Choosing Shih Tzu Healthy Food Treats
Always look for food with healthy ingredients like fresh meat and whole grains, and read the label. You don’t want artificial colors, salt, sweeteners such as corn syrup or other chemical ingredients like propylene glycol in your Shih Tzu’s food. Here are some healthy human food items a shih tzu.
Human Food For Shih Tzu
Some healthy treats can come right out of your refrigerator:
- Baby carrots.
- Blueberries, strawberries, or any other berry you would eat.
- Small broccoli florets
- Tiny bits of chicken, turkey, or fish.
- A spoonful of plain, nonfat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese.
For training shih tzu, use very tiny treats or pieces of treats. Also be sure the treats you feed your Shih Tzu are just as healthy as her regular diet. No matter how healthy the treat, always feed treats in moderation — no more than one or two each day. Avoiding not-so-healthy treats Those yummy-looking packaged treats in the grocery store are just about as healthy as the highly processed packaged treats kids beg their parents to buy. By that, I mean not very healthy. Dog treats are usually too big for a small dog and way too full of preservatives, sugar, and artificial ingredients. Some have even been linked to choking and other medical problems.
Human Foods Shih Tzu Should Not Eat.
Watch out for the following items:
Liver and processed meat like lunch meat, hot dogs, and pepperoni: Liver can cause loose stools in some dogs, although dogs love the taste. Also avoid too much processed meat, like hot dogs, bologna, and sausages. These contain too much salt and fat and too many preservatives for regular consumption, although some people like to give their pets tiny bits every now and then.
Junk food and processed food: If you got it from a fast food restaurant, don’t give it to your dog, with the exception of small bits of meat without the fried coating.
High-fat cheese: Most dogs don’t digest cheese very well, but some enjoy small bits of low-fat cheese like mozzarella or cottage cheese. High-fat cheese is too fattening for dogs, and too much cheese in general means too much salt.
Anything containing sugar and/or white flour: Bad for you but very bad for a small dog.
Shih Tzu Food To Avoid
Here are some human food items that you should never let your shih tzu puppy to eat. Also let others to know how much these human food items can be dangerous to a shih tzu’s health.
Never feed or allow some to give your dog anyone of the following items:
- Onions: They contain a toxic ingredient called thiosulphate that can cause hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, weakness, bloody urine, and even death.
Grapes and raisins: They can cause kidney failure.
- Macadamia nuts: They contain a toxin that causes neurological symptoms like weakness, tremors, and temporary paralysis, as well as pain.
- Chocolate and cocoa powder: They’re very toxic to many dogs because of the
- stimulants: caffeine and the the bromine. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.
- Alcohol, coffee, coffee grounds, tea, tea bags, and tobacco products: Alcohol and the stimulants in coffee, tea, and tobacco can have a toxic effect on a small dog. Even if you’ve seen big dogs lap up beer at parties, don’t even think about doing this to your Shih Tzu. You can poison him.
Never feed any of the above items from shih tzu food to avoid.