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25 Best Foods for an Overweight Shih Tzu

| Published on May 2, 2023
Does your Shih Tzu have a few extra pounds they need to lose? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Shih Tzu Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for an overweight Shih Tzu? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.

Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your shih tzu’s diet, especially if they are overweight, and may have other related health issues. 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.

25 Best Dog Foods for a Shih Tzu That Needs to Lose Weight

My dogs do not eat, I buy the instant brown rice I microwave it and I buy baby carrots put that in there and I just boil chicken for the entire week and I just feed them that for dinner in the morning I use liquid egg, whites, carrots, and whatever leftover, we only eat chicken and fish in our house. I’ve never had a overweight dog.

Author: Linda K.

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Hills Science Diet, Lamb and brown rice. No chicken because of allergies

Author: Terry McWilliams H.

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What did your vet suggest? Ours was eating Royal Canin, But she was always extremely itchy. Anybody switch to grain free? We are currently trying Merrick Lil plates… So far she seems to like it and She is not itchy and her coat doesn’t get as oily

Author: Kris T.

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When my dog/Shih Tzu was ill she recommended boiled rice with boiled hamburg and added vegetables- no spices, no herbs, no butter just plain – add a little to his/her bowl -this is not a long term deal. My dog really loved it and I started making my own vegetable medleys for him and he loved it- and it was healthier than all other things on the market

Author: Marika F.

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I’m having the same problem. I’ve been giving her Royal Canin but I have to add something with it or she won’t eat.

Author: Martha K.

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I feed mine purina smart one for small dogs. I have always free fed her so there is always kibble in her dish. Sometimes I mix In chicken or lean ground beef boiled of course with sweet potatoes and she loves it. She is a nibbler so she eats when she is hungry.

Author: Sharon Wheeler W.

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My dogs love Fresh Pet. I have a piggy and a picky so I spread a little liverwurst around the sides of the plate and he loves that so will polish that off then eat his food in the middle of the plate. This has worked for years!

Author: Stacey A.

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Little Caesars lamb but honestly probably how much your giving her is the real problem also she loves greenies and also grain free treats. Little to no table scraps.

Author: Douglas B.

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Satiety from royal canin is what we used for my 27 lb boy and he’s down 10 pounds and doesn’t beg. Seems to keep him filled up. And his energy level OMG like he’s a pup again..he’s 8.

Author: Kristy C.

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I add peas and green beans to my pets food. Also buy fresh pet every so often to switch it up. I have one that will eat anything you give him, and the other one seems to get bored with his food.

Author: Lisa J.

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My little girl, Pebbles was all.of 16+ yrs old and just wouldn’t eat prescribed food,,. At her age and health,,, I gave what she wanted or would eat. I fed her wt management canned dog food of whatever she wanted. Her last few weeks she.ate only a hot dog now and then,, ground hamburger,, 1 time it was taco meat,, then she had some green beans and chicken. The last 3 days she would only eat tuna fish,,, nothing else I would add to it,, She passed 1 day short of 17 yrs old.. I had never budgeted her health care. My vet had a cc on file for Pebbles for Anything she needed for her well being,,, I would travel for my work and be gone for weeks at a time. It was to care for her whoever would bring her into the vet. My point is we do what we can. And when they have had enuf,,, we need to consider that also. No easy fix.

Author: Patty C.

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Royal canin… We buy all her pets food through Chewy as an app and they are quite knowledgeable on all of the dog food and all the stuff that they sell and they are great people and they made sure that our pets had all of the food through the pandemic

Author: Patti N.

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So is my male dog. He is on Wellness Core weight management for small dogs and loves it.

Author: Vicki G.

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Mine is on Purina Pro Plan Weight Management for small dogs. I get the chicken flavored shredded blend with kibble and meat pieces. It has been the best thing for keeping her weight between 10-11 lbs. She recently had a lot of teeth pulled, so I soften it for her and she loves it. She’s 11 years old and has been on it for about 8 years now. It’s the bag with the beagle on the front and we are on Petco’s recurring order delivery. She gets 1/4 cup twice a day. Treats for her are the meat pieces from her food (I pull some out and bag up for treats), apple pieces, lettuce rinds (the center pieces of the leaves), and softened carrots.

Author: Debby S.

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You can cook fresh meals. I use chicken breast (canned or freshly cooked), brown rice and canned low salt string beans. Sometimes I use peas, corn, or carrots instead of string beans. Ask your vet how many calories you should feed him/her and portion it out. One can of each item makes enough for the week but you can make more at once and freeze it. If you use canned chicken and vegetables it takes no time at all to put together.

Author: Valerie B.

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My vet reduced mine’s intake to and 1/8 cup dry mixed with a couple tbsp of wet food twice a day. And she only wants him on purina one. He’s done well and seems happy with it. He’s down to his goal weight and now acts like a dog that’s 4-5 years old instead of 12.

Author: Tina Hornsby D.

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Dogs will eat whatever food is available, when they’re hungry. Give him only water and a chew bone for 24 hours. The next day give him more water and ONLY the food the vet prescribed, and in the portions the Vet prescribes. No snacks. No treats. Dogs are by nature, opportunist feeders. If you try to mix his old food with the Vet’s food he may avoid the healthy pieces. NEVER leave food out all day. Feed him twice a day, 6 to 8 hours apart. Remove any food he doesn’t eat. Dogs can only get as fat as their owners allow. Tough love makes healthy pets. Be strong.

Author: Dean F.

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Royal Canin canned gastro, boiled chicken breast, little bit of kibble and a teaspoon of canned pumpkin.

Author: Rebecca G.

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I give my guys local purina one, but until we go back to Michigan and away from all our dogless Rv park neighbors who give out treats we can’t seem to lose weight!! He loves his green beans though. I buy salt less canned from Walmart.

Author: Diane K S.

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My dog has allergies per vet I feed Purina pro salmon and rice for sensitive skin and stomach. I think they have overweight formula in the pro

Author: Yolanda B.

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Dr Marty’s Nature’s Blend! Amazing for my Shih Tzu!

Author: Byron B.

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We use pedigree dry and can food and she loves it esp. The chicken

Author: Susan S.

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Fromm, depending on age, they have Senior Gold, we fed our dogs and they did great on it.

Author: Bob Alice R.

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Weight maintenance food and believe it or not low sodium green beans mixed in makes them full but low in calories and you can use green beans in place of a treat make sure they’re low in sodium rinse in strainer with cold water refrigerator after opening got 35 lbs off a rescue golden with this diet

Author: Barbara B.

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I’ve fed all my babies Iams small bites and never had any issues.

Author: Mary DeMaagd D.

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In conclusion, providing an obese Shih Tzu with the right diet is crucial to ensure their journey towards a healthier weight is both enjoyable and effective. By focusing on high-quality protein sources, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and essential nutrients, you can support your dog’s weight loss while maintaining their overall health. Always consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to your pet’s diet. With patience, dedication, and the right food choices, your beloved Shih Tzu will be well on their way to achieving a leaner, happier, and more energetic life. Embrace the journey together for a stronger bond and a healthier future.
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