How to Prepare Homemade Foods for Your Shih Tzu
While most of us would like to set another place at the table for our dogs, preparing homemade foods require a little more work to ensure your Shih Tzu receives a proper well-balanced diet.
A Shih Tzu diet is not much different than a human diet in that it needs to be well-balanced. To ensure your Shih Tzu maintains a healthy and long life, he needs meats, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates.
Naturally, the diet you choose will depend on your Shih Tzu weight, activity level, size, and more. Moreover, much like humans, the best choice is to feed your Shih Tzu natural or organic foods that do not contain chemicals and preservatives.
Unfortunately, commercial pet foods that contain preservatives can be detrimental to your Shih Tzu health. Some common side effects can include the following:
- Hot spots
- Excessive shedding
- Foot licking
- Face rubbing
- Loose stool
Homemade, well balanced meals include the following basic food groups:
Below is a list of acceptable ingredients you can use in your homemade dinners.
- Turkey, chicken, lamb, or beef
- Low quantities of grains
- Whole potatoes
- White or brown Rice
- Chicken fat
- Cottage cheese
- Sunflower oil
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, greens, peas
- Apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, and pineapple
Always consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet. You also need to make sure if and when you change his or her diet you do it gradually over time, otherwise you could upset your dog’s tummy.
Now that we have covered the basic food groups that are healthy for your dog, you also need to know which human foods to avoid because they can be detrimental to your Shih Tzu health.