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Old 04-16-2011, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My dog Halas is going to turn 1 year on May 5. I thought maybe I should start slowly putting adult food in his puppy food for right now. What ratio should I start at and how often should I incorporate more adult food in the puppy food? Is this going to give him an upset stomach? If the measurements are different on the adult food than the puppy food, what measurements should I go off of?

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My dog Halas is going to turn 1 year on May 5. I thought maybe I should start slowly putting adult food in his puppy food for right now. What ratio should I start at and how often should I incorporate more adult food in the puppy food? Is this going to give him an upset stomach? If the measurements are different on the adult food than the puppy food, what measurements should I go off of?

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Introduces gradually 25% at a time. I will mix 25% with 75% of old kibble for 2 days then increase to 50/50 for another 2 days. Then 75% new kibble with 25% old for 2 days. So slowly over a weeks time. If you notice your dog has runs allow him a week or two after the full transition to see if his stool firms up. typically a 1 year old can eat anywhere between 4-5 1/2 cups a day depending on his activity level.
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Slowly add it to his current food, transition for at least a week if possible. I don't know what Nik feeds, but my male who is 85 lbs only eats 2 cups a day. The better quality the food, the less you feed as they absorb more nutrients and quality ingredients. I have never fed my dogs 4 to 5 cups of food a day, they would be obese. Olive who is 2 gets as much as my male (2 cups a day). She is much smaller but much more active. Overfeeding your dog is the #1 cause of diarrhea in dogs. If you feel like your dog is not gaining weight if he needs to or is losing weight then increase it a little or decrease it a little. The bag recommendations are only guidelines, each dog is different. I recommend dogfoodanalysis.com to check out quality foods.
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Ive always switched cold turkey....
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Ive always switched cold turkey....
I have done that before when I was out of the other food and had no issues, but some people do.
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I also bought Grass Guard (the vitamin from NutriVet that stops your dog from burning the grass when it pees) but he has had an upset stomach for a couple days now. I don't know if the Grass Guard is what is causing it or what but I may hold off on the transition until he is better.
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I also bought Grass Guard (the vitamin from NutriVet that stops your dog from burning the grass when it pees) but he has had an upset stomach for a couple days now. I don't know if the Grass Guard is what is causing it or what but I may hold off on the transition until he is better.
Yeah, I bought that once too. I don't know much about it, but I was scared to use it after I bought it because I didn't know what it would do to them on the inside. Boxers are so prone to cancers I just didn't want to risk it. I would like to hear if anyone else knows more about the products like "Grass Guard" and what it actually does to help with the urine burns in the yard.
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