Andy Stratford, Connecticut 2/17/2014 1:07:22 PM My Male Shih Tzu bacame very ill one week after his Sister passed away. He turned 13 years old in April 2013, he wound up with sludge build-up in his Gall Bladder. My Vet and the Vets at the Animal Hospital did not give him much of a chance for survial, they even suggested removal of the Gall Bladder which at that age I was against. With the Meds he survived, the Vets said his diet would have to change. My Norton did not like the food recommended so I started cooking for him. I am sorry I never did this earlier, maybe my Female would be still with me. If your dog is your true friend like mine then take the time and cook for your pet. It will do wonders for your animal as well as it will make you feel good, they are totally depend on you.