I wanted to add another Shih Tzu to my home and a companion to my male last year. My husband found a ad and sight unseen we went to have a look.
She was the same age as my male but was very skinny, left outdoors all the time and in a state of neglect. Not at all what I was looking for but my heart broke seeing her in that household. So last Christmas I adopted her and brought her home.
First a vet visit for a check up and arrange spaying. She was underweight, ear infection, one ear canal impacted with dirt and hair in patches looked like it was dryer lint.
With the paper wok that came with her we searched it back in her short year of life that she was bred in a puppy mill (which still happens to be running). Sold to a puppy store, bought and passed onto another woman who didn't want her then onto the last woman were we found her.
She was on the cheapest dog food and chews that are commonly bought in discount stores.
I put her on home cooking, groomed her with the very best shampoo and conditioners.
After three months she shed out her old trash hair, new growth was silky and shines.
She gained weight and my little junk yard dog has now blossomed into a beautiful healthy baby.
There is no substitution for quality food. Cheap dog food needs to stay where you found it...On the shelf! Don't buy cheap food.
When I can figure out how to post pictures I will show you my sweet little girl.