How Important it is to Choose a Vet for Your Shih Tzu

Fortunately, the Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, which has no major health problems. Hence, your dependency upon the vet would be limited as compared to other breeds. Nonetheless, you still need to choose a good vet since Shih Tzu’s do need regular check-ups to be sure that they stay healthy.

Good Shih Tzu Care is nothing but Good Grooming

While other dogs need a lot of care, the Shih Tzu will need a lot of grooming. Most of the health problems for this breed come from bad grooming practices or no grooming practices at all. Unless the coat is combed every day and cleaned at regular intervals, the Shih Tzu will be prone to terrible skin diseases, parasites infections, and from it, other health problems will arise.

The right Shih Tzu care is not very difficult with this breed, as any good veterinarian doctor would explain to you and help you in maintaining a regular grooming and vaccination schedule. You will know that you are safe if the vet gives you a patient hearing and takes the trouble of allaying all your fears and doubts about the dog. It is important, rather very important, that you and the veterinarian doctor you choose are able to communicate with each other very comfortably.

Some points that will indicate how to choose the right vet for good Shih Tzu care are listed below:

1. Availability – your vet, just as your family doctor should be available 24×7. You will need to have his or her cell phone or beeper number or the way to contact an emergency answering service.

2. Access – the vet should be able to come to you or you should be able to take your dog to him/her in a limited amount of time. Hence, the doctor should be located somewhere within a maximum radius of 10 to15 miles.

3. Love for animals – the vet you choose should have a genuine love for animals if not specifically for the Shih Tzu. The care and concern for the animals should be obvious.

4. You will learn from the vet what is the right way to feed the Shih Tzu and what are the best things to offer it as its diet.

5. The vet should be able to train you in attending to the dog, as no care regimen can be complete without knowing how to behave and what to do in case emergency care is required for your Shih Tzu.

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