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Old 10-25-2015, 11:48 PM
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Could a switchup of my dogs food be causing her to feel bad?

Hello everyone,

My dog Minnie ( a 7 yr old Jack Russell terrier) is normally a happy little dog, always wagging her tail and making a mess with her toys.
We normally feed IAMS mini-chunks but when I went to the store to get her more food a few days ago, I couldn't find a bag that actually said "mini-chunks" on the bag but everything else on the bag made it look like her regular food so I went ahead and brought it home and put it in her bowl. Everything was fine until last night ( a couple hours after we had eaten dinner) she started acting strange. She walks around with her tail down and she just wanted to sit by herself in her dog bed ( when normally she wants to sit by someone and cuddle). She's not throwing up, having diarrhea, nor does it feel like her stomach is bloated or anything. She does shiver every now and then and sometimes its like she doesn't want to lay right on her stomach but mostly it just seems to be listlessness. Today I've been watching her closely and I've seen her at her water bowl but I haven't seen her eating although she did attempt to beg dinner from us tonight.

My question is: Though my dog is eating the same brand of food, could accidentally switching the ..formula ( I don't know how else to put it) of her food be causing her to not feel good? The only other thing I can possibly think of that may be causing her not to feel good is I gave her a couple bites of my steak last night .

Thanks for any input!
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:53 AM
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It's possible the dog food has upset her gastrointestinal system. I'd think you'd be seeing diarrhea or vomiting in that case, so not sure this isn't a coincidence. If she's not eating and feeling better by tomorrow, a vet check would be wise.
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It's possible the dog food has upset her gastrointestinal system. I'd think you'd be seeing diarrhea or vomiting in that case, so not sure this isn't a coincidence. If she's not eating and feeling better by tomorrow, a vet check would be wise.
She's actually doing alot better right now, she's much more alert, her tail is up and I've noticed her drinking a lot more than she was. My mother went outside with her and noticed that she did have a bowel movement and the stool looked normal but it came to t in tiny pieces.
Minnie hasn't eaten today either so far but I'm hesitant to push that since she's improving in other ways.
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It could be a stomach ache, or that she's a bit constipated. Hopefully she'll keep feeling better, if not then I'd get her to the vet.
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Is there any chance she ate something like a piece of toy, bone or something else that might cause a blockage?

You might try giving her a teaspoon of canned pureed pumpkin. Not the kind that is already spiced for pies, just pure pumpkin.
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It could be a stomach ache, or that she's a bit constipated. Hopefully she'll keep feeling better, if not then I'd get her to the vet.
I thought about constipation making her feel bad, especially after her bowel movement today.


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Is there any chance she ate something like a piece of toy, bone or something else that might cause a blockage?

You might try giving her a teaspoon of canned pureed pumpkin. Not the kind that is already spiced for pies, just pure pumpkin.
I don't think so, she loves to pull stuffing out of toys but I haven't seen her do that all in the past few days, She chews on rawhide bones but normally doesn't swallow them, in fact the last bone I gave her was found in the bedroom earlier.

We did exchange the bag of dog food I got her for her normal bag and when it was put down, she did start eating and has kept drinking. She also hasn't began playing again but she has remained alert. The only thing I'm still concerned about this point is that she keeps shivering. It's never for very long and it always seems to be after she gets a big drink of water.
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Sometimes shivering is a sign a dog is in pain. It can also be fear or stress. Continued good thoughts for her.
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Thank you. She continued to better today. She's eating and drinking like normal and is back to chasing birds and squirrels. I haven't noticed her shivering today except for when she was outside but it was cold out today. I'd liker her to get back to playing a bit more but she's made such a turnaround since a couple days ago that I can't complain too much.
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Yes, Alot of times dogs will get sick if you switch up their food. Also keep in mind if you have them on a high grain based food this can lead to serous issues. Such as skin, heart, and joint issues down the road. I always suggest a raw food diet to keep my babies healthy. But you can always choose a high protein low grain dry food aswell. Pit Bull Nutrition explains the benefits of all of this if you need further assistance feel free to ask.
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Switching food does interfere with the digestive system of some dogs. You might want to figure out what really works for your dog and try and stick to it.
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