Is your Shih Tzu truly healthy? Perhaps you think that your dog is completely healthy and happy because he gets regular walks and a food that is said to meet all of his needs?
You might be surprised at what is happening inside the body of your Shih Tzu, he may not be as healthy as you think. Read on to learn what could be going wrong with your own dog’s health, why and what you can do about it.
Shih Tzu Health – Vitamin Deficiency
Even when the dog food packaging states that your dog’s dinner is filled with every vitamin and mineral that your friend needs in order to thrive, you cannot be sure that your Shih Tzu is getting the right vitamins for good health.
This is because the vitamins in pet foods can often be a lower quality than those in the original food that they came from. In some cases pet food vitamins are pretty useless and do the dog no good at all.
To ensure that your Shih Tzu is getting a suitable amount of good quality vitamins, at least enough to meet his basic requirements, you can do two things:
- Check the food that he eats by looking at the small writing on the back of the packet to check the true nutritional value.
- Add a carefully blended canine multivitamin to his daily dinner.
A vitamin deficiency can affect Shih Tzu health quite seriously. Each vitamin has its own job in the body of your dog. Overall the right amount of vitamins, of the right type allow the dog’s cells to stay healthy, renew and keep your Shih Tzu in top health.
Shih Tzu Health – Thyroid Dysfunction
The thyroid has a very important job to do within the body of your Shih Tzu. The Thyroid is a gland that maintains the metabolism and any changes in the function of this important gland will cause problems within the body.
There are two types of thyroid dysfunction:
- This is where the body is deficient in thyroid hormone and everything slows down. The dog can put on weight, be sluggish and tired or even aggressive.
- This condition is a result of too much thyroid hormone production within the body. When this happens the metabolism speeds up which can lead to jumpiness, weight loss, anxiety and hyperactivity.
Thyroid dysfunction in dogs is becoming more common. If your dog is unwell or having unspecified behavior changes then it could be a good idea to get his blood tested for thyroid problems.
Shih Tzu Health – Lungworm
An increasingly common finding in dogs is that of lungworm infection. The lungworm is a nasty parasite that left untreated will eventually be fatal. The worst thing about lungworm infection is that the symptoms do not begin until the worms have a good hold of the lung area.
Transmitted by eating slugs or the feces of an infected animal the worm larvae quickly migrates to the lung area when it’s in the Shih Tzu body. They breed and soon affect lung function causing a nasty cough. If you suspect your Shih Tzu may have lungworm then it’s important to get veterinary treatment to rid the body of the parasites and their eggs.
In fact if you are worried about the health of your Shih Tzu then it’s a good idea to take a trip to the veterinarian for a check over. You can also take a look at our Shih Tzu natural health course, I’m certain you will be delighted by the vast range of information it can provide.