Happy Shih Tzu Grooming Routines

Good Grooming for Shih TzuMost Shih Tzu’s handle their own grooming needs.  But, you can offer a helping hand as necessary.  If you do this, you will have many benefits to it.

For example, it helps the two of you to bond.  And, it allows for you to catch diseases or other health problems that can affect your pet. 

Can’t get your Shih Tzu to sit still long enough?  Then, do a small portion of her each day.  Eventually she will enjoy it and allow you to do it easily.

Shih Tzus use licking, shaking and scratching to stay clean.  If you brush them, you can help the fur to stay clean and unmated. 

Some Shih Tzus that have longer hair will require this attention daily.  Others who have shorter hair can be brushed just once a week.  Most Shih Tzus will enjoy the brushing.  Others will not right off the bat.  In order to help this process, use the brush in a small amount while talking soothingly to her.  Afterwards, give her a treat for being good.  Add a little more time on each time. 

Dark specs on the skin can be fleas.  In order to check for these types of problems, run your hands down her coat as you brush her.  If you see quite a bit of black flecks, which are flea dropping, then you need to seek help for your animal right away. 

You may also notice rice like debris near her tail.  These are a sign that your Shih Tzu has worms.  Again, you need to take your pet to the vet in this case as they will need treatment.

Just like you, your Shih Tzu needs her teeth brushed daily.  You can do this using a child sized toothbrush or just a finger toothbrush that is designed for your pet. 

The paste that you use should be one designed for dogs only.  Your toothpaste can seriously make your Shih Tzu ill.  To help keep Shih Tzu’s teeth in tip top shape, give them rawhide chews to gnaw on.  This helps keep teeth as well as gums healthy.

You’ll need to do other types of grooming as well, but not as frequently. 

You should check ears and nails weekly or monthly. Look into your dog’s ears.  If you see small, black/brown specks, this can be ear mites. 

For nails, walks that are given on sidewalks as well as in the driveway can help to wear them down. 

Make sure, though, that the nails are not too long.  You can learn from your vet the proper way to trim them to help your Shih Tzu to stay healthy and to walk correctly.  You should not trim them without getting some training though.

 

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