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.
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.
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.
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.