General Health Information
The Shih Tzu suffers from most of the health problems common to tiny dogs and has a few particular health problems. Like most small dogs, their kneecaps are often not very stable, and can get knocked out of position easily -- the common condition known as "luxating patellas." Their eyes protrude and can be easily scratched or injured, and their breathing can be full of snuffles and wheezes that sometimes turn into major respiratory problems. Some of the health issues common to Shih Tzu are listed below.
The Shih Tzu is an overall fairly healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 11 - 16 years.
Common health conditions in Shih Tzus include allergies, cancer, stenotic nares, corneal ulcers, Renal dysplasia, entropian, degenerative disc disease, cherry eye. portosystemic shunt, patellar luxation, intervertebral disc disease, cataracts, distichiasis, Epiphora, ear infections, glaucoma, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, pigmentary keratitis, urinary stones and tracheal collapse.Shih Tzus have a small mouth, which means their teeth are frequently misaligned or missing. They can also retain their baby teeth which often will require removal. This is not a comprehensive list; please familiarize yourself with potential Shih Tzu health concerns prior to purchase. There are no such thing as perfect dogs, just like humans our pets can contract illnesses at any point in their lifetime. We offer 30 days free pet insurance through Trupanion. We highly encourage pet insurance to help protect yourself from the expensive vet bills associated with these conditions, you'll want to purchase prior to any symptoms manifesting.