Caring For Your Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is basically a healthy breed subject to several health

 issues (discussed in 

more details on pages under the Health heading above), and to slipped stifles or kneecaps. His slightly protruding eyes are prone to injury, and his short muzzle often produces slight wheezing problems.

Otherwise, his greatest problems are connected to his profuse coat, or rather to neglect 
of that coat. A well-groomed Shih Tzu has few if any skin problems; a poorly-groomed 
Shih Tzu can develop tangles, painful mats, hot spots, skin infections, even maggot infestations.

If you do not have time to groom a Shih Tzu at least every other day, select another breed.

If you have time for grooming and appreciate a small, lively pet with an abundance of 
self-esteem, consider the Shih Tzu. You'll be glad you did.

In addition to grooming a Shih Tzu, they require their basic needs to be taken care of. 

These needs include but are not limited to:

Keeping Your Dog Healthy
   Regular visits to your veterinarian

Proper Nutrition-

   A healthy, balanced diet by providing plenty of fresh water and an appropriate amount 
   of quality food

Train Your Dog-

   A well-behaved and properly socialized dog is less likely to upset people and other pets 

Physical Maintenance-

   Routine regular exercise. Shih Tzu don't require a lot of exercise but they do love to run
   and play. 

Routine Dental Care-

   Many dogs become ill because their dental needs have been neglected.

Nurturing Your Dog-

   Dogs thrive on structure and discipline . Regular routines will help in their overall well          being.

Provide Proper Identification-

   Keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced-in yard when outdoors. Don't let your dog                  become one more homeless pet in an overcrowded shelter. He should wear a collar at 
   all times with current identification. 

   Consider micro chipping your dog for an added protection. Proper identification can help
   you reunite with your dog if he's been lost. 

Do not leave a barking dog outdoors. It's annoying. 

Pick up after your dog. No one wants to step in or smell that "gift" your dog left behind.
   Not to mention the bugs that those gift attract may be harmful to your pet.

For more information about caring for your Shih Tzu, see: