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How are 18 month old Shih Tzu who weighs 13 pounds will go 1

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How are 18 month old Shih Tzu who weighs 13 pounds will go 1 to 2 days without eating at times. She is also a very finicky eater. Is this normal behavior or is that something we should be concerned about? Thank you.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I definitely do see this in some breeds more than others and Shih Tzu's are one breed I have this issue with. I would consider a homemade diet that is well balanced and perhaps including ground chicken (lean) versus the thigh which is higher in fat to entice a more consistent appetite. There is a book I refer to for feeding homemade diets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

I also would consider a raw diet such as the Instinct formula, which I rarely recommend but sometimes this is the way to get them to eat more consistently...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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