Transition croquettes, how to do it correctly?

 Transition croquettes, how to do it correctly?


A dietary transition in dogs requires a certain knowledge of the animal’s nutritional needs as well as precision in the dosage. Indeed, a sudden change of kibble and unsuitable can be dangerous for the dog. For his growth, his health, or because of a pathology, a change of diet is necessary in many cases. To avoid any inconvenience to your pet, scoopdzair provides you with all the information you need to make a dietary transition in the best conditions.

What is the dietary transition for dogs?

The transition of kibbles is an important process when changing a dog’s diet. Indeed, it allows the dog to adapt smoothly to this new nutritional habit. The nature of this change is diverse:

  • replacement of dry food with a wet food
  • switching from a physiological food to another
  • switching from industrial food to a homemade ration, etc.

Maybe you want to offer your dog natural kibble to help him age better? A change of kibble within the same brand also requires a dietary transition. Finding the right food for your dog can be a long process, especially with the wide variety of dog food brands.

Why switch to new dog food?

To avoid the risk of digestive problems (diarrhea, vomiting…), the change of food for a dog must be done gradually. With an intestinal flora that is less developed and less diversified than that of a human being, this animal has a digestive tract that adapts slowly to changes. A dietary transition is essential to gently accompany him in this new stage and preserve his health. It is necessary for many situations during your pet’s life.

The kibbles usually used are no longer available

In stores or in your online pet shop, your dog’s favorite kibble may no longer be available or may be out of stock. A change of diet is then inevitable and will undoubtedly be beneficial as long as the dietary transition is successful. This is an opportunity to switch to a higher quality kibble such as those offered by La Ferme Des Animaux, by checking their composition. Make sure they have a good content of animal protein, energy value, and vitamins and minerals.

Good kibbles are compatible with your dog’s profile. Therefore, criteria must be taken into account to make a good choice such as the risk of allergies, the presence or not of gluten, and intolerances. Another equally important factor is the manufacturing process, which must be suitable and environmentally friendly.

The dog is getting older

To meet your dog’s nutritional needs, it is important to adapt his diet to his age. Be sure to check the instructions on the kibble. Some ranges are specially designed for puppies under one year old, others for young dogs, and still others for older dogs (over 7 years old).

The sizing of the kibble should also be done according to the breed, size, and weight of your pet. In fact, a young active dog will not have the same needs as a small puppy or a senior dog. While a newborn dog will be fed primarily kibble for better digestion and growth, a young dog will have more choices in flavors and ingredients.

The dog has health problems

Physiological, specific, and veterinary food, there is a wide range of foods to meet the nutritional needs of your dog according to his health. Don’t hesitate to take a look at our catalog to make your selection. No matter what condition your dog suffers from (obesity, diabetes, heart problems, intolerances…), you will have no trouble finding kibbles that are suitable for them. The state of health of the dog is also an important factor to consider. Say goodbye to cheap kibble. Your pet’s well-being and life expectancy depend on it.

How do you make the transition from kibble to food for your dog?

In order for the transition to a new diet to go smoothly, it is essential to choose your dog’s new kibble wisely. They must be selected according to their breed, morphology, status (neutered or not), physical condition as well as possible ailments. It is also important to estimate the appropriate daily amount of food, taking into account the recommendations on the labels or the advice of a veterinarian. Finally, drinking water must be constantly available for your pet.

Regarding the organization, the transition consists in mixing the old kibbles with the new ones, gradually increasing the quantity of the latter. This change takes place over several days, on average one week, provided that you give priority to quality food.

  • Day 1 and day 2: one-quarter of the new kibble is mixed with three-quarters of the old kibble.
  • Day 3 and day 4: the proportion of new kibble should be equal to the proportion of old kibble.
  • Day 5 and day 6: the new croquettes are then in larger quantities, that is to say, three quarters against one quarter for the old croquettes.
  • From day 7 onwards: the new food is adopted.

Don’t be afraid if you don’t manage to follow the instructions given in the letter, the most important thing is to go gradually and according to your companion’s rhythm. If your pet is subject to digestive problems or has any kind of fragility, the dietary transition can be extended over a few extra days. In this particular case, a 24-hour diet is imperative beforehand. This will help relieve their intestines and stomachs fairly quickly and promote the regeneration of the intestinal flora. Only after this diet has been completed can you begin the transition to a new diet.

As for the newly welcomed puppies, it is preferable to let them get used to their new environment before changing the food chosen by their breeders. This is important for the animal’s well-being, as sources of stress can be detrimental to it.

How to facilitate the change in your dog’s diet?

Since dogs have fragile intestinal flora, it is imperative to make a dietary transition and to observe a certain adaptation time. Since this animal feeds on the same food, its digestive tract produces a particular enzyme that facilitates digestion. When there is a change in diet, this enzyme undergoes a gradual change before it is effective.

However, you can make things easier for your pet by choosing good quality kibbles (called Premium), produced under good conditions and with natural ingredients. They are ideal for strengthening their immune system. To increase the palatability of kibbles and make your dog want to taste them, there is a simple trick. Simply moisten the kibble slightly to bring out both its taste and smell. Don’t hesitate to offer him treats to encourage him to eat.

The dietary transition is a delicate process that must be undertaken with care, given the vulnerability of the dog’s intestinal microbiota. The new food must be introduced gradually to avoid any suffering. By taking into account the various recommendations of La Ferme Des Animaux, you will undoubtedly succeed in making the dietary transition for your faithful companion.

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