If you would like to make changes to your Shih Tzu’s diet, one idea your vet may have recommended that you look into is choosing a food with lower fat. It is important to discuss dietary changes with an animal health professional to best determine what changes are recommended or necessary. When it has been determined that your pets fat intake needs to decrease, there is a rule of thumb that you can follow! Dry dog foods tend to have the lowest amounts of fat overall (10-15%), wet dog food formulas tend to be higher, usually (25-15%), and raw food diets normally have the highest amounts of fat in them (20-30%).
Some top brands for lower fat foods that make their way to lists of favorites for dog lovers and experts are Halo Spot’s ®, Wellness ® Core Reduced Fat, and Royal Canin ®.
Royal Canin’s formula is called Weight Care Mini, and is for dogs that are at least 10 months old that are showing signs of excessive weight. The nutritional information advises that the fat content is only 9%. This product is highly recommended for many toy breeds, not just for Shih Tzu!
Halo Spot’s ® is another great choice because it promises to deliver whole proteins in its ingredients. What does this mean exactly? A whole protein supplies amino acids to an organism that it cannot produce on its own. These include arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. So this is great news, as lower quality foods will not be able to promise to include these vital nutrients. The product is called Spot’s Stew ® Toy/Small Breed Dog Healthy Weight GF Whitefish & Salmon and its available in 4 LB, 10 LB, and 28 LB bags.
Wellness ® Core Reduced Fat advises that it contains 25% lower fat than the original Core formula. This is a wonderful brand that is highly affordable and yet provides great quality nourishment for cats and dogs. There are also several flavor options for this product; Ocean, Wild Game, Deboned Turkey Turkey Meal and Chicken Meal, and Ocean. It also boasts being grain-free, omega fatty acids, fiber and probiotics, and high protein. This is a dry food and the nutrition facts advise that it contains about 10-12% crude fat per serving. The canned version of 2 this product is available in 5 flavors as well, including one specially made for puppies! Canned varieties are usually a great solution for picky or finicky eaters.
These are all great options to try if you would like to specifically target the fat content of your dog’s meals. Be sure to follow the feeding instructions carefully so that this change in diet will be carried out effectively. Just like people, the amount of food and nutrients that animals consume should be in good balance with the amount of physical activity that they engage in. Be sure to discuss your pet’s specific needs with your veterinarian so that you can share a healthy and rewarding lifestyle with your special furry friend. Below is an infographic from The Shih Tzu Expert about what to look for when buying best dog food for Shih Tzu or other small breed dogs.