AND AVOID STINKY, GURGLY, MESSY SITUATIONS.
Carefully transitioning your pet onto their new diet is vital for their success and avoiding digestive upset. For many pets, ten days is usually sufficient, but for some this may need to happen more gradually.
If your pet has been eating the same thing for a long time, their body is accustomed to that food. When you are introducing a new diet, especially a diet made with whole food ingredients, you need to give your pet’s system time to adjust. This is especiallytrue for pets who are experiencing concurrent medical conditions.
To put it into perspective, if you were eating a strictly vegetarian diet and then decided to eat a steak, you, too, would probably experience the consequences of such a rapid diet change.
The long-term benefits of switching your pet to a more whole food, minimally processed ingredient diet designed specifically for their medical conditions will outweigh the inconvenience of a slow transition.
If your pet has complex medical concerns, your pet may need to do a longer transition. Speak with your veterinary team about what is best for your individual pet.
If you have any concerns, contact your veterinary team for assistance.
If your pet refuses to eat, develops vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive gas, or experiences constipation, it maybe that the transition is happening too quickly for them. Please contact your veterinary team to ensure there are no concerns, and then, if appropriate, try making the transition to the new food more gradually.
If you have any questions, our Customer Care team is happy to help, although please remember that talking to us is not a substitute for speaking directly to your veterinarian. They are the expert who knows your pet and understands their medical needs best.
The typical transition to a new diet can take 5-10 days, but depending on your pet, their preferences, and their medical profile, that can vary.
Err of the side of taking it slow to minimize any digestive upset.
Be sure to provide plenty of privacy. Although we want to watch and evaluate what our pets think of a new diet, our attention can be off-putting.
Cats are particularly discerning, so don't be frustrated if they take a little longer. Taste, texture, and temperature all play into what your cat chooses to eat. Cats have unique nutritional needs and should never go more than 24 hours without eating.If your cat is not eating, please connect with your veterinary team.