Switching To The Blackwatch Feed Program
How To Change Over - Schedule
When changing to any feed program it is important to do so somewhat gradually. The only exception to this is on a large/giant breed puppy because you need to do this quickly and using probioitics so you do not disrupt their fast growth patterns. This can be done in 3 feedings rather than 3 or more days, which is necessary on an older dog.
Use probiotics anytime you transition to a new food. Some adults my exhibit a detoxifying effect if previously on a grocery store level food, this will result in a soft stool. This detoxifying effect does not happen to all dogs, only a few...but we move slow to make changes with the ultimate goal of having them on a more healthful path within 7-10 days. This is the order I recommend incorporating each supplement into your dogs diet.
Puppies - 8 weeks - 6 months (especially large/giant breeds)
Change Kibble - My preference is Eagle Pack Brands of Holistic or Super Premium.
Older Puppies - Adults
Canned dog food- For example, use a good brand such as Eagle Holistic line of canned dog foods can be used starting the first day. Start with 2-4 tablespoons with a little tepid water for a gravy.
throw out the old brand food or donate it to the shelter near you. DO NOT feed it in combination with your new kibble or diet plan over a long period of time and disrupt the balance of the food. If you do it will slow the progress down considerably.
Day 1 - add Probiotics/Digestive Enzymes in AM and PM to ease transition
products: First Choice Naturals - 4 in 1 Probiotics OR BakPakPlus info for ordering is in Feed Programs.
Day 4 - add Nzymes - Dietary Enzymes - of all the supplement, this one has the most detoxifying effect but does the MOST good. Follow dosage on the bottle and if a diarrhea develops reduce amount and build back up to the recommended dosage over a 3 day period.
Day 8 - If you are using any joint support supplements
Day 12 - if you do not add any fruits and veggies to your dogs diet, this is the time when you can start incorporating some. Start with slightly steamed broccoli and carrots, chopped - 2 - 4 tablespoons to see if they can tolerate it. You can also start introducing something new each day like a couple of slices of apple, or some berries melon etc. For a list see my feed programs.
Day 21 - if you want to use Honest Kitchen dehydrated, you can start to incorporate it after they are well established on their program.see feed Program