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Information About Shih Tzu Nutrition

Apr 16, 2008
Shih Tzu nutrition is a vital topic to discuss as the nutrition is intrinsically related with all developmental changes of a Shih Tzu. And as well a lack of nutrition can cause poor health and other interrelated health complications. Like any other dog, a Shih Tzu largely depends on the same food every day, however not all manufacturers are really dedicated in their designing of the food that may ensure an optimum degree of Shih Tzu nutrition.

In fact, it is your responsibility to check whether your Shih Tzu is getting proper nutrition levels. You can do so only if you have a general understanding of the food ingredients and their impact on the health of Shih Tzu. The most important thing to know about the pet food design is to know whether it is nationally recognized veterinarian formulated or not. If not, it is better not to adopt the food for your Shih Tzu. An improperly designed pet dog food may contain chemical preservatives, soy products, wheat and many other non-desirable products, which may harm your dog.

The make up of Shih Tzu nutrition depends on the selection of nutrients in the proper ratio. Typically, the ideal nutritional diet of Shih Tzu houses the combination of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Not only the ingredients, but also the quality of the ingredients is also very important. So quality and freshness need to be maintained at the utmost level. "Fast-cook" is an excellent food manufacturing process in which quality and freshness of the food is maintained at the highest possible level.

However, it is not good to buy pet food from those manufacturers who produce foods in larger amounts. Rather it is good to select manufacturers who do just do the opposite. It is mainly because the later can ensure the true quality and freshness of the food. Safety and food quality control are two issues that must be investigated with proper care and attention. APHIS certification is worthy and the regulations are much more stringent compared to that of United States government requirements. The former is implemented all over the European market.

A Shih Tzu nutrition plan depends on the high quantity of animal and poultry fat. Shih Tzu needs to be fed small quantities of food rich in protein and high in fat at regular intervals throughout the day. It is mainly because of the fact that fat is not preserved within the body, but converted into energy within few hours after consuming the food. Poultry, barley and rice can make a highly nutritious diet. Whereas any diet prepared with beef, yellow corn and oats are certainly not a good nutritional choice.

The developmental age largely influences the food quantity and selection of nutrient ratio. If you plan to visit an expert vet in order to prepare a healthy and nutritious diet plan for your Shih Tzu, he or she may take account a whole host of factors such as age, gender, weight, activity level, water source, living environment and medical history.
About the Author
A particular enthusiast of small breeds, Rebecca Simpson has vast experience with caring and raising different variety of dogs. Nutrition is an integral part of Shih Tzu care. It largely varies on the different developmental ages, gender and activity level of the dog. Relevant information regarding Shih Tzu dog food recipes can be gained from this article.
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