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20 Best Foods for Shih Tzu with Allergies

Written by: Z


Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on October 31, 2022
Dealing with your Shih Tzu’s food allergies can be beyond frustrating! We asked our 800,000 members Shih Tzu community on facebook the following question: “Those of you with Shih Tzu who have allergies…. what food do you use and why?” We received hundreds of replies, and summarized the top 20 responses here.
As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your Shih Tzu’s diet. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Also, view our roundup of the Best Foods for Dogs with Allergies

20 Best Dog Foods for Shih Tzu with Allergies

I cook for him. I’m able to control the ingredients and the quality. He’s no longer a picky eater and doesn’t scratch or lick incessantly. I no longer have to worry about pet food recalls.

Author: GT L.

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A little off topic but what I thought were food allergies turned out to be environmental allergies. After switching foods many times, and nothing helping with her itching, I took her to my trusted vet, who diagnosed her. My 14 year old Indie is now on daily Apoquel and her quality of life improved within a few weeks. She no longer spends her days scratching. Good luck!

Author: Jasmin S.

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Natural balance LID lamb and brown rice. He’s allergic to poultry and beef and this lamb food isn’t grain free since that can cause issues with tzu’s. My guy is 10 and acts like he is 5!

Author: Julie C.

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Not a food recommendation, but I would HIGHLY recommend this allergy supplement on Amazon. Reduced my dog’s itching substantially. My vet said keep using it!

Author: Jay C.

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Diamond naturals lamb and rice, my little guy is allergic to chicken, he’s 12 1/2

Author: Tiffany A.

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I get this dog food for my shih tzu from Petsmart. It has fish only for meat in it. My girl cant eat beef, poultry, pork etc…

Author: Jean M.

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We have been feeding ours Limited Ingredients, Small Bites, Duck and Potato for the better part of Bella’s life. We give her both wet and dry. She’s now 13 and doing well.

Author: Catherine A. M.

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Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach. She gets allergy injections twice a year.

Author: Cheryl Melancon B.

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We rotate Adored Beast Healthy Gut and Allergy protocol and feed Raw single protein using Viva Raw and Bones and Co. They have environmental allergies during January thru April but also react to chicken unless pasture raised due to grains in diet if not pasture raised. Took a couple years of working to find the triggers for them. It’s not a quick fix.Best for us is Rabbit, Duck, Turkey and Fish. One tolerates beef andlamb, one does not

Author: Robin G.

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Nature’s Recipe, Grain free for small dog breeds She was so picky and only ate canned food until I found this brand. She throws up often from sensitive stomach so I stick to very specific brands and food portions. My 2nd Shihchon has allergies and does well with this food too!

Author: Laryn O.

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Natural Balance Venison and Sweet potato. Our baby saw a vet who specialized in allergies and this was his recommended. It helped tremendously. He still has allergies, just not near as bad.

Author: Janice Gamble B.

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I have used Science Diet, lamb and rice small bites for 3 years with our puppy and he is getting along great with it. I also had used it for my older dog and she loved it.

Author: Janet T.

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Purina pro plan sensitive skin and stomach Lamb and Oats. Game changer for my little man who loves chicken but it doesn’t love him

Author: Robin R.

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NaturalBalance. It’s a great product, all natural, NO FILLERS AND OTHER GARBAGE! Just plan honest natural food!! And it’s a decent price too!!!

Author: Jan B.

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Bella is on Royal Canin SO MODERATE CALORIE for bladder stones it’s a script from Dr.Rickwald from ORCHARD PARK VETERINARIAN MEDICAL CENTER in Orchard Park NY. ( Bella has had2 surgeries for the bladder stones due to bladder infection and UTIZzzoey is on the ROYAL CANIN beauty can dog food because of allergies to other dog foods . Dr Rickwald says this food is good for Zzzoey

Author: Patti N.

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Earthborn salmon or rabbit – ear infections & constant itching. I’ve also used merrick grain-free salmon but the vet said they need grain.

Author: Crystal Maynard S.

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Natural Balance salmon and sweet potato. It’s the only food I can find grain free and with no peas. My boy is allergic to grains, poultry and grass/pollen. He’s sensitive to all other meats except fish.

Author: Karen B.

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Taste of the Wild ancient grains wild salmon-22 y/o is allergic to poultry.

Author: The Patriot T.

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Fresh pet sensitive stomach is the best out there !

Author: Allen O.

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I recently put my dog on Purina Pro Plan for sensitive skin and stomach that my then bf suggested at the time. She’s been on it for a couple months and does well on it

Author: Michaella M.

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Fromm pork and peas, or pork and applesauce. My Molly is allergic to chicken and beef.

Author: Kim A.

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