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Old 12-02-2016, 04:53 PM
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How to switch food suddenly?

I found a puppy and I reported it with all the appropriate agencies but no one has reported a lost dog or come forward yet, its getting late and I can tell the poor pup is hungry.

Obviously I have no clue what food this little gal was on so I can't switch her food slowly. So how do I feed her without making her sick?

I can't find an actual method online for sudden food shift in a puppy and I guess I didn't think things through, I was trying to find her owner, so I forgot to ask the vet and now the office is closed. I'm hoping to find the owner asap but in the meantime what should I do to avoid digestive upset and diarrhea? Fasting? frequent small meals until she's used to the food? Rice?

She seems healthy and isn't super underweight and looks to be around 9-12 weeks old?
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:27 PM
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At this point, I would probably just do cooked chicken and rice for a bit. Just to give something in the tummy that probably won't cause too much of an issue.
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Chicken and rice is good advice, but keep the quantities per feeding small. Give her a chance to get used to the food, then gradually in very small quantities begin to add the food you will be feeding her. Little more each time, little less chicken & rice.
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Good advice so far. After a couple days on rice and chicken your can gradually start to mix in the puppy food of your choice. Increasing the puppy food ratio over several days. Go slower if you get running poops.
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Thanks guys, I'll keep up the rice feeding for now and start transitioning to what my puppy is eating if needed. I'm still hoping to find the owner I know she must be homesick and I didn't want her getting sick sick on top of that. She doesn't seem like a drop off so I'm hopeful that I can get her back home where she belongs.
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