Oct 23, 2008, 7:24 PM
Post #2 of 16
Best of luck in finding a good home for the dog. I'd like to offer some advice on how to improve the health and benefit the skin and immune system of the dog.
Re: [8su4] shih tzu up for adoption
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Feed her vegetables. Chop up vegetables like cabbage, carrots, choy sum - any vegetable - and cook it with some chopped garlic (good against ticks) - either boiling or steaming - and feed it to the dog along with the rest of the food. I feed my 4 dogs vegetables (and plain yoghurt) every day and it is sooooooo good for them.
I have a miniature poodle adopted from the SPCA whom I fostered initially. He had a terrible skin condition - dermatitis - which was why his previous owners dumped him at the SPCA and made him unattractive to potential adopters. He itched terribly and it was so bad that his back was a horrible mess of sore skin. The first night he was with me, I was woken up by the thumping from his scratching and his squealing from the discomfort. I switched on the bed side light to find my bed and the floor covered in smeared blood because he had broken through the skin on his back. I cleaned him up and applied some lotion provided by the SPCA to stop the itching.
Over the next few days, I applied a medicated skin cream to his back and fed him vegetables along with the usual kibble and some boiled chicken and plain yoghurt. Within three days, he'd stopped scratching and the skin on his back began to heal. Before, it was red and sore and weepy. Within two weeks, the hair on his back began to grow back and today, except for some discolouration of the hair, there are no signs of the skin problem on his back. He still itches a little and licks his skin occasionally but it may be from habit (like people who bite their nails).
His carers at the SPCA were amazed by the total change in his condition after he was with me for 6 months. They had been so concerned that if he wasn't adopted (because of his bad skin) he might have to be put to sleep. Now, he's mine!
The vegetables don't have to cooked every day - I cook up a batch and keep it in the fridge. I feed it to the dogs over the course of three or four days, warming it up first in the microwave to take the chill off the vegetables. All my dogs love the vegetables with their dinner. The vegetables don't have to expensive - I use the outer leaves of the my vegetables which is less attractive but still good.
Please try adding vegetables to your dogs' diet and see the huge difference it makes to your dogs, especially the shih tzu. If you can, add plain yoghurt to their diet too as it is very good for their digestion especially when fed in tandem with the vegetables.
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Mahatma Ghandi.