Dealing with your Shih Tzu’s food allergies can be beyond frustrating! We asked our 800,000 Shih Tzu community members on Facebook the following question: “Those of you with Shih Tzu who have allergies…. what food do you use and why?” We have received hundreds of responses and have summarized the top 20 responses here.
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20 Best Dog Foods For Shih Tzu With Allergies
I cook for him. I can check the ingredients and quality. He is no longer a picky eater and does not scratch or lick incessantly. I don’t have to worry about pet food recalls anymore.
A little off topic, but what I thought were food allergies turned out to be environmental allergies. After changing food many times, and nothing helped her itching, I took her to my trusted vet, who diagnosed her. My 14 year old Indie is now taking Apoquel daily and her quality of life improved within a few weeks. She no longer spends her days scratching. Good luck!
Natural balance LID lamb and brown rice. He is allergic to poultry and beef and this lamb food is not grain free as that can cause problems with tzus. My husband is 10 and pretends to be 5!
I get this dog food for my shih tzu from Petsmart. It only has fish for meat in it. My girl can’t handle beef, poultry, pork etc…
We’ve been feeding our Limited Ingredients, Small Bites, Duck and Potato for most of Bella’s life. We feed her both wet and dry. She is now 13 and doing well.
Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach. She gets allergy injections twice a year.
We rotate the Adored Beast Healthy Gut and Allergy protocol and feed Raw single protein with Viva Raw and Bones and Co. They have environmental allergies from January to April, but will also react to chicken unless pasture raised due to grains in the diet, if not pasture. It took a few years to find the triggers for them. It’s not a quick fix. The best for us is rabbit, duck, turkey and fish. They tolerate beef and lamb, they don’t
Nature’s Recipe, Grain Free for Small Dog Breeds She was so picky and only ate canned food until I found this brand. She often throws up from a sensitive stomach so I stick to very specific brands and food portions. My 2nd Shihchon has allergies and does well with this food too!
Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato. Our baby saw a vet who specialized in allergies and this was his recommendation. It helped immensely. He still has allergies, just not as bad.
I have been using Science Diet Lamb & Rice Small Bits of Lamb & Rice with our puppy for 3 years and he gets along well with it. I had also used it on my older dog and she loved it.
Purina pro plan sensitive skin and stomach Lamb and Oats. Game changer for my little man who likes chicken but not him
Natural Balance. It’s a great product, all natural, NO FILLERS AND OTHER WASTE! Just plan honest natural food!! And it’s a decent price too!!!
Bella uses Royal Canin SO MODERATE CALORIE for bladder stones. It’s a script by Dr. Rickwald of ORCHARD PARK VETERINARIAN MEDICAL CENTER in Orchard Park NY. (Bella has had 2 surgeries for bladder stones due to cystitis and UTIZzzoey is on the ROYAL CANIN beauty can dog food due to allergies to other dog foods. Dr. Rickwald says this food is good for Zzzoey
Earthborn salmon or rabbit – ear infections and constant itching. I also used Merrick grain free salmon but the vet said they needed grain.
Natural Balance salmon and sweet potato. It’s the only food I can find grain-free and pea-free. My son is allergic to grains, poultry and grass/pollen. He is sensitive to all other meats except fish.
I recently put my dog on Prinia Pro Plan for sensitive skin and stomach which my then boyfriend suggested at the time. She’s been working on it for a few months and doing well on it
From pork and peas, or pork and applesauce. My Molly is allergic to chicken and beef.