Royal Canin Gastrointestinal - High Fiber

by Lorna Small
(Phila., Pa)

I very recently took over the care of an 8-year old Shih Tzu, whose owner now has Alzheimer's and can no longer care for her.
This dog is very loving and smart, she loves some treats, but I don't give her many.
She is not liking the Royal Canin Dog Food dry, so I mix it with chicken or beef bone broth or just water sometimes to soften, and she will only eat after she is convinced that she is not getting meat mixed with her food.
Since this is the food she was apparently getting before, what can I do? Should I change her food?
She loves chicken and beef mixed with her food. How much is too much?
She also will eat some fruit and vegetables, blueberries included.
When I cook her food, how can I season her food--or should I?

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Shih Tzu: Gastrointestinal - High Fiber
by: Molly

Hi Lorna,

Firstly. You are an extraordinary person to take in and care for this beautiful dog now that her previous owner can longer do so.

With respect to giving her the Royal Canin dry food, it is a good option for dogs with gastrointestinal issues. However, it isn't the only option. These articles may be helpful, Do Shih Tzu Get Stomach Problems, as well as this article How Much Food Does a Shih Tzu Eat Each Day
Of course, the best advice I can give you is to take a trip to her veterinarian to find out the best course of action and come up with recipes together that will be good for her. Once you have the fundamentals down, you can become more creative in her meals.

Shih Tzu can be picky eaters, and as you found out, they may only eat what's put in front of them when they are sure something better isn't available. Mixing in the broth, vegetables, and blueberries are great additions to her meal.

To make the food more attractive to my picky eaters, I have sprinkled fresh parmesan (or other stinky cheese) on the bottom of the food bowl, as well as a little dash on top. This seems to do the trick.

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