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Monitoring your Shar Pei's Diet

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Tags: Chinese Shar Pei, Diet, Feeding

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Keeping your Chinese Shar Pei happy and healthy will give you much more quality time together and save you a lot of money on vet bills. Most pet owners just run out and get the first dry dog food they can find, but if you truly value your Shar Pei, you should spend more time and effort to prepare the right food for your pup. Maintaining the diet of your Chinese Shar Pei will reduce the likelihood of any food allergies or digestive problems that may occur as a result of an unhealthy diet. If you're unsure which diet will work best for your Shar Pei, keep reading and discover the secrets to a healthy and energetic Chinese Shar Pei.

Fresh Food


Feeding your Shar Pei fresh food is recommended because the vitamins and minerals found in real food are a necessary part of the canine diet. Historically, Chinese Shar Peis were used to the food found in the Guangdong province of China. Foods like pork, poultry, beets, rice and wheat are common to this region and they will keep the Shar Pei's coat shiny and healthy, and increase its overall health.

Feeding your Shar Pei may sound expensive, but actually it is not. Think about how much food you throw away each night; if you just set that food aside prior to cooking and then cook it without seasoning for your Shar Pei, you can feed your dog at no additional costs. Instead of doggy biscuits, give your Shar Pei fresh fruits or steamed veggies, which contain the necessary nutrients to help your companion stay healthy.

Commercial Food


Commercial dog food is good enough to make your Shar Pei grow, but it is not what your dog would prefer to eat, given the choice. Ordinary dog food does provide some of the nutrients necessary for a healthy Shar Pei, but it also includes a lot of low grade meats and grains that you would never feed to anyone that you love.

However, if you decide that commercial dog food is all that you have time for or can afford, do your homework and find a brand that does not have a lot of preservatives or high protein content. Your best bet if you opt for commercial food is to find high quality or gourmet food for your Shar Pei.

The Verdict


The best bet for a Chinese Shar Pei owner is to prepare fresh food meals. Fresh food is void of meat by-products and preservatives that will cause additional waste and health problems. Since the Shar Pei is prone to food allergies, preparing fresh meals without butter, salt or any other seasoning will make the best diet for your companion.


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