Although I have touched on this slightly in the last section, I want to take a few moments to really look at what you need when it comes to dog food. There are a hundred different varieties of dog food and it can be a bit alarming when you first walk into the pet store to pick something out.
Before you go and talk to someone at the pet store about the food, stop! While they do have some experience and knowledge on pet food, they are there; ultimately, to push a product and it may not be the best food, nutritionally for what you want.
While I can’t tell you what dog food to purchase, I can give you some idea of what to look for in a dog food. Personally, I prefer Life’s Abundance, which has everything I am looking for in a dog food. But dog food is a matter of preference and while I may use Life’s Abundance, there are also a number of top quality dog food’s available in the stores.
What Life’s Abundance and several other dog foods offer and should offer are all of the things that you should be looking for in a dog food and these are:
- Fatty Acids: Although all fatty acids are important, what you are really looking for is a dog food that contains Omega 3 and 6. Fatty acids are derived from seeds of certain plants and from animal fats. They provide energy for your dog and will encourage the proper growth of your dog’s coat and will help with the health of his skin.
- Carbohydrates: If you have ever talked to an athlete, you understand the importance of carbohydrates on providing energy and it is no different with your dog. The energy gained from carbohydrates help your dog with their day-to-day needs but also with growth and development.
- Protein: Another important part of your dog’s diet, you should make sure that there are high quality proteins in the food since this will help with your dog’s growth and development.
- Vitamins and Minerals: Lastly, dog food should contain vitamins and minerals and if you dog is not getting them, then it could cause some upset in your dog’s health, or development. In addition, a Shih Tzu requires 10 essential amino acids, which are usually found in protein. Other vitamins and minerals that they require are
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Pantothenic Acid
When you choose a dog food for your Shih Tzu, it is important that you avoid one that has a lot of fillers. If you aren’t sure what that means, a filler is something that makes the production of dog food less expensive while providing a high yield. Fillers can be a number of things but if you notice grains, corn, beets or other carbohydrates at the beginning of your ingredient’s list, then you know that your dog is receiving a high amount of fillers in his diet.
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