How do I transition my dog or cat to a new food?

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Dr Donna Spector

Most pets require 7-10 days to adjust to a new food because their intestinal tracts contain unique bacteria and enzymes that need to adapt to the proper digestion of a new food. It is recommended that dogs and cats eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water and they rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function. I recommend that 25 to 50% of their daily calories come from canned food. You can feed it all at one time during the day or break it up into 2 meals…whatever is easiest for you.

Follow these guidelines for either dry, canned or preferably a combination of Halo food*:

Days 1-3 75% old food, 25% Halo (if feeding a combo: 50% canned and 50% dry)
Days 4-5 50% old food, 50% Halo (if feeding a combo: 50% canned and 50% dry)
Days 6-7 25% old food, 75% Halo (if feeding a combo: 25-50% canned and 50-75% dry)
Days 8+ 100% Halo (25-50% canned and 50-75% dry Halo)

*If you have a pet with a sensitive stomach, transition them even more slowly (over 2 to 3 weeks) to avoid digestive upset.

If your dog or cat experiences digestive upset during the transition (poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or soft stool, etc), return to the new food amount that was not causing problems and keep them there for a few more days before continuing with the diet change. Once your pet is eating all Halo, you can change between the flavors if you would like. There is no need for a transition period between flavors.

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