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- THE PUPPY AGE
- THE EARLY YEARS
- SENIOR LHASA APSO
- MY CONCLUSIONS
The best food and diet for your Lhasa Apso is vital for their well being, from their early days as a new puppy, right the way up to an advanced age you need to pay attention to what food they eat.
The Puppy Age
From weaning to solid foods
Just as newborn babies are fed mothers milk you should leave your puppy suckling with their mother until they are properly weaned. This period is usually from four to six weeks. There is no alternative better than natures milk provided by the mother Lhasa Apso. By four to six weeks your puppies should be fully weaned and have their baby teeth by now, at this stage you can introduce them to start eating puppy food soaked in milk, remember they need plenty of nutrients at this early stage in life, so be sure the dry meal has good quantities of calcium, protein, fat, and carbohydrates in the ingredients formula. This you can find in the composition details on the packaging. Protein can either be in vegetable or meat form depending on your choice, the later will be easier for your puppy to digest. Fat can come from such meat as chicken, a good provider of essential fats that your puppies need at this stage. I am 66 years old and have taken Omega 3 capsules for many years, did you know that our pets can also take Omega 3 supplements? Amazon has them available for our Lhasa’s here. My skin and hair have both benefitted and I also take DHA capsules which help in the function of my brain and eyes. These are excellent supplements you could offer to your puppy as well.
The Early Years
Now that your Lhasa Apso has a couple of years under his collar he is going to need a diet that meets his energy output, and believe me, Lucky was so energetic for such a small dog in his early years. Burning energy all day in the garden. Giving your Lhasa Apso the best chance for a healthy life is in your hands. Because they are very energetic they need lots of the best protein available, the best protein that you can give them comes from animal protein. This helps in their growth and well being, building healthy bones and strong muscles. If you plan to cook food at home and not feed the dry biscuits then be sure to add good quantities of lean meat into their diet, the main source is animal protein, protein is also available in vegetable form in grains, but this is harder for them to digest, a little grain mixed with the lean meat will be fine.
Fat also plays an important part in your dog’s health, yes I know we owners try and keep a nice slim figure and keep off the fat, but your dog needs this in his diet as well, as fat is absorbed into your dog’s system it helps to maintain a healthy beautiful shiny coat, other health benefits of fat are their liver and hearts are kept in good condition. Sources of good fat can be obtained in fish meat and fish oil supplements that contain Omega 3 fatty acids and DHA, I personally take these supplements in my own diet with amazing results. You could add maybe this twice a week into their diet. I also give Lucky some fat from the edge of my sliced ham as I can not stand it !! I have read that it ok for dogs.
Storing their food
Keeping all their food in an airtight container will stop odors in your home, and will keep your Lhasa’s food fresh. I keep Lucky’s food in one similar to this one, check out the price on Amazon today.
Having a nice feeding station just for your pet Lhasa is cool, your dog will always find their food and drink in the same place, a food station like this one I found on Amazon might be ideal for you.
Another important element in your young dog’s diet is carbohydrates, because of the high activity of your Lhasa Apso running and playing all day at this young age they are going to need to build their stamina and muscles, and just like top sportspeople your pet is going to need lots of carbohydrate in their diet, combined with the protein and fat to maintain its overall top form just like an athlete. These carbohydrates can be found in various foods such as fiber starch and sugar, which are broken down inside the stomach.
My beliefs for my aging dog
I have always left Lucky’s food and water bowl on the kitchen floor, leaving him to decide when he needs to eat, this I have done since the day I found him wandering lost in my garden, but I will tell that story in another post. I know there are varying ideas against this but this is what I found fitted ours and his lifestyle. There are many top brands out there creating food for so many breeds, ages and conditions, I have always stayed with the same brand throughout his life, he does extremely well on food similar to this. I have been changing the formula as he ages, the doctors and nutritionists employed by these huge brands know more than myself. I rely totally on their experience and knowledge to provide exactly what my aging Lhasa Apso needs.
Senior Lhasa Apos
My Lhasa Apso Lucky is reaching seventeen years old, you can class your Lhasa Apso as senior if they reach 75/80 % of life expectancy, for this we are looking at between 15 to 20 years old for an old Lhasa Apso, of course most small breeds will live much longer than larger breeds of dogs which make them ideal for young children, as they grow up with their pet there is a real bond created between both, in my case my daughter has grown and left home now, Lucky is much less active as he ages of course, therefore I still pay attention to Lucky’s diet plan, although much of his day is spent sleeping on the couch his needs have changed with his old age, needing less energy in his food I now purchase a senior dog food that is specifically designed for his age, +12 years, I’m hoping he will continue to bring me joy for more years to come, he’s still my ”little fella”
Ok as you can see when they are so young you just want to eat them they are so lovely, and the Lhasa Apso certainly knows how to melt your heart with those gorgeous eyes. I know you can’t resist and nor can I, sometimes Lucky gets the best out of me and I crack, yes even myself an 85-kilo man can break, but I prefer to give him reliable bio treats from reputable manufactures. At the end of the day, it’s entirely you and me that decides if our Lhasa Apso lives a long healthy life, they are and do reward us with so much loyalty and love in return.
Please do not let those heartbreaking eyes get the better of you, because if your pet becomes overweight you are condemning them to an early death. I personally know someone I use to work for, who gave in all the time to her little Romeo, so much so he became so obese he did die at a very young age, that was so sad. Apart from an early death, if you let your pet become overweight then you are inflicting pain to their tiny legs, trying to carry an extra two kilos for a Lhasa Apso is terrible, their little hearts will have to work overtime, they will suffer joint pains and could even get arthritis. So there you have my beliefs and my way that I have taken care of feeding my Lhasa over seventeen years, he is living proof that good food is essential to their healthy life.