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Red dye in dog food
sugar2270 posted:
I have a little pug and just recently changed his food to proplan. prior to that, he liked that bistro dry dog food. It had the red food in it, which I understand is the dye in it and is not suppose to be good for them. How long might it take for him to get use to his new food? I do add a half a can of wet food with it, he will then eat it.
Home2strays responded:
you're supposed to transition foods over about a weeks time- switching quickly can cause an upset stomach and adding wetfood is going to double that... instead of wet food try adding a little boiled chicken or whiterice to his new food.
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Recent studies are suggesting that food dyes are probably not harmful to most people (and by assumption to dogs), except for a few with neurologic conditions like ADHD. Any diet change is best made by starting with 1/4th new food, 3/4 old food for a week or so; then 1/2 new and 1/2 old for a week; then 3/4 new and 1/4 old for a week. Most dogs can be changed slightly faster and a few dogs never adjust to the new diet. If you are going to add wet food, I suggest adding a heaping tablespoon to the dry food and pour a little warm water over that to make a "gravy" to increase the palatibility.

Thanks for asking, I hope it goes well.


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