CHANGING YOUR PETS DIET

 

Most pets will accept a change in diet without difficulty or side effects. Some pets withdefinite favorite tastes can present more of a challenge. The palatability of some prescription diets may be reduced due to the need to have more or less of certain ingredients, for example less salt or fat.

TO INTRODUCE A NEW DIET

Gradually shift from the old food to the new food by mixing the two. Start with 75% of the old one and 25% of the new, gradually increase the new food and decrease the old over the course of a week or two. This will reduce the risk of side effects from a sudden food change such as diarrhea.
Warm the food to body temperature, especially if feeding from a previously opened and refrigerated can. This can be especially helpful with cats who don’t enjoy cold food.
Opened cans should be covered and placed into a container with a sealed lid whilst refrigerated.
You can also try adding a small amount of your pets favourite treat to the new food for a few days to entice them into trying something new.
If you are having a lot of trouble, try hand feeding the food like it is a treat. This will let your pet know that they are pleasing you by eating it.
Leave the food down for only 20 minutes at a time. Don’t leave it sit and become stale. Most pets will learn to eat at the set feeding time

REMEMBER IF YOU ARE ON A PRESCRIPTION DIET PLEASE CALL THE CLINIC AND ORDER YOUR FOOD A WEEK BEFORE YOU DESPERATELY NEED IT SO WE CAN ENSURE IT IS IN STOCK WHEN YOU COME TO COLLECT IT.

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