What are the best diets to serve Lhasa Apsos?

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Lhasa Apsos are intelligent and affectionate small dogs with long double-coats that make them very prone to skin problems.

Allergies are one of the most common problems for the Lhasa Apso. While the environment or even fleas can cause allergies, it could also be caused by food, resulting in severe intestinal and stomach problems. The most obvious signs of food allergies are diarrhea and vomiting.

As always, prevention is better than treatment, so feed your Lhasa as if she has an allergy, even if none has surfaced so far. That means eliminating some of the common allergens from her food, such as wheat and corn. Be especially mindful about “splitting,” which is done most often with corn products. What that means if that “fragments” from one ingredient on the dog food label can be a way to hide a large amount of a low-value ingredient, since those “fragments” will appear far down on the ingredient list. But all them add up and it results in a whopping amount of one ingredient; corn seems to be the most prevalent when it comes to “splitting.”

First, though, you need to try to determine the offending item. Keep your Lhasa on a very plain diet, such as rice and boiled chicken, and then gradually introduce other foods into the diet until you identify the offending ingredient.

NOTE: Don’t keep her on the plain diet for any more than four weeks, because the diet isn’t balanced—and that can result in other health problems.

If you still can’t identify the offending food, you’ll need to take her to the vet who will run some blood tests.

The Lhasa is also prone to ear infections, eye problems and skin disorders. Remember, many of these can be the outcome of a food allergy, especially ear problems.

Discuss this with your veterinarian who might suggest specific nutritional or supplement therapies, especially fish oils or Omega 3 fatty acids.

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