11 things to consider before adopting a pet, according to Lifehacker readers

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the American Kennel Club (AKC) warns that “Changing your dog’s food suddenly can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhea and decreased appetite.” Many of you have shared first hand experience with this fact.

“I didn’t know dogs got sick if you changed their food when I first got my dog. So I was just switching between what was on sale and she got sick and then I I got it. I could have saved myself horrible crate cleanings. –Paulette

Again, commentator panthercougar asserts that “this is true for some dogs, but certainly not for all dogs. Mine can apparently eat anything and everything and be just fine.

Apparently the same issues can be said for cats too:

“The same goes for some cats, especially if you switch your cat from dry food to wet food. Oh. My. God. So much poop. So smelly.

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“And what you feed them tends to affect the smell of their poo. I fed my cats grain-free kibble. Once one of them developed chronic kidney disease (CRI ), I had to replace some of his food with special diet foods, which are not (yet) available in grain-free formulations. My cats poop has definitely gotten a lot smellier, and they are now all two more prone to flatulence, which has been… fun.Heath Maiden

If you’re about to switch pet foods, here’s the AKC official notice: “Whenever you decide to change your dog’s food, you should gradually switch to the new diet to give your dog’s system time to adjust to the change.”

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