Shih Tzus are among the healthiest and sturdiest dogs available to most families. Despite their diminutive size and limited exercise requirements, this breed can walk and play for hours if they are so inclined. Despite this, you will still need to keep an eye on your Shih Tzu’s health.
Any dog should have a complete nose-to-tail check-up at the vet at least once a year. However, there are also a number of health conditions that impact specifically upon the Shih Tzu breed. Take the time to learn about them, and see a vet if you have any suspicion that your pet is sick.
The most prominent health concerns that impact Shih Tzus are as follows.
Call you vet if you have any reason to believe that your dog is suffering with any of these ailments. They can all be treated if captured early enough!
When the time comes to get your Shih Tzu to the vet, you will need to bear a number of things in mind to keep them happy and content. Visiting the doggy doctor can be a very frightening experience for any pooch. Remember this, and be patient with your pet!
Getting your Shih Tzu into the car is easy – it’s what you do once you’re there that the trouble starts. You have two real options when it comes to transporting a Shih Tzu in a vehicle.
You know your dog better than anybody, so you’ll know what is best for them when transporting them to the vet. Do whatever it takes to keep them comfortable and happy ahead of their appointment, so they’ll be comparatively calm when they get there.
This can be a slightly tricky balancing act. You probably shouldn’t take your Shih Tzu with you to check in and sit around the waiting room. Doing so will allow all the other dogs in the waiting room to wind up your pet, sharing their own fears and anxieties. Remember, dogs don’t quite know what is happening behind that scary door. They just smell fear pheromones, and hear their fellow canines whining and crying!
On the other hand, Shih Tzus hate being alone. If you leave your dog in the car while you run to reception and check them in for their appointment, you’ll terrify the poor thing. A good compromise may be to make your appointment for first-thing in the morning, or last-thing in the afternoon. This will minimise the chances of your dog sharing the waiting room with too many other nervous pets.
Your Shih Tzu may be a little shaken up after their trip to the vet, depending on what happened. As a result, you will need to be very patient and understanding with them.
This doesn’t mean that you should relax too many rules of the house, though. If you have a strict ‘no dogs on the bed’ policy, don’t change your mind. Your pet will not understand that this is a one-off, and it will cause confusion. However, consider making your dog their favourite dinner, offer plenty of cuddles, and have an extended playtime. They deserve it!
The Shih Tzu is a healthy and robust little dog breed, and one that will help you create countless happy memories together. Just keep an eye on their health, and take action when you need to!