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The Truth About Royal Canin: Shih Tzu

Wondering what’s in Royal Canin: Shih Tzu dog food? Want to know why it may not be the safest food option there is? Today you’ll find out exactly why Royal Canin: Shih Tzu dog food may not be the safest food option to feed your Shih Tzu, and learn what to look out for on dog food labels. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this to your Dogs board.

Quick story: This past week I have been researching dog food ingredients, spending long hours putting in google searches of “can dogs eat ground yellow corn” and “can dogs eat L-Lysine Monohydrochloride”. It’s not the most fun thing in the world to do, but I want to do it to find out the safest dog food. 😎

Dog food isn’t easy to choose, but commercials on TV and the internet just aren’t always truthful! There’s a flavor of Cesar’s Wet Dog Food that contains carrageenan, which can cause cancer in dogs. 😓

Today I want to help you by breaking down a few of the not-so-safe ingredients in Royal Canin.

The Truth About Royal Canin: Shih Tzu:

First, Chicken fat– can cause bellyaches, pancreatitis (inflammation in the pancreas), and obesity.
Then, Wheat Gluten-watch for allergies.
Next we have Rice hulls-people don’t eat them, so they toss them into dog food as a chep filler that has ZERO nutritional value for dogs.
Then, Royal Canin includes Anchovy oil– type of fish oil, can be toxic, these days, oceans are polluted and can contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and more. They can cause cancer, organ damage, reproductive damage, blindness, leaky gut, yeast infections and immune problems!
Next is Soya oil– made with soy, soy is bad. It has the highest pesticide residue out of any crop. Soy can interfere with the absorption and use of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, it can destroy the thyroid, it can cause seizures, and causes gas formation and bloating in dogs.
Then, Fructo-oligosaccharides– Can cause diarrhea, gas, bloating and stomach cramps.
We also have Sodium tripolyphosphate– toxic to nerve tissue, like the brain and spinal cord, and is a mild
skin irritant.
Now, Salt-Salt can cause salt poisoning, high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.
Then we have Choline chloride– can react with other supplements, be careful!
Next is Borage Oil– be careful! In toy dogs, too much can cause Borage poisoning! Symptoms include:

1. Anorexia
2. Bloody diarrhea
3. Depression
4. Breathing trouble
5. Difficulty walking
6. Excessive drooling
7. Lethargy and weakness
8. Muscle weakness and tremors
9. Pawing at the mouth or face
10. Redness or burns on the gums, skin, or tongue
11. Vomiting.

Then, Ferrous sulfate– only a trace amount, but be wary. May cause Iron Poisoning. Symptoms include drowsiness, lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. 🤮
Next is Marigold extract– too much can cause stomach upset and skin irritation, and cause problems
in a pregnant dog.
Then we have some Green tea extract– can cause liver and reproductive toxicities, kidney damage, degeneration of
reproductive organs, and bone marrow disorders.
…And some Rosemary extract– can cause seizures in small dogs.
And finally, Citric Acid– too much Citric acid could be toxic, irritate the dog’s digestive system, and cause vomiting and diarrhea.

The Truth About Royal Canin: Shih Tzu

The truth about Royal Canin: Shih Tzu is, it has a few ingredients we would never feed our dogs on a daily basis. Dog food companies know, for example, that Rosemary Extract can cause seizures in small dogs, but they put it in a Shih Tzu mix. Shih tzus are small dogs. Instead of Salt, put in a safer, dog-friendly alternative for flavor like Basil, which has anti-cancer properties, or Cinnamon, which also displays anti-cancer properties and is a natural anti-inflammatory.

If you are wondering about other dog food companies like Blue, or Purina: Beneful, you can visit our posts about that.

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