Sometimes you’re tired of your pet’s poor quality food or their health necessitates a transition to something else. However, this food transition can sometimes lead to loose stools or digestive upsets. What can be done to mitigate this?
A rule of thumb has always been that you should transition to a new food over one week but researchers note that there hasn’t been much evidence to back this claim up. Therefore, researchers at a major pet food company conducted a test by feeding two different dog test groups different types of food (kibble and wet food in this case) over a period of two weeks.
As the study progressed, researchers found similar results regardless of which food the dogs were fed. Researchers noted major changes in the metabolites in the dog’s stools which then stabilized by day two. By day six, just about all of the bacteria has stabilized with a completely stable microbiome in ten days. In sum, the researchers noted that the microbes in the stools can completely change over in about a week but still suggested a little extra time to avoid any loose stools or flatulence. They noted that “the body has to adjust, but the microbes have to change as well.”
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