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Switching to a New Pet Food

When changing my cat from Hill's Prescription ID (dry diet) to Van Patten's Natural Balance, should it be gradual, or can I just take the old food away completely? I wondered if there could be a stomach problem?

Sharon from Bonita Springs, FL

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December 3, 20080 found this helpful

Everything I've seen on this subject says to do it gradually. Make about 1/4 of the serving the new food to start. Every 4-5 days add a lttle more new and a little less old, watching for digestive upsets (constipation, diarrhea, vomiting) as you go. Within 2-3 weeks the changeover will be complete.

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December 4, 20080 found this helpful

Mary T is right; plus you could double-check with your vet.

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Add some new gradually to the old. If you dont do it this way the dog will more than likely get diarreha. Check with the vet first. ~Janette~

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Gradual changes are the best. Sudden changes could cause gastrointestional problems, which neither your dog nor you want.

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