INTRODUCING NEW FOODS TO YOUR PETS
New foods should always be introduced gradually into your pet's diet. It may take up to two or three weeks to phase in a new food for very sensitive animals, particularly if the new food is very different from the previous diet.
The reason for phasing in the food gradually is to allow the gut flora ("friendly bacteria") to adjust and build up for optimal digestion of the nutrients in the new food. Mixing in the new food too quickly can lead to digestive upset such as diarrhea.
We recommend feeding twice a day. Two smaller meals each day helps to prevent bloat and gastric torsion, which can be caused by eating only one big meal a day.
The following steps should be repeated for the morning and evening meals.
For the first 3-4 days, mix 1/3 new food and 2/3 old food for each meal. You can add Seameal to provide extra trace minerals, essential fatty acids and digestive enzymes, to assist in digestion. The Seameal should be mixed with a little warm water, to help to disperse it evenly, and added to both meals.
Gradually adjust the ratio every few days, until a complete transition is made.
Plain yogurt or cottage cheese may also be added and can help to balance the intestinal flora during the transition to new food.
If digestive upset does occur, add half a baked potato with the skin on, or some cooked brown rice to the food, which will help to firm up the stools. The increased fiber may also cause larger stools. Brown rice and potato skins are high in fiber and relatively bland to help settle the digestive tract. They can be prepared in advance and refrigerated to save cooking them for every meal.
Allow up to 30 days to see an
improvement in allergies such as skin irritation or chewing at the feet.
Eliminating common allergens from the diet and boosting the immune system (with seameal) will help to combat a food allergy problem. Increased stool volume may occur to begin with, as the animal detoxifies.