Transitioning Your Dog to a New Complete Dry Food: Tips for a Smooth Change

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Introducing a new complete dry dog food into your furry friend's diet can be a significant adjustment, both for them and for you as a pet owner. Whether you're switching brands, formulations, or transitioning from wet to dry food, it's essential to do so gradually to minimise digestive upset and ensure a smooth changeover. 

We want to ensure all canine companions are happy and healthy, so here are some handy tips to help you navigate the transition process successfully.

  1. Gradual Introduction:

Start by mixing a small amount of the new dry food with your dog's current food. Begin with a ratio of about 25% new food to 75% old food and gradually increase the proportion of the new food over the course of 7-10 days.

  1. Monitor Digestive Health:

Keep a close eye on your dog's stools during the transition period. Loose stools or gastrointestinal discomfort may indicate that the new food does not agree with them. If you notice any adverse reactions, slow down the transition process or consult your veterinarian for guidance.

  1. Maintain Consistency:

Try to maintain consistency in feeding times and portion sizes throughout the transition. This helps your dog adjust to the new food more easily and minimises disruptions to their routine.

  1. Mixing Techniques:

Some dogs may be picky eaters and reluctant to try new food. Mixing in some warm water or low-sodium broth can enhance the aroma and flavour of the new food, making it more appealing to your dog.

  1. Patience and Persistence:

Transitioning to a new food can take time, so be patient and persistent. It's normal for dogs to take a few days to adjust to the taste and texture of unfamiliar food.

  1. Observe Behaviour Changes:

Pay attention to any changes in your dog's behaviour or energy levels during the transition. While some adjustment period is normal, significant changes in appetite or activity levels should be discussed with your vet.

  1. Stay Positive:

Dogs can pick up on their owner's emotions, so maintain a positive attitude throughout the transition process. Encourage and praise your dog for trying new food, even if they're initially hesitant.

  1. Consult Your Vet:

If you have any concerns or questions about transitioning your dog to a new complete dry food, don't hesitate to seek advice from your veterinarian. They can offer personalised recommendations based on your dog's specific dietary needs and health status.

By following these tips and taking a gradual approach, you can help ensure a successful transition to a new complete dry dog food for your beloved pet. Remember to be patient, observant, and proactive in monitoring your dog's health and well-being during this process.

If you have been searching for a new dog food that will have your pets jumping for joy at how delicious they are, and you want nothing more than to ensure your canine companions are getting the most nutrition out of every bite, then Slobber & Chops has the selection for you.

All of our recipe ranges are cooked up to contain as many nutrients as possible, keeping the full, mouth-watering flavours sealed in right alongside them. This ensures your dog is truly getting the best of both worlds, as each bag will contain a healthy meal that is also a treat to eat.

If you have any questions about transitioning to a new dog food, our in-store staff are on hand to help and can take you through our complete range of foods. Alternatively, drop us an email at

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