In addition to figuring out what, how much, and how often to feed your Shih Tzu, it is important that you know what not to feed the doggy. They are prone to gut issues from food intolerance and it is your job to avoid exposing them to the associated discomfort.
To help you out, here are 4 general ideas to avoid feeding your Shih Tzu puppies with.
Food Known To Be Toxic To Dogs
There are certain foods, snacks, and beverages that are known to be toxic to all dogs, especially to Shih Tzu puppies.
Some of these foods can and may cause immediate reactions with gut irritation which causes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and many other issues for Shih Tzus.
Whereas other foods may have a more adverse and long-term effect with consequences leading to kidney failures of a Shih Tzu, as a result of the toxicity involved.
Here is a list of these foods that you should avoid feeding your Shih Tzu at all costs:
- Onions and Garlic
- Raw eggs
- Raw meat
- Artificial sweeteners like Xylitol
- So much more
Milk And Dairy Products
It is never a good idea to give Shih Tzu puppies milk as they are lactose intolerant, especially to milk that isn’t their own mother’s breast milk. This restriction includes dairy products like dairy ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.
If your Shih Tzu consumes milk, they will suffer discomfort from indigestion and diarrhea which may be serious enough to require a vet’s attention.
Hard And Large Kibble
Large kibbles pose a choking hazard to Shih Tzus especially when they are young puppies. The fact that they eat very fast doesn’t help matters.
To avoid this issue, find dry dog food that is specially formulated either for small dog breeds in general or specifically for Shih Tzus.
Too Much Food
Finally, on our list of what you should not feed your Shih Tzu is too much food. These little doggies have large appetites and are prone to developing obesity if their food portions are not monitored.