Food for my Tzu

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Barked: Wed Feb 11, '09 7:19am PST 
Hi, I was interested to know what foods other Shih Tzu owners are feeding. I currently have mine on Nutro but I am looking at others that I might want to feed.
Meisha Marie

Lookin for- Cookies
Barked: Thu Feb 12, '09 4:56am PST 
Meisha eats Science Diet Sensative Stomach. She does very well on that, and her tear stain is very minimal. Whatever you do, find a food, and stick with it. Switching the diet can send them right to a vet visit. Anytime you are switching foods, mix a little of the new with the old food. This will make the transition easier. Just keep in mind that the Shih tzu has a very sensative stomach.

Cookie Monster
Barked: Fri Feb 13, '09 6:10pm PST 
I have Bingley on Old Mother Hubbard. He loves it! He loves the turkey, chicken and beef flavors, so I rotate the flavors, since he gets bored easy. I also add a little boiled chicken to it to keep him interested.


I'm Supa Cute!
Barked: Mon Feb 23, '09 12:46pm PST 
Timmy used to be on Nutro Ultra. We just switched him to Spot's Stew, so far he loves it, but he has a sensitive tummy so it's giving him runny poop, but its been amazing for my Lhasa, and she is a picky eater.
Timmy did good on Nutro, but I heard that it is not the best food.

Barked: Sat Feb 28, '09 2:16pm PST 
I need some help to on feeding. We just got her on Monday and the prior owners were feeding her puppy chow hard food and alpo soft.
We can only get her to eat the soft food and treats. Our old dog was a german shepard/chow mix who ate everything the kids gave him, including a tray of choclate chip cookies he stole.. With her being so small I have to watch my kids who want to feed her people food and I'm worried she my get into something, I read somewhere she shouldn't have food with corn. So I guess I want to know is it ok for her to just eat soft food? I know she shouldn't have treats all the time.shrug

Cookie Monster
Barked: Sat Feb 28, '09 3:47pm PST 
Bingley is on just canned food, with dry around for him to nibble on in between meals (he's not really a fan of dry food). It's just recommended that you brush their teeth if they are on a mostly canned food diet.

Barked: Fri Mar 20, '09 10:24pm PST 
There is a way to grade the quality of your dog's food. You might end up being surprised when you find that many well-known, thought to be good foods, aren't really.

Start with a grade of 100:

1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
fat) reference, subtract 10 points

3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source,subtract 5 points

5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are
all the same grain), subtract 5 points

6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2

11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
beef), subtract 1 point

15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or
nutritionist, add 5 points

3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than

the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source
but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free
add 1 point

94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
69 = F

Here are some foods that have already been scored.
Dog Food scores:

Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 D
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

I got this information from the rescue group where I got Kiki.
Otis Gizmo- Briody - just

Barked: Thu Mar 26, '09 1:37pm PST 
Otis is on a speical diet, but he loves boiled chicken and Rice, along with Green beans, carrots, lettece, mash potatoes. which is all good for him. His kibble is potatoe and Duck frome the vet.

Mommy says I'm- an Empress!!!
Barked: Fri Apr 3, '09 3:56pm PST 
Meili is on Innova puppy food. She absolutely loves it and it seems to be pretty healthy as well. A little bit on the costly side, but she doesn't eat that much, so it is WELL worth it. big grin

It's my way or- the highway!
Barked: Fri Jun 19, '09 1:09pm PST 
Missy eats Canidae dry food, Cesars wet food and chicken. She loves em all, however she's been cutting back on the cesars. When she was a pup she went crazy for it but now she only eats it about one or two times a week. She likes the Canidae and chicken better, which I prefer too.
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