new kibble, which elongates the transition process and leads to digestive trouble. 

It's better to transition your dog's food in a 10 day period - 3 days of 1/4 new 3/4 existing, 3 days 1/2 new 1/2 existing, 3 days of 3/4 new 1/4 existing.  By the 10th day, the dog will have seamlessly transitioned.  


Additional Pet Food Transition tips:

  • Use additional products to aid during this process like Pumpkin. Pumpkin products have lots of fiber and will assist in firmer stool.
  • Use Goats Milk or Kefir products, like Open Farm or Answers, for additional pri and probiotics which helps with absorption and digestion.
  • InClover Probiotics will also help with the transition.


To purchase the essentials to assist with this process as recommended above, the one stop shop place to go is Dirty Dogs and Meow’s 6 locations or, for same day local delivery and autoship discounts. 

Rest assured, your dog’s food transition will be a breeze when you go to a Dirty Dogs and Meow - with 6 San Diego locations — in Carlsbad, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Del Mar Highlands, Hillcrest, Solana Beach and Torrey Hills.  Dirty Dogs and Meow sells top pet food brands and products like Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up, Open Farm Goat Milk, Answers Goat Milk, InClover Digestive Aid Powder, and many more to accomplish any pet’s food transition.

Armed with all of this knowledge, you can now successfully navigate your dog’s new diet. We’re sure they can’t wait to learn what’s on the menu!

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