Puppies are fed NUTRO brand Natural Choice Puppy dry food (Chicken and Rice Recipe).
Puppies typically begin trying to eat dry food around 5 weeks of age. 


Puppies should have access to water at all times and they should have access to food at all times. 
Seek the advice of your veterinarian regarding changes in diet and recommended feeding information. 
Toy breed dogs are susceptible to hypoglycemia and due to having a small stomach, as an adult, they require a few small meals a day or free feeding.

Again, kibble should be available to puppy at all times!!! 
It is possible for puppies to experience a change in appetite for the first few days after arriving at their new homes.
A teaspoon or two of canned food can spur puppy's appetite, reducing the chance of hypoglycemia. The teething stage can also cause changes in eating habits as it can be uncomfortable for them to eat kibble.
It may be appropriate to provide a teaspoon of wet/canned food a few times a day while puppies are teething or soften the dry kibble by soaking it (for approx 15 minutes) in warm water (and pour off the water) before setting it out for puppy.
The wet/canned food that we recommend is Wellness CORE Grain-Free Turkey, Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver Formula Canned Dog Food. This wet/canned food is what we feed our puppies during weaning before we introduce kibble.



Homemade dog treats are so much healthier for your dog than store bought treats. Here's a site with some creative, easy recipes and ideas for your shih tzu...

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