Shih Tzu Q&A

Any suggestions on preventing bloat? This is when the stomach becomes twisted and is fatal if not immediately treated. Shepherds being deep chested are at risk.

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Get an elevated food dish.

do not feed your dog for at least 1 hour after exercise.

If the dog is hot (after exercise or if the weather is warm), limit the amount of water they drink. Don't keep the thirsty, but a GSD will drink a lake dry. They don't need to. Also, no cold water. Don't feed the dog or let them drink a lot of water if you know they are going to be getting a lot of exercise in the next few hours

they should not eat one hour before or one hour after exercise and sometimes adding a bit of warm water to their food will help, although i have heard that you need to pay more attention to their teeth (keeping them clean) if you soften their food

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