|Barked: Wed May 21, '14 12:39am PST |
|OMG no! the deal is, if you're not used to feeding your dog different brands, the switch should be made over the course of a whole month, not switch over to pedigree. That's a shameless plug.
Here's how it goes:
Most dogs can and should handle change. Think about your own body. If you were given nothing but canned chicken, broccoli and rice for every meal of every day and you had no power to eat, say, cereal, or a juicy steak, and then suddenly you were given a lobster dinner, wouldn't you have GI trouble? think about how many people switch to a veg diet and get sick the first three months or so, or people that are used to veg but sample a friend's hot dog and get violently ill for a week. It's the same principle, only with dogs, and we're talking about dog food.
Truth is, 2 different brands of dog food at the same time is PERFECTLY FINE for the vast majority of dogs. Now, if you've been feeding one kind for a very long time, you should expect a little trouble. It's best to start slow, but when a situation like this pops up, it's best just to calm down, and watch carefully. Chances are, the GI upset will subside, and now, what you have is a rotation. buy the food that you have before, but also feed the other two brands as well. You can switch off by meal, or by day, or even month by month, but a variety of food is likely (not scientifically but anecdotally) better than feeding one food all the time.
The throwing up is just the dog's body reacting to something it's not used to. that just means a process of time and patience and the dog will usually recover with no trouble. Just never punish a dog for vomiting is all. You keep dogs for long enough and you come to understand that vomit is just part of life with dogs. clean it up, or let them lick it back up, and life continues as normal.
A word about canned, though, if you regularly feed canned, you might consider a switch to a brand of dehyrated. Cans are wasteful to the environment and contain 66%-75% water. with dehydrated, you make your own wet food by putting your own water in it rather than paying for someone else's water.
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