Eating Clean: Switching Your Dog To An Organic Diet

Being health-conscious is important, and eating a healthy diet can help you to maintain a better weight, alleviate common aches and pains, and even keep you healthier.

While some people prefer to simply eat healthy, others prefer to go on an organic diet. Eating organic means choosing foods that were grown organically (meaning no additives or pesticides were used and farmers adhere to stricter guidelines). Most organic foods are usually grown locally to so that they don’t have to undergo long travels.

Along with eating your own organic diet, you may also decide to put your dog on an organic diet as well. The following are a few tips to help you switch your dog to an organic diet.

Gradually work in the new diet.

Dogs have very touchy digestive systems, and completely switching your dog from their current food to an organic diet could end up causing stomach upset. Instead, you want to make sure that you start the process gradually by adding some of the organic food to their current food for a few days. Then, slowly add more organic food to their dish and less of their original food until you have completely made the switch.

It’s also important for you to watch for signs of stomach upset in your dog. For example, if you notice vomiting, diarrhea or a complete lack of eating, you may want to cut back on the transition and speak with your vet.

Know what diet you want to use.

When it comes to putting your dog on an organic diet, you have two basic options. The first option is to switch them to an all-natural or organic brand of ready-made dog food, such as Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo or Organix. Most of these foods can be found at your local pet store or vet’s office.

You can also opt to put your dog on a raw food organic diet. With this diet, you will purchase your dog’s organic food the same way you would purchase your own, being sure that it’s organic. You will then give your dog raw organic meats and vegetables for their meals instead of dog food.

Know what’s normal.

When you change your dog’s diet, it’s likely they will undergo some normal changes. For example, your dog’s feces may become darker or have a stronger smell. It’s also likely that your dog may lose some of their fur more rapidly or that they become tired at first. Understand that it’s normal for these symptoms to occur for about the first two to three days after changing your dog’s diet. If these symptoms persist, you will want to contact your vet, as it’s likely your dog may have an allergy to their new food or that the new diet is causing them distress.

Know what’s not normal.

Aside from the normal symptoms, there are also symptoms that the diet is not working. If your dog becomes depressed, forgetful or loses complete energy, you will want to visit the vet right away.

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