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My Shih Tzu puppy is about 14 weeks old. He used to eat all his food the minute I poured it in the bowl. The past couple of days he's stopped doing that. He will pick at it occasionally, but it seems like such a sudden decrease in appetite. Is this common? Did he have a growth spurt that just ended or something? Should I be worried?
Puppies should be eating and drinking. If your puppy stops drinking, it is serious. I would call the vet if the appetite doesnt pick up in a couple of days.
If you puppy has not completed his vaccinations, you should be looking out for Parvo virus. It often starts with loss of appetite and proceeds to lethargy and diarrhea and vomiting. To have a chance of beating the virus your puppy will need veterinary care immediately if you see these symptoms. Sadly parvo can be fatal. Good veterinary care, combined with good home care give you your best chance. As I said, if your puppy had his vaccinations this should not be a worry for you.
I'm getting a little scared here. I have a 7 month Shih Tzu, and he's not eating or drinking. Yes, I've taken him to the vet to get something for him.
I have a 7 week old Shih Tzu puppy. I have had him for 1 week already and he won't eat dry food, but he will try to eat my cat's dry food. What can I do to get him to eat his food? I tried mixing it with wet food, but he will lick the wet food and not eat the dry one.
His jaw and teeth may not be strong enough for the dry food. I would consult the vet about this.
Your puppy may be attempting to eat cat food because the pieces are smaller than pieces of dry dog food. Most likely, your vet can advise you as to what type of dry food is best for a young puppy. You could try crushing the dry dog food into smaller pieces for your puppy.
Did you buy puppy food or regular Kibbles?
At this young age he still needs small pieces so try to break up his food into small pieces like the cat food and maybe he will eat it.
Mix a few pieces of cat food with his food - the cat food is nutritious and will not hurt him.
Please don't let the dog eat the cat food. My friend had a rescue boy who had only eaten cat food his first 2 years of life and he had severe kidney issues during his life which was very short because of the kidney issues.
Feed the cats in a place the dog cannot get to it! Also be sure he doesn't eat their poop. Same issues will happen with kidney problems if this keeps happening.
Check with the vet to make sure the pup's teeth are ok. Then get a recommendation for the best method to integrate the dry food into his meals. Our little ones liked the tiniest puppy food nuggets.
Prayers for the pup and you! May you have a blessed history together!
He got puppy food and it did work i brake it to pieces and he eats it now
So happy your fur baby is eating!! Wishing you all the best!!
Thanks for letting us know as we all love to hear that someone found a solution and their baby is doing well.
I know that many people do not think cat food should be fed to dogs but I cannot believe that anything harmful to dogs could be in cat food or they would have to have a warning on the label "Do not feed to dogs - keep away from dogs as it could be harmful".
That does not mean that I think it is okay to feed dogs a regular diet of cat food because cats and dogs have different diet needs and their food should reflect that. I do know from personal experience that my family dogs have regularly had nibbles of cat food (both wet and dry) and it did not cause them any problems.
Sometimes my son drops by with his Chihuahuas and if no dog food is available we will feed them small amounts of my cat's food.
I am only mentioning this because I would not want someone to panic if their dog eats a little cat food.
Not sure how to define a few times of eating it, but I do know from first hand experience, that dogs who eat regular meals of cat food and cat treats can develop serious kidney issues, obesity and have poor general development (if fed cat food when they are pups.)
F, who was a border collie, was in a situation--where before my friend rescued her and gave her a good home and good medical care--where she ate cat food for approx. two years.
From the moment she was rescued and throughout her short but sweet life, she had serious kidney issues, skin issues, teeth issues, and was generally in poor health. It was so, so, so sad. Such a sweet gal.
This is why I preach do not let your dogs eat cat food!
There are many articles written about this topic like the ones below.
My friend learned that the dogs get a taste for the cat food and if they can't get to the food, and they can get to the cat's litter box, they will eat the poop to satisfy their cravings for whatever is in the food that attracts them. This is a situation where it is better safe than sorry! I will step off my soap box now. Thank you for listening!
I have a two year old Shih Tzu. He's very picky about his food. I was feeding him boiled chicken for a long time, but wanted to give him something healthy so my pet sitter recommended Perro dog food. He was eating at first; I would mix it with some wet food. But now again he has stopped eating it. I have even tried giving him Royal Canin food, but he eats it for a day or two and then again he doesn't eat. I don't know what to give him anymore. Overall he's healthy and active, but very picky about his food.
A dog will not starve himself! If he gets hungry enough he will eat.
There are many varieties of canned dog food, I would try a different one each week.
These are really adorable dogs and I know you are concerned about his health but your "worrying" may be part of the problem. First question would be has he been to the vet to rule any health problems? Second - you mention "dog sitter" so I assume you are gone during the day and someone (your home or theirs) is taking care of him in your absence. Do you know if he is getting a good amount of exercise as usually a dog will have a better appetite if they get regular daily exercise? Some dogs (even small ones) need a lot of exercise so be sure of this before going any further. He may not be hungry because he isn't burning off enough calories.
Most breeders say to make a choice as to the food you want to feed him. Don't add anything to it or if you do, just do it occasionally. Offer him the food. If he doesn't eat it in 5 minutes, remove it for a few hours (or when he appears hungry). He'll eat when he is hungry enough. I would not start adding other treats (canned food, people food) or changing foods, unless you change it to canned food for good.
I do not know if you ever place him in a cage/kennel in your home but here is a suggestion: Put some dry food in his kennel so when you put him to bed for the night he may eat it while you are asleep. (not very much to start). If you do not use a kennel then do you have a small room that could be used but I would not upset with too much change.
The only other suggestion that I have is pick out a good food product, stick with it and maybe occasionally add some cottage cheese just a little - youll soon know if he will eat it - just leave it for 5 minutes and remove it - be patient and do not act like there is anything wrong because he is not eating. Remember - exercise is vital to his health.
Here is a link to the American Shih Tzu Club about picky eaters.
I don't feed my dogs canned dog food at all. None of them will eat it. Therefore, I am forced to visit the store and buy the packages of scrap meats they sell for animals. I boil the meat and cut it into bite size pieces. Afterwards, I add cooked pasta or rice to the meat. They all ove this and it is very healthy for them.
I beg to differ, a dog will starve itself to death! Just went through this with my beloved baby. She could not have tooth surgery because of kidneys. She would not eat! We had to put her down or watch her literally starve
I have a 6 month old male Shih Tzu puppy. I usually feed him one full egg in the morning and carrot and Royal Canin in the evenings. Beginning two days ago his intake of food has been reduced. He keeps jerking in the nights. Is this something should I be worried about?
I would be worried about it. I would call my vet.
I have a five month old Shih Tzu. She doesn't eat her food. Could someone offer some information on how to make her eat? I feed her Science Diet. I also feed her Royal Canin puppy food.
By EZE-1 from New York, NY
I rescue Shih Tzus [I'm living with 9 right now!!] and I've found that each one will eat Bil-Jac - some will only eat kibble, others [especially those without teeth] devour the frozen Bil-Jac. It costs a bit more, but they don't eat that much for a meal. It takes 5 of mine 5-6 weeks to eat a bag of kibble [30 pounds] and the other 4 take 4½ weeks to eat a 5 pound bag of the frozen. To me, it is well worth the extra $1.75 per bag to see them enjoy their meals.
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I am having problems getting my Shih tzu puppy to eat. I tried puppy food wet and dry plus put a little chicken breast mixed in.
Rich from Thailand
First off I think I would have the vet check it to make sure something isn't wrong. If it's fine I personally would consider home cooking for it.
I have two Shih Tzus. One of mine I think would have ended up starving if I hadn't turned over to home cooking real food for him. He's a totally different dog now. Because of the long struggles with him, I ended up opening a pet bakery. I have since run into several other owners of small dogs that had the same problems. But once turned over to real food their pets stated loving their food. Some owners were totally amazed with the difference in their small pets, all thanks to real food.
Here's a pic of my beautiful Shih-tzus. I can't resist showing them off every chance I get.
I keep them trimmed and they love it that way. When their hair starts to get a tad long they will beg to be trimmed, they are just too sweet for words. (04/29/2008)
My advice to you would be to take the pup to the vet or call the vet and ask what could be wrong. The dog not eating shouldn't be taken lightly, the dog needs to be seen and needs to start eating. Something could be very wrong, then again the dog could just simply be very picky about food. My dog was like that, we went through 100 brands of dog food before we could find something she liked. I hope this was helpful, and please for the dog's sake contact a pet professional and ask their opinion. (04/29/2008)
Of course I would do the vet visit for sure, but something I did that helped mine was goat's milk. Just a little over her puppy food. Not much because it could cause loose stool. (05/04/2008)
I don't know if you can get this food in Thailand, but it's the best! It is called Merrick in the can. They make a puppy variety, too. I've yet to have a dog refuse their "Smothered Comfort" with whole chicken thighs. I hope this helps. (05/06/2008)
I have had two Shih tzus who were very picky eaters. They would not eat any foods, but Caesar's dog foods. His favorite is the chicken. Try this and see if it starts eating. If not, then you may want to take your Shih-tzu to the vet. It may be sick or have worms. I have a 9 month old right now; he only eats Ceasar's Canine Cuisine. I tried all other foods. He will only eat this one even my vet told me to try the Ceasar wet foods. He also loves the Beneful dry dog foods. Give this a try and let me know how it works. Thanks. (11/15/2008)
When an animal stops eating it is a sign something is wrong. I certainly would not introduce new food or drink items when you don't know what the problem is yet. You may have already fed it something it can't tolerate. You should contact your vet like you would your doctor about yourself if you could not eat. Eating = life. (02/09/2009)
By another shih-tzu owner