How to Transition to Lucy Pet Formulas for Life™
The key to switching foods is to do it gradually, so your dog’s digestive system can adapt to our formula and nutrients. Start by replacing 20-25% of the current food you are feeding with Lucy Pet Formulas for Life. Each day, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of the former food until your pet is eating only the new diet.
If your pet tends to have a sensitive stomach, allow up to 10-14 days to fully transition to Lucy Pet’s Formulas for Life™
In some instances, a pet can experience soft stools during the first week when you switch and transition to any new food. Lucy Pet Formulas for Life, digest easily and most pets transition smoothly. However, if your pet’s stool becomes loose, it may be necessary to transition more gradually to the new diet.
Be sure to temporarily eliminate any treats or wet food for the first few days, and follow feeding guidelines closely. Lucy Pet diets may require different feeding quantities than the food you were previously feeding.
How to Determine Feeding Portions
Utilize at the feeding guideline chart below to reference the total recommended cups per day. Divide the total cups per day by the total number of times you feed your dog per day, to determine the portion size for each meal.
Be sure that a bowl of fresh water is always available to your dog. Remember that water is an essential nutrient for your dog. Always allow your pet to eat in peace, so they can relax and enjoy their food.
Recommended Feeding Portions (Based on a standard 8 oz dry measuring cup):
Note these are ONLY guidelines. Adjust to keep your dog in ideal body condition. The total daily amount can be divided into more than one feeding per day.
|Adult Weight in pounds
||Daily Feeding Amount in standard 8 oz cups
|up to 10
| 10 to 20
||1 – 1 1/2 cups
| 20 to 30
||1 1/2 – 2 cups
|30 to 40
||2 – 2 1/2 cups
|40 to 60
||2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups
| 60 to 80
||3 1/2 – 4 1/3 cups
| 80 to 100
||4 1/3 – 5 cups
|For every 10 lb over 100
||add 1/3 cup
Growth of Puppies: Feed puppies up to twice the adult recommendations daily. Adjust to maintain body condition. The total may be divided into multiple feedings.
Reproduction: Depending on litter size, feeding needs may be up to 4 times normal adult amounts. Always adjust to maintain body condition.
A small increase is needed during the first 6 weeks. Increase the amount fed up to 25% during weeks 7, 8, and 9.
Immediately after whelping, the nutritional demand increases by 50% compared to maintenance levels. We recommend feeding in 3 equal meals per day.
Calorie Content (Calculated): This food contains 3,470 kcal/kg or 360 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as-fed basis (calculated).
When transitioning to our higher fiber diet, some noticeable changes in stool value may occur. This reflects a more healthy digestive tract. We recommend that transitioning be done over a five day period. Be sure that a bowl of fresh water is always available to your pet.
As your pet is consuming a higher fiber diet, it is normal to observe an increased consumption of drinking water on a regular basis. Water is an essential nutrient and is very important to overall health.