I have been searching posts and it seems a lot of our babies have the same problem: allergies. I am using dinovite to supplement, but I am wondering if Gabbi's food is a culprit. She is on Royal Canin especially for Shih-tzus. It contains no corn but it does have wheat in it. She is extremely picky (my fault) and I hate to switch her if Natural Balance if what I'm feeding is helping her. Thanks!
If you know your dog is having problems, Do change to a corn and wheat free kibble. There are tons of good kibbles available. Just because it says Shihtzu on the lable does not mean they know whats good for the breed. The poodle variety of that kibble has either wheat or corn in it, but they are too dumb to know that poodles are prone to allergies, tear staining, so why put known allergens in the food. I have poodles and would never feed them royal canine.
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I agree with the poster...try another diet, slowly. Don't go by what the food manufacturer states but look at the ingredients instead. You may even consider a raw diet for a short time to see if it's the food.
Also, I also use dinovite but have added their lickochops omega fatty supplement too and it's done wonders for my guy.
What kind of allergies are we talking about? Any food can trigger an allergy in a dog, its mostly about the dog, My female used to get swollen lips from Natural Balance, But does great on Hills. Royal Canin isn't a bad food per say, but they say, the brand tends to be high in the sodium area, to get pets to drink more. Which is good but I think there are studies being done on the higher levels of sodium, and there may be a kidney issue with long term use.
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My mom has a one year old Shih-Tzu that had nothing but feeding problem after feeding problem. She tried Royal Canin Shih-Tzu because that is what the breeder was feeding. Her dog began throwing up and wouldn't eat. After trying Canidae and finally now on Raw/Natures Variety she is doing awesome. Remember, with allergies and finicky eaters, it is best to go slow....Good luck.