If a Shih Tzu Vomits Chunks of Food Right After Eating
While this is given the term 'vomit', throwing up food immediately after eating is actually regurgitation. When a Shih Tzu vomits before the food has started being digested, this is often due to 1 of 3 reasons:
- Eating too quickly
- Eating too much at one time
- Food Intolerance
Eating Too Quickly or Too Much
If this is the case, a Shih Tzu will vomit anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes after eating and what is vomited out will look rather undigested; you will be able to identify the food ingredients.
You will first want to look at how much your Tzu is ingesting at meal time. We will answer the question of how much a Shih Tzu should eat, however do keep in mind that this will be a general amount; So much of this depends on: Age, activity level, body metabolism rate and the food that is eaten - kibble with a high filler content (which we hope that you do not feed your Tzu) VS home cooked meals will vary greatly. If a Tzu normally ate 1 cup of kibble with fillers, he would be satisfied with 1/2 cup or even 1/3 cup of dense, homemade food.
With this said, in general a puppy will eat 1 ounce for each pound that he weighs. An adult Shih Tzu will eat 1/2 ounce for each pound that he weighs, but again this depends on what you are actually offering your puppy or dog.
The next element to look at is the rate at which the food is being eaten, since this can be what is causing a Shih Tzu to vomit.
There are 1 of 2 methods to help a Tzu slow down. The first is to start using a Slow Feed Dish. This is a bowl that has a large raised bump in the center that distributes food and causes slower consumption. The other option (if your Shih Tzu is very attached to his/her current bowl) is to obtain a Portion Pacer, which is a stainless steel ball that sits in the dish and causes a dog to work around it as he/she eats.
It is important to not use plastic colored bowls since the heavy dyes in them can cause everything from allergic reactions to a discoloring of facial hairs. If your Shih Tzu tends to vomit and you believe that it is due to eating too fast and you are not sure which bowl is best, you may wish to look to the Shih Tzu Specialty Shoppe under "Bowls".
When a dog is allergic to a food ingredient, this is often presented with a rash and skin problems (including itchy skin). However, when a dog has a food intolerance, it cause a dog to vomit after eating. If a Tzu does have this type of intolerance, the most common culprits are: soy, corn, eggs, wheat, fish, chicken, beef and lamb. These last 4, fish, chicken, beef and lamb are healthy meat ingredients that are found in just about all manufactured dog foods and are the main ingredients in home cooked meals.
An Intolerance that causes vomiting can be identified by putting a Shih Tzu on a home cooked meal plan. You will start with a bland diet and every 3 weeks, a new ingredient will be added. It is important to wait the 3 weeks to wait and see if there are signs of stomach distress or vomiting. Once the ingredient is identified, it should be struck from any snacks or meals. You wish to learn more about homemade recipes.