This post is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. While I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle’s Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food all proceeds are going to the Wenatchee Humane Society for their work in helping the animals impacted by the 2015 WA state fires. I only share information I feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle® is not responsible for the content of this article. I hope you enjoy! #PinnacleHealthyPets
This last month hasn’t been ‘ruff,’ because even though it’s been full of birds, it’s been of the duck kind! Nearly 20 days through transitioning to Pinnacle® Grain-Free Duck & Sweet Potato dog food and my furry siblings and I are doing pretty good. Why the switch? Because I wanted to have first-person (dogson?) experience to share with my readers. The great quality proteins and complex carbs have helped make this Shih Tzu a healthy hiking machine.
The Food Transition
Slow and steady wins the race – fast and quick will make me sick! Got it? Good. When you consider transitioning your dog (or any animal) to a new food there are three simple rules to follow:
- 25% every 5 days: Serve 25% of the new dog food with 75% of your dog’s regular food for 5 days. Increase to a 50%/50% mix for another 5 days, followed by a 75%/25% mix for an additional 5 days; and then finally 100% of the new food most likely on the 20th day. Each dog is different, so pay attention and keep an eye out for loose stools, gurgle tummies, and the like – and make minor adjustments.
- Serve high quality: Ensure that the new dog food is of the highest quality available as this will minimize discomfort. Pinnacle uses very high quality, limited ingredient, grain free ingredients carefully chosen and meticulously prepared in California, US.
- Plan for sensitive tummy: Include some potato, quinoa, and or pumpkin as these are especially helpful for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Pinnacle uses potato and quinoa in their dog food; and we just added some pumpkin in ours as Shih Tzu’s can have sensitive tummies.
As you may recall from my previous Pinnacle post, I eat three times a day, so my meals are small and mixed with some pumpkin as well as my regular dog food – I’m just now moving in to my 20th day. I typically eat raw/rehydrated food combined with a rotational approach of other high-quality dog food. We mixed three different types of dog food along with some pumpkin -momma kept track and made regular and timely increases without any complaints or issues from me.
While I’m a small dog, 15 pounds and about a foot tall, I really enjoy exercise. My stamina appears to have increased, likely due to the variety of high quality proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy Omegas, and vitamins and minerals; and just today I completed a 5 mile hike in a national forest near my home. On a typical walk I travel 3-4 miles and then give signs of wanting to rest, but not this week – my little feet are on fire. I’ve been enjoying this #PinnacleHealthyPets trial. I look good with a shiny coat and I feel good with strong little legs – I’m a lean mean, hiking machine!
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With lub, MattieDog