Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Transitioning from Puppy Food to Adult Dog Food
I know you are supposed to change over to Adult Dog Food at around age 1 or 2 (depending on the dog etc.). However, we have been hesitant to change anything in his diet because we don't want to tempt fate. As we all know - with Megaesophagus, once you find the right food, routine and consistency - you tend to stick with it. But I know for Sidney's overall long-term health, I should probably transition him to the Adult Dog Food. We really don't want to just feed him Puppy Food forever because he has Megaesophagus and ignore the needs of the rest of his needs. At least that's how we see it. I assume there is Puppy Formula and Adult Formula for a pretty good reason. Plus, we thought a breed specific formula would make sense.
So the plan is to start mixing Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula with his Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Formula. I'm hoping since they are both the same brand, that this will make it easier on his digestion. The Eukanuba brand has worked great for us - so I will always stick with that. The Adult Formula Dog Food looks and smells the same (no I didn't taste it). So we are slowly mixing the food together. I figure, because we are always cautious with Sid, we will probably keep the mixing transition for a month or more. We are starting with 90% Puppy Food and 10% Adult Food and will slowly adjust the percentage over time, with the ultimate goal to phase out the Puppy Food and be 100% Adult Dog Food. So far we have been doing it for a week and it hasn't had any adverse affects or increased regurgitation or anything.
So far so good!