Archive for June, 2011

What type of brush and comb should i use on a 4 month old Shih Tzu puppy’s fur?

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

I have a 4 month old Shih Tzu puppy who needs to be brushed about twice a day. I was informed the other day that i was not using that right brush and comb on her. What type of brush and comb should i use on her fur?

Your puppy doesn’t need to be brushed twice a day. I’ve had dozens of long-haired show dogs and, except when blowing puppy coat, they get brushed once, perhaps twice, a week.

You need a good quality pin brush to line-brush the whole dog. If you don’t know the technique, get someone to show you how its done. If you line-brush the dog, you’re getting right down to the skin and not making the mistake a lot of people make, which is leaving the mats next to the skin.

You also need a small slicker brush which is used ONLY to tease out mats. You have to be careful with this brush because it can scrape the dog’s skin, be gentle.

A wide-toothed comb is optional and only used to "finish" the dog by using the comb to check for any mats you might have missed.

Male Shih-tzu Puppy Names?

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Im thinking of adopting a shih-tzu puppy. Its black and white male and will be about 10-12 lbs when its full grown. I want cute names that would go cute with the name ginger (NOT FRED!!!!) but nothing to goofy! :)
all answers are appreciated :)
Thank You!!! :)

Haha I had a girl shih-tzu when I was little; and her name was mocha. :) For a male, I always wanted to name mine Zeebo. I dont really know why; but i think it sounds ridiculously cute; and its pretty unique. And Romeo is pretty cute too(: It depends on your personal taste

Shih Tzu Health Issues - Urinary Tract Infections

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

If you are having a hard time house training your Shih Tzu puppy and she frequently urinates in the house, the problem may not be with your puppy’s ability to learn, but rather an underlying condition called urinary tract infection. The condition is more frequent in female dogs, but the occurrence in male dogs is on the rise.

Signs of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

The signs are not identical in all dogs, but if the majority of the following are present your dog may be suffering from UTI. 

  • Foul smelling urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy or dark urine
  • Increased urination
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Low energy levels
  • Tender lower abdomen
  • Licking of the genitals

How does it occur?

There is a large amount of bacteria outside of the urinary opening. When the bacteria enter the urethra they multiply in the urine and eventually end up in the kidneys

 The dangers of urinary tract infections.

Frequent infections can cause scarring to the bladder and in more severe cases kidney failure. For this reason it is advisable to take your dog to the vet if you suspect UTI and especially if the condition is chronic.

 How to prevent Urinary Tract Infection

  • Make sure your dog have access to fresh water. The more often your dog drinks, the more often she will urinate. Urinary tract infection is more common in dogs that do not urinate enough, as it gives more time for the bacteria to multiply while sitting in the bladder.
  • Certain medication and diseases increase your dog’s risk to develop UTI. These include antibiotics, glucocorticoids; corticosteroids, urogenital diseases (such as epididymitis, or inflammation of testicles), diabetes and tumors. By eliminating the medicine or by treating the disease you can prevent urinary tract infection to recur in the future. 
  • Do not throw water or milk on your dog’s food and leave it outside for a long time. This will create an environment where the E Coli virus can multiply and you will increase your dog’s chances to contract UTI.
  • Always buy top quality commercial dog foods. Some experts are of the opinion that dog food is one of the major contributing factors to UTI due to bacteria in the foods.

Treatment for Urinary Tract Infection

  •  It is best to take your dog to the vet for a proper examination. In most cases the vet will prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition.
  • Change the dog’s diet. Homemade dog food is the first choice. If you cannot prepare homemade dog food canned food is the next best choice. UTI occur more often in alkaline urine than in acidic urine. You need to feed your dog foods that encourage acidic urine and this includes animal based protein sources. Stay away, as far as possible, from vegetarian type diets as they lead to alkaline urine.
  •  A pill or tablet containing cranberry extract is also a very cost effective way to treat or prevent UTI.
  • Give your dog 1000mg of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) twice daily.

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My Shih Tzu dogs are driving me insane!! Help?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Here’s some backround on my situation, this is the first time i’ve had TWO dogs at the same time, and the first time i’ve had Shih Tzu’s. They are great dogs, don’t get me wrong, I think they are more loyal than girl dogs, but they are more stubborn then the Beagle dog that I had. I take them out to go potty in the spot we want them to go in, but theres absolutely nothing I can do to get them to pay attention and go. Buster, one of the dogs, just goes pee and listens most of the time, but Cooper, he holds his pee for like 5 hours! He doesn’t have a bladder infection or anything, and we take them out to go potty often enough! They are almost 8 months old, and I’m so lost. I’ve had dogs before, but i’m at my breaking point with them. I don’t know what to do anymore. And my Mom still thinks that there should be Puppy Pads in the little waiting area for them before they go out the dog door. (The waiting area is not in the house, the garage.) They are 8months old for crying out loud!
Oh my gosh. Anyway, any tips would be greatly appriciated.
Thanks. :/

The puppy pads, if you’re still using them, is what is confusing him, he still thinks the indoors is where he goes and the outside isn’t. I suggest you remove the pads, take him out alone on a leash walk him around and say go potty go potty and wait for him to pee, even if he doesn’t reward him with a treat for going outside. Bring back inside if he doesn’t go and take outside in 10-15 minutes, meanwhile keep him confined so he doesn’t find a hiding spot to potty. If he does go outside, praise him and give him a treat say good potty and bring back inside.

If you take two dogs out off leash they will spend their time playing or wandering around and not really know why they are outside defeating the purpose, this is why going out on a leash individually so you can make them focus on why they are outside is important.

Focus on the one that is giving you the most problem (Buster) and work on getting him outside every two hours to potty, if you are patient, do not punish or yell when he has an accident inside, and you get him outside alone on leash regularly to potty he will eventually be successful.

About Shih Tzu Health Problems

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

A dislocated kneecap, or patellar luxation, may be present at birth but not show up until the dog is older. This health problem will most likely present itself through the Shih Tzu limping or merely walking on three legs. Recommended treatment for this is surgery. If it is a mild case of patellar luxation or the dog is of a considerable age, then a pain drug such as Prednisone my be prescribed.

A repressed respiratory system is a result of the shortened face of a Shih Tzu. This is known as brachycephalic syndrome. Dogs with this health problem will suffer from some form of respiratory distress. Only extreme cases are treated with surgery.

Von Willibrand disease is a bleeding disorder found in small dogs. This results in a lack of proteins in the blood that are needed to clot properly. This can result in excessive bleeding in regards to surgery, traumatic events or injuries. Signs that a Shih Tzu has this disorder include: bleeding of the gum area, intestinal bleeding, nose bleeds and possible diarrhea.

Inadequate kidney function is a genetic condition that normally appears in a puppy at approximately 10-13 weeks old. The kidneys are too small to function properly resulting in infections or kidney stones. In extreme cases, it may result in convulsions, vomiting and overall weakened condition. A veterinarian should be contacted immediately.

Hypothyroidism is when the proper chemicals are not produced by the thyroid causing a metabolism imbalance. Occurring mostly in middle-aged dogs, symptoms include: lethargy, weight gain and muscle loss. This health problem can be controlled through drugs. The disease should be approached as soon as possible as leaving it untreated can result in heart problems.

These Shih Tzu health problems are very likely to appear at some point during your dog’s life. With proper preventative measures and regular veterinarian visits they can be caught quickly. This will allow for the treatments to be used at their utmost potential and give the Shih Tzu a longer, healthier life.

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Revel in Learning All about the Shih Tzu

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The dogs of the Shih Tzu breed are small sized, just from 8 inches up to 11 inches in height and weigh from 9 pounds up to 16 pounds. The Shih Tzu appear to be extremely beautiful dogs. The coat of this breeds’ dogs is double: on the inside they wear a soft and wooly fur protected on the outside by a long-haired, luxuriant coat. Because the lenght of the hair on their heads, that could cover their eyes, the owners must comb it into a top knot.

The Shih Tzu or the Small Lion (the Chinese meaning of its name), as it is popularly known, originates from Tibet. Because they were secretly breeded at a monastry in Tibet, there are no available information, at least in english, about this breed’s origins and ancestors or about its’ history in the tibetan mountains, the first known documents mentioning only they were the favorite pets of the Manchu Dynasty Emperors of China, where the breed flourished around the 19th century. They reached China as gifts from Tibetan monks to the emperors of that time. Due to the fact their were resembling to little lions because of their long-haired luxuriant brown coat, these dogs were named by chinese the Tibetan Shih Tzu, meaning in english the Tibetan Lions. At the end of the World War II, these dogs were brought to the United States by American soldiers, via the Great Britain, where the breed had been imported around 1930. Beeing so beautiful and having a friendly attitude, these dogs were instantly accepted by both En glish and American people.

What Do People Love about the Shih Tzu?

The Shih Tzu dogs are popular all over the world. They love to be with people and around people. When they were left alone for a too long time, they can become cranky or act distructively. They are dogs to go along with everybody, either people or animals, and their temperament is calm and sweet. However, adults need to supervise small children when playing with these dogs in order that neither of them to be harmed.

The Shih Tzu puppies and adult dogs need a lot of grooming since it has two coats of hair - one short undercoat and one sweepingly long. The hair has to be combed daily to keep it from tangling and matting. Though they need frequent baths, they must not be exposed to humid environment as they can fall easily sick. Their teeth need special attention since they have a tendency of falling when the dog crosses into middle age (9 years old and onwards).

They breathe with a wheezing sound and snor loudly because of theirs’ short and flat faces. Shih Tzu dogs tend to get obese so owners must not overfeed them. Owners should not spoil them because they won’t listen to him anymore.

The Shih Tzu breed is basically stubborn and hence they could be difficult to train. It is hard to train them at home. Patience and not harshness makes efficient training.

As indoor dogs, they don’t need more than an apartment to live. And there is no need of much exercise. But as many possible games, both into the house and outdoors. In order to understand this breed better, you will need to know as much about the Shih Tzu as possible. A good place to then start is with the history and origin of the Shih Tzu.

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The Shih Tzu breed originates in Tibet, but was first documented at the Imperial Court in China, in the 19th century, during the Manchu Dynasty. They are small dogs, up to 11 inches in height and 16 pounds in weight and have two coats, one long-haired luxuriant coat covering the soft and wooly fur. Shih Tzu are indoors dogs, they can be hold in apartments and need little outdoors exercise, but a lot of game playing.

The Shih Tzu: Common Health Issues

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Although disease affects all different breeds of dog, certain breeds are more prone to certain ailments than others, due to their particular anatomical structure, genetic make-up, or other factors. In this article, we will briefly describe some of the most common ailments that affect the Shih Tzu.

Eyes and Ears: Because of the anatomical structure of the Shih Tzu’s head, their eyes are especially vulnerable to being injured. This can be caused by collisions with foreign objects, encounters with other animals, rough play, etc. Eye injuries are probably the most avoidable of all ailments that affect the Shih Tzu and can be prevented to a large degree by providing a safe environment for the dog to play in, with special care taken to removal of potentially injurious objects. Shih Tzu should always be supervised when interacting with other animals and should discouraged from rough play. Another important preventive measure is to keep the eyes and eye area as clean as possible. Avoid allowing crustiness or dirt to accumulate. When grooming, it is recommended that the hair covering the eye area be left at a reasonable length as it protects the eyes from dirt and debris.

A genetically linked disease that often affects the Shih Tzu is Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA. PRA is basically the de generation of the retina and retinal tissue over time and can lead to blindness at an early age. If a dog is suspected of having PRA, veterinary care should be provided. As PRA is an inheritable disease, dogs that suffer from the affliction should not be bred.

Shih Tzu are also very susceptible to ear infections. Ear infections are generally not serious and can be treated easily by a veterinarian. Some preventive methods include keeping the inside of the ears immaculately clean and free of hair and other debris.

Bones, Joints, and Internal Organs: Another genetically linked disease that affects ShihTzu is Hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is a degenerative disease that affects the function of the ball-and-socket joint of the hip. This can be an extremely debilitating disease and cannot always be corrected by surgery. Dogs suffering from Hip Dysplasia should not be bred.

Renal Dysplasia is an inherited disease that affects normal kidney function which, in turn, affects the overall health of the dog. Although Renal Dysplasia is more prevalent in older dogs, it can also affect young puppies and in some cases, can be fatal. Dog with Renal Dysplasia should not be part of any breeding program.

Other Concerns: Just as in humans, some Shih Tzu suffer from abnormal thyroid function. This can be treated with medication prescribed by a veterinarian, although the dog may have need of the medication for the entirety of their lives.

Shih Tzu also seem to be prone to certain types of allergies including food allergies, flea allergies, and hypersensitivity to environmental substances. This can lead to any number of secondary ailments, such as irritated skin, hair loss, and overall poor health. Allergy testing can be performed by a veterinarian and can be treated with medication.

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