Originally Posted By: OceanNever, Count Bruno and MrLeadFoot gave you more conservative advice on the food transition so you s/d go with theirs not mine. I've always had puppies with really good genetics so I've never had a problem w/runny stools even with food switches, but their advice is more prudent.
OK, my turn to back-peddle a little now, too.
The reason I said to do a gradual switch is because IF the dog has good stools on the Pedigree, which you'll know quite soon after he comes home, you'll not want to upset his little system.
But, even after the transition to her new home (mine), my pup continuously had bad stools, so I figure why transition if the food the pup is on is causing the runs, because I'm just contributing to an irritated intestine, does that make sense? So, in that sense what Oean said makes sense, and a 100% switch couldn't result in anything worse, right?
On the other hand, Ocean has a point, too. If the dog was weaned onto "real" food only days prior, chances are his digestive tract is already in a state of turmoil, so a 100% switch wouldn't be that bad.
I hope this doesn't confuse you even more, but this is what I would do:
1) Make the move to your home as stress-free as possible to reduce the likelihood of an upset stomach (nerves).
2) Feed the current food for two days, which would probably be 6 - 8 SMALL meals.
3a) If the stools are good proceed with a gradual transition. OR...
3b) If the stools are soft, wait one more day, and if they are still loose, you can probably just switch.