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Jack Russel terrier Occasionally Whelping and Wincing in Pain after Diet Change

by Ashley
(Ocala, FL)

Our dog is 6 years old. We have noticed lately that he is maturing more, and we switched to a healthier food, and are trying to get a better exercise routine so he doesn't grow old too fast. We swithced him to Science Diet. He has sensitive skin and stomach. We were concerned. It went pretty well, and he LOVES the food. When we went to buy our 2nd bag, we switched to smaller bites (and a little different blend). Now he's occasionally whelping and wincing in pain. He has done this in the past and we assumed it was because of something he ate (people food). So, we absolutely forBADE our family to feed him anything but his measured dog food twice daily.

So, should we switch back? Do you think it's his stomach? Or do you think it might be something else?

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by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear about your dog.

I just have a couple of quick thoughts:

1: Simple dog diet changes normally do not cause to exhibit pain which makes me think he ate something else, or has another problem going on. If the pain persists he should be examined.

2: Remember when transitioning from an old food to a new dog food to do it slowly if possible. Over one to two week gradually mix in the new food, adding a little more each day to the mix, until the old food is phased out completely.

A dog's digestive tract (microbes, etc) need to get used to a new diet slowly, especially in older dogs.

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