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How to Feed a Shih Tzu

How to Feed a Shih Tzu

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Published by: Lowell Valiente on Nov 13, 2012
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How to Feed a Shih Tzu

Measured Dog Food
When your Shih Tzu is still a puppy you should feed your dog 3 times each day. You can also give your dog some treats in between meals as long as they are healthy. An adult dog should eat once per day. After the age of 3 months, it is recommended to never "free feed". This means that you should not leave out dog food for your Shih Tzu to eat whenever they wish. Meals should be scheduled. A puppy should eat an ounce of food (28.4 grams) for each pound that he or she weighs. For an adult: 1/2 ounce per pound. You can weigh your Shih Tzu by first placing a basket or other comfortable container on a scale and seeing how much it weighs. Then, place your Shih Tzu inside the basket to see the total weight. Subtract the weight of the container from the total weight to learn how much your dog weighs.

How Much is Too Much
Sometimes it may seem as if a dog could eat endlessly. This is not true of course; a dog needs a certain amount of food each day. Just like humans, too little food will not offer the dog enough nutrients and vitamins and a Shih Tzu will not be able to properly grow. Health issues will eventually appear is a dog is underfed for an extended time.

Determining Proper Weight
Too much food and just like a person, your Shih Tzu will gain weight. When a dog is overweight this will first show in the rib area. A Shih Tzu has long fur so one can determine a general idea of proper weight by touching the rib cage.

yet extremely healthy home cooked meals to provide optimal health.. the answer is yes and no. coloring. Processed human food is undoubtedly not healthy for your Shih Tzu... lean hamburger. lamb Fish Vegetables . salt or fillers. your Shih Tzu is extremely underweight. microwave meals and more. your dog is most likely an appropriate weight.If you can immediately feel ribs that are seem to be almost poking through the skin. Home cooking allows you to be in charge of what your Tzu is eating. If you are not willing to eat it. we recommend Eukanuba. your dog may be carrying too much weight. Read detailed information regarding home cooked food VS manufactured dog food. Is Human Food Okay? If you are wondering what to feed your Shih Tzu and if human food is okay. Truth be told.Liver. The best foods for a Shih Tzu are:      Organs .. This would mean preparing simple. heart and brain Lean Cuts of Meat .You would never eat dog food. nor should your Tzu. and all other dog breeds need to have: Needs ..and zero coloring.boneless white breast chicken.Given in the form of rice and pasta You will want meat to be the main ingredient. If you do choose to feed manufactured dog food. This means any food that you could buy at a restaurant. This does not mean that you would give your Tzu your food. If you can feel the ribs but also feel a thin layer of fat and muscle. healthy ingredients. You will be feeding wholesome. So. Nutritional What are the nutritional needs of a Shih Tzu? A Shih Tzu.have you ever wondered why? Deep inside. additives and more (or we should say "less"). additives.Tzu usually just love mashed potatoes and other healthy veggies such as broccoli and carrots Starch . to help you make a choice. dog owners are afraid to really know the details of what is in manufactured dog food. We highly recommend home cooking for your Tzu. followed by vegetables and then starch. owners try to choose a high quality food and hope for the best. Any manufactured dog food has fillers. However. If you cannot feel the ribs at all because so much fat and tissue is covering them. it just has less than other brands.. fast food restaurant. even this "high quality" dog food has fillers.

lactation. hormone regulation and gene activation Folic acid helps with protein synthesis Choline is a Phospholipid cell membrane component Water . A Shih Tzu should be feed a high quality dog food that contains the 10 essential amino acids. mainly derived from animal fats and the seed oils of various plants. Growth. provide the most concentrated source of energy in a dog's diet. Fatty Acids .Dogs need a certain amount of energy to sustain the normal activities of their daily lives. Studies show that dogs can sense when their dog food lacks a single amino acid and will usually avoid eating it. Click here. Dangerous Foods While it is always suggested to feed your Shih Tzu a quality dog food. .Dietary fats.. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are most crucial. Carbohydrates . clean water should be available at all times. The results of ingesting this can be muscle tremors and paralysis. the facts are that it can cause seizures. immune response. however these foods can cause serious kidney damage and it does not take a large amount Chocolate: Most people have heard that chocolate may not be good for a dog. Vitamins & Minerals. an owner must be aware of basic human foods that this dog is allergic to. protein. Niacin and B12 . Some are quite surprising:       Grapes and Raisins: It may seem odd that such a healthy fruit for humans can be so dangerous to your Shih Tzu.helps with enzyme function B6 helps with glucose generation. coma and eventual death Salt. Essential fatty acids are needed to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Highquality proteins have a good balance of all of the essential amino acids. coarse hair and skin lesions that become increasingly vulnerable to infections. They provide the building blocks for many important biologically active compounds and proteins for the Shih Tzu. A large quantity of salt will cause kidney issues Macadamia Nuts: This expensive and sought after nut can do great harm to a Shih Tzu or any other dog. coma and death to a small dog such as the Shih Tzu Onions. This energy comes from 3 major dietary components:carbohydrates. Beware of giving any meat to your dog if it has onions on it or mixed in. red blood cell function. Tea and Soda: caffeine can produce seizures. Coffee. NOTE: To learn about why these nutrients are important and details on every single feeding issue possible. Also. and exercise all increase these normal energy requirements.How much water does a Shih Tzu need? As much as they want ! Fresh.       K actives bone proteins B1 and Pantothenic Acid helps with metabolism Riboflavin.Dietary protein contains 10 amino acids that a dog cannot make on its own. nervous system function. Puppies fed ultralow-fat diets develop dry. This can destroy a dog's red blood cells. Fatty acids play a role in cell structure and function... see what is inside of the AllShihTzu E-Book .These are extremely important. pregnancy. and fats.      Amino acids from protein Fatty acids Carbohydrates Vitamins Minerals Water Protein and Amino Acids . they give the carbon chains needed to make glucose for the dog's energy.

All fruit seeds and pits can cause a range of medical issues including breathing difficulty. If your dog suddenly begins to eat less food there may be many reasons including:    Your dog may be ill.and Much More! Find out about how you can read about all of these issues by clicking here. Some fruit seeds can kill a Shih Tzu within 24 hours! Important Proper feeding includes many issues! These can include:          Information Finicky Eaters Home cooking When a slow change in food changes is absolutely necessary Salt issues When a change in food is necessary based on the age of your Tzu When supplements are & are not needed . Fruit pits and seeds: Again. and/or fluids that fill up in a dog's abdomen and heart. The Shih Tzu is very sensitive to heat.. When dogs are in pain they may react outwardly by showing aggression or inwardly by eating less Your dog may be overheated. Your Shih Tzu may be allergic to the dog food and because of an upset tummy. is eating less .. a healthy food to humans but dangerous to your Shih Tzu.and which type are needed Odd eating habits Hiding food Begging for food. Food and Eating Red Flags The relationship between your Shih Tzu and their dog food can give you an early warning sign of many issues. A dog in hot temperature will eat less.

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