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Shih Tzu's are small dogs who are very popular with small dog breed owners. These dogs are playful and very affectionate, making them great for families or single people. These dogs love attention. With their hair constantly growing, they will need frequent grooming and haircuts to keep their hair from matting.
Common Health Issues In Shih Tzu
Most Shih Tzu are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Shih Tzu are:
- Patella Luxation: Many small breed dogs have luxating patellas. This occurs when their knee caps pop in and out of place. It can cause your dog to need surgery to help keep their knee caps in place and prevent arthritis.
- Broken Legs: They are small in size, and you will need to keep an eye on them to help keep them out of danger. These dogs can easily break a leg or injure themselves running and playing.
- Ear Infections: Shih Tzus are known for having ear infections. Their floppy ears will trap moisture causing your dog to develop an infection easily. This can require frequent vet visits and treatment to help keep their ears free of infection.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Shih Tzu healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Shih Tzu, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Shih Tzu
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Shih Tzu, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Shih Tzus are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Shih Tzu.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Shih Tzus!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM