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Q: Another Food/Yorkie Question

July 25, 2009 | By Deonk1 | 3 answers | Expired: 1850 days ago

Deonk1

Thanks to everyone for the advice. Ok so if the breeder starts the puppy on one of her choice feeds, which obviously aren't the greatest from everyone's reviews, how long should I wait before I start switching? I want my puppy to get the best nutrition possible? I know how to switch a horse's feed, how gradual does a dogs food change have to be? how long should it take to switch etc.

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VetTech81
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Aug 04, 2009

get enough of whatever the puppy is currently eating to last about 7-10 days. the first day feed her the old food by itself because the stress of leaving "home" will be hard enough at first, then gradually mix in the new food over 7-10 days. start with 3/4 old food to 1/4 new food for 2-3 days, then 1/2 and 1/2 for 2-3 days, then 1/4 to 3/4 for 2-3 days. Watch the puppy carefully for vomiting and diarrhea during this time, if either of these develop take a step back in the process for another day or two, and re-examine the new food to make sure it's a good one. (if at all possible avoid anything with meals, byproducts, and fillers)

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Makayla Y.
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Jul 25, 2009

I do not know how we did it with Truman but with Angel we mixed the food she was getting at the shelter and the food we have, she did not like the food she was getting so after about 2 days we did it plain and she did not puke or anything at all! So buy a little bit of their food once only and if you do The Honest Kitchen dog food, just put more of the food this dog is having and mix it with a little bit of The Honest Kitchen food, and do less of the breeders food and more of The Honest Kitchen food over time and your dog will be happy with its food and eat it really fast don't freak out thought if he or she does that.
Good Luck!!

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Theresa L.
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Jul 25, 2009

I read on this site, somewhere, that the change over should take 7 - 10 days.

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