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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gradual Dog Food Changes
for Calm Tummies

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
(c) Carrie Boyko
Is the Message Clear?
Whether or not you've decided to change your dog's food, it's always good to know how it should be done. Dogs cannot change up their diet without a reaction. That reaction may not please you when found in the yard. And I'm sure it's not much fun for Fido either. So today, we're going to share some of Organix's tips on making the changeover to a new food. 
© courtesy Castor and Pollux Pet
I'm one of those visual type folks that needs to see things to understand them. Graphs like this may not thrill you, but for me they make the process very clear:
  • For a few days, serve only 1/4 of your dog's total food using your new food selection. By now, he's ready to move up a bit.
  • From day 4 to 6, serve him half of his previous food brand and half of the new brand.
  • If all is going well, around day 7 you can switch up to about 75% new food, with just a smaller 25% of his old food mixed in.
  • Finally, at about 10 days your pup's tummy will be accustomed to his new food and ready to go solo. I'm sure you'll be celebrating the easier meal prep, just as he is enjoying his new cuisine. 
Shall we celebrate with a fun treat? How about an Organix Pupsicle? Sound silly? My dogs love these easy-to-make frozen treats. Here's how:
(c) Carrie Boyko
Organix Pupsicles

(c) Carrie Boyko
Ready for the Freezer
  1. Grab the stuff you'll need: an ice cube tray, a container of organic broth, some Organix kibble. Yup; that's it!
  2. Sprinkle the kibble evenly into the cube compartments.
  3. Pour broth evenly into the compartments till about 2/3 full.
  4. Freeze and pop out. Seal in a container to serve one at a time.

(c) Carrie Boyko
We Always Wait Permission Before Snacking
Because these do melt, you'll want to serve them on the back patio or in a newspaper lined crate. Tanner and Oliver enjoy them on the porch before a swim. Then their splashing manages to clean off the pool deck of any melted broth, so the clean up is super easy. It's the perfect way to end a hot afternoon.
(c) Carrie Boyko
Chow Down Boys!

Full disclosure: All Things Dog Blog has not been compensated to provide this review of Castor and Pollux and Organix.  We have not been paid to provide our opinion of these products, and the opinion provided is our own.


Suzanne said...

Thanks for the tips and tricks. I think we will be trying out the pupsicles this summer!

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Great tips, really taking things gradually is really important in any change. I like the Pupsicles it's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Carly @GreenDogLove said...

Those Pupsicles look like they'll make some pups super happy! :)

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