These days there is a huge variety of dog food brands and canine foodstuffs in the market and on the shelves, which can make choosing an appropriate dog food for your precious pooch a daunting task. Every different brand seems to shout out something better than the last and one invariably ends up purchasing something because of the packaging rather than its content.
Choosing an appropriate dog food for your beloved Shih Tzu is not rocket science, but does require one to consider what a young growing puppy needs, as well as what the beloved pet will need at a senior age.
First and foremost, the desired brand of dog food should have passed some form of certified inspection regarding the ingredients. If you are feeding your dog homemade dog food, do your own inspection of what you are putting into it.
Some of the brands found in stores contain a number of ingredients that could be harmful to your dog and be wary of brands that contain too many preservatives or are too strongly based on grains or cereals. A Shih Tzu is a dog of small stature, and if the brand contains any harmful ingredients that it may be allergic to or can’t digest, it could prove very detrimental to the dog’s liver and kidneys and overall digestion system.
So once you have established that there was a level of inspection in terms of the food you give to your pup, or have confirmed it within your own homemade food, it is time to look for what it actually needs.
A young Shih Tzu will need a balanced diet like all growing animals do. Try and keep the fat content as low as possible as it could lead to weight problems further along the line. And remember that dogs also develop certain preferences, so consider sticking to a brand which your dog enjoys more or even the one it was fed in the pet shop or by the breeder. This is something that people often forget and it is important that your beloved Shih Tzu enjoy his food – so be aware of that when you buy. To make sure your Shih Tzu enjoy his food, try different dog foods until you find the one your dog is happy with.
When it comes to senior version of your pooch, just use logic. Their metabolisms would have begun to slow and they will put on weight easier, so be careful of over-feeding and make sure the food you use then has a lower fat content. Invariably dog foods in stores will have an age parameter on them, so one doesn’t need to examine the food that closely when you need to switch.
If you are uncertain though, don’t hesitate to consult your vet. They will be able to advise you, taking into consideration your animal’s age, weight etc. and be able to prescribe to the letter what your animal needs.