4 Common Health Issues of Shih Tzu’s

Shih Tzu’s are one of the most popular breed of dogs. They originated in Asia, during Tang and Ming Dynasties, this are highly regarded because of their lion-like appearance. They also act as symbol of deities; Shih Tzu is highly regarded by Chinese, they even refuse to trade them just to secure and hold their right.

The life of this dog can last for 10-18 years. However, their variety can differ based on the condition of their activities, health and way of being taken care of. If you’re interested in Shih Tzu, you can choose from various colors like brindle, silver, red, gold, blue, and black. The said colors can also be combined; they also come in double coat, but despite of it, they only shed a little. Actually, these dogs are recommended for people who have allergies like skin asthma and more.

Before purchasing, it’s essential for you to understand their common illnesses. This will prepare you for future dilemma and to come up with good purchasing decision. Below are some of the common health issues of Shih Tzu’s:

1. Stenotic Nares: This type of health condition is common in dogs that are considered to be “brachycephalic”. The other term used for this is snub nose dogs. They have narrow nostrils and a short, wide head. The condition causes resistance to mouth airflow, larynx and nose. This can result to enlargement of the heart and respiratory difficulty.

Stenotic Nares

2.Luxuting Patella: small breed dogs like Shih Tzu’s are risk to acquire serious health problems. This type of health condition occurs when their kneecap that is typically places at the middle of their knee point happens to slide out of the grove. Even if luxating patella is considered to be a “congenital disease”, this can also be acquired because of trauma. Some of the signs include walking using three legs, lameness of affected rear, extending backward and holding affected leg up.

Luxuting Patella

3.Cleft Palate: This type of health condition is a division or opening at the middle of their roof mouth or also known as palate. Base on research, this is considered to be a “genetic disease” or because of the embryo development. Shih Tzu that suffers from cleft palate cannot be cured; because of this, they are at high risk of getting pneumonia or sinusitis. Puppies that are cleft typically fed using tube or bottle since they can only mouth nipple. To treat the problem, they need to undergo serious surgical procedure.

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4.Umbilical Hernia: This is typically being characterized by navel protrusion. Even if small hernias are not usually the problem, but the larger one needs to be repaired by surgical correction. This is to prevent high risk of “intestinal loop strangulation”. Such problem can be inherited, but there are times that this occurs once the umbilical rings fail to fully close after their mating. The intestinal strangulation exists once dogs are encountering depressed, vomiting, anorexic because of warm touch larger hernia-sac and abdominal discomfort.

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16 Responses

  1. Lizzie Gutierrez says:

    I would like to get information about the health problems of the shih tzus. I have two, and one us always having stomach problems because he likes to chew everything he finds.
    You are mentioning 4 health problems, but only one is published.
    Where can I get the other three problems?

  2. Debbie says:

    I love all breeds of dogs but Shih Tzu’s are the cutest dogs ever!! 🙂

  3. EDITH BROOKS says:

    We have a five year old maltese shihtzu that hates travelling in the car. These days he will start shacking and panting prior to even getting in the car. Once in the car and attached to his harness this shacking and panting and dribbling still continues. We have not had Charlie since birth and this condition is getting worse. Hope someone can help.

  4. Debra Mills says:

    Ours behave the same way…..we got anti anxiety medicine…….works great! Helps me and them feel so much better. Our Ver highly recommends this! We use it every weekend for car travel and for fireworks!!!

  5. David Carl says:

    Click on the numbers under the picture on left by pages

  6. Narda gross says:

    I would also like to know other sheI zue problems as I have one with elergies problems

  7. JEANNE BROWN says:

    Had mine for 17 yrs. Love these little dogs.

  8. JEANNE BROWN says:

    This is my favorite small dog. Had my little Gidget for 17 yrs and want to get another one as soon as I move to where I can have a dog.

  9. Traci says:

    Go back up alittle and u will see pages click on 2 then 3 then 4 …it took me awhile to find it also, hope this helps .

  10. Bella Croan says:

    I have 3 and allergies are one of the reasons, we keep baby Benedryl at all times, a suggestion from our vet. if it gets really bad and the benedryl doesn’t work, it is out to the vets for a shot….this and ‘snoring’ is one of my 3’s.

  11. linda says:

    My dog is 1 year old now he eats anything he can find especially tissues or paper here’s as good as electric shredder need to keep a careful watch of him out walking everything goes in his mouth one day my husband brought him back from a walk a white piece of paper in his mouth but when I opened the paper there was a peach stone inside would have choked him I have difficulty keeping his coat matt free so now for his own good he’s clipped short I have a paralysed hand so it makes it difficult to tease out the mats he now wears his coat for walks think he will need a operation as only one testicle he humps a lot especially my cushions maybe when he’s neutered it might stop

  12. Marti says:

    Lizzie.. scroll down under picture of pup.. you will see a “Next” flag.. click and you will see the other health problems.. the “next” is under each picture

  13. BLAKE FITZGERALD says:

    Many Shih Tzu puppies have delayed closures. This is not an umbilical hernia! Vets that are not very familiar with the breed will confuse the two. An umbilical hernia requires surgery while a delayed closure can be pushed back in. If you push it in a few times a day, you will notice that it gets more and more difficult. Eventually, it will stay inside as the opening closes.

  14. Cher says:

    Mine had continuous ear stinky infections he was rescued.hillbilly left tied to a car send cinder lock in the winter…then he got cancer of the throat….we put him down and it killed us. He was so cute….

  15. Elaine McPherson says:

    I have my seven year old baby girl and her name is Princess. I have never had a problem with her eating or drinking
    anything. I always buy her high quality food and make sure she can eat when she wants. She is very healthy and loves everyone. She is very high strung but is willing to calm down sometimes. I used to have a second female Shih Tzu . She was a beautiful black with white collar style, who developed a tumor on her shoulder. She made it to 17 years. We were so devastated when we came home from a visit to friends and found her gone to heaven.
    Needless to say,we never want another dog. Our Princess is all we need now. She keeps us very busy and we love her so very much.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Can’t believe you didn’t mention all the problems with their eyes? KCS, glaucoma, eyelashes growing inward. I love my Shih Tzu’s but am one the 3rd one out of 4 with eye issues.

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