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He wakes us up at 5.30 each morning and is persistent until we getout of bed 
He wakes us up at 5.30 each morning and is persistent until we get out of bed - he doesn't need bathroom - once we are up he settles down and goes back …

Shih tzu nit carrying his tail 
Hi yesterday after dinner my 8 yr old shihtzu dropped his tail and went very quiet He slept well and has had a walk today ( tail half way up and trying …

can a shih tzu at 6 month old impregnant a 3 yr old shih tzu 
I turn my back for 5 min. and my female shih Tzu who is 3 yrs old was stuck with my 6 month old shih Tzu. my question is will she become pregnant? I don't …

Should I be concerned about his paw color change? 
my dogs white paws suddenly turn light tan and now seems to be going back to white

My shih is 4months! his head keep shaking, and he keep walking sideways  
His ears are clean, however, it's not shaking as much as it was earlier!

Do shih tzu's do well in the home with other dogs? 
We have an English bulldog puppy and we also would like a shih tzu but we want to make sure they will be compatible.

Just adopted a female two year old shihtzu and she is getting on my male four year old shihtzu's nerves! 
She is two years old and very loving! Was left for long hours by her previous owners! Hadn't been spayed yet! Just don't think my current dog likes her …

Is it normal for 6mo old to limp after a nap? 
My dog has been limping after he wakes up from his naps. Almost like his limbs fall asleep from sleeping wrong or cut off circulation. Could it be this. …

My 11 yr old shitzu is lethargic and won't eat or responds slowly 
She usually loves to go outside today she is not budging wont walk up steps even the cat is sticking by her all day she has been sleeping

can i give powdered milk to 2weeks old shih tzu? 
the mother of the puppies is pushing them away and doesnt want to give them milk, can i give them powdered milk? thanks

Can't seem to get rid of yeast problems  
I have yeast problems with my 8 year old shin Tzu, anyone else have this problem?

What is the best product to use for summer skin allergies, itching? 
I don't want to use Prednisone again since My dog had weird reactions to it. (seemed to be hallucinations) Have given Benadryl and try to keep him inside …

4 mos old male - potty training help please 
I need help with potty training. I have him outside a couple of hours a day. But he will not do his "business" until he comes inside. please help. thank …

why do they throw up a lot in the morning 
I have a shih tuz male and he has always some mornings around 4 or 5 throw up then he is find and wants to eat his breakfast, he plays poops ok and eats …

Feeding and drinking 
Hi I've brought a 8 week old shih tzu home today, he's wee'd twice on paper but won't touch water or food out of bowls even though lady I had her off said …

My 3 year old Shih Tzu hasn't had her period? 
My Shih Tzu was due to have her regular period 2 months a go but she still hasn't had it. She's never had any trouble with this before and has been perfectly …

Unusual behaviour - confused and anxious. What could be wrong? 
This morning's routine walk before work was not usual. My dog kept pulling away and wanted to go elsewhere. Finally I picked him up and carried him into …

how do I get my shih tzu to get our attention to potty outside  
I take her out at least once an hour. She never potty in house but today out of blue she did. Why won't she alert us? I mean she will scratch the door …

How common is it for Shih Tzu puppies to have reaction to internal sutures from a spay? 
My nine month old Shih Tzu was spayed the first of Jan. About a month later she got a ugly spot on her belly that looked like a blood blister. Took her …

Why is my almost housebroken 7 mo Shih Tzus starting to pee on everything a month ago 
i have 7 mo shih tzus who was almost house broken. about a month ago he just started peeing on anything in a corner. Like laundry bags, plants or trash …

Anxiety issue 
We used to have 5 dogs. 3 of which were Shihtzus. Over the years we have lost 4 of the 5 and have welcomed a new Bassett Hound into our home. Upon …

Why doesn't my 5yr old female Shih Tzu rescue dog eat? 
We adopted this 5yr old female dog from a rescue. she's sweet &adorable, except she is a very picky eater. After going thru a variety of dry & wet dog …

Evening behavior 
Our male shihtzu just turned 1 - he is very smart -rings a bell on the door to go out to do his business- in the morning he's so loving - he goes for walks …

Why do Shih Tzu's nip alot all of a sudden? 
I have a 3 year old female Shih Tzu and she is the most gentle loving cute little dog that is soo playful and needs alot of attention...which she gets...but …

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Why is my shih tzu walking crooked after a haircut? 
I took my 2 shih tzu to get groomed. When we pick them up they wher ok. On Sunday 1of them started acting strange but we thought it was because we had …

why is our 3 month old biting 
I have a 3 month old shih tzu when I am walking he start nipping at my feet and nip at my hands when trying to him correct him he keep trying to nip me …

3 year old dog coughing spells 
My dog has had this condition 3 times in the last 8 months. She coughs constantly, similar to kennel cough, but she goes nowhere to be able to catch this …

Why has my shih tzu begun raising his feet in snow as if pain? 
I have recently noticed my "Lucky" raising his feet in the snow as if he is in pain. What might be causing this as he never did it previously? Thank …

Dog personality different after grooming 
we just got our 2 yr old adopted male Shih Tzu groomed. Before grooming was very active interacted with our other dog. After grooming sleeping a lot …

Is my angry dog normal? 
Our male shih tzu gets very upset when anyone gets close to my wife or myself, even close family members. Is this normal?

why would my 7 month old shih tzu limp? 
i have a 7 month old female shih tzu. this morning she was limping. i dont know if she jumped off our bed which is kind of high or if she has a broken …

pooh 
We have Kayla for about a month now but she keeps eating her pooh what can we do to stop this

matting  
we have a 3 year old and we had him groomed and we were told he had a matting problem we have brushed him but it does not remove the matts any suggestions …

Why is my 3 year old shitzu constantly licking his lips and paws? 
Why is my 3 year old shitzu constantly licking his lips and paws?

How many hours should a puppy nap 
My puppy will take 4 hour naps at a time is this normal?

My Ziggy has a cold and suddenly stopped eating - please help! 
My 9 week old Shih Tzu- Ziggy has a cold since two days and has not been eating food proper. His food is cerelac , lactol and royal canin dog food mixed. …

I am Margie and have enjoyed your list since you first started. 
I still have my 4 Shih Stz girls and I love getting on your Site; it is so interesting. As I mentioned, I have been on it for a long time. I first …

my 10 yr old male is recently having trouble walking 
His legs seem weak, especially the right one. he is eating and drinking fine. does he need to see the vet or can i give him over the counter meds? …

What kind of Shih Tzu mix do I have 
I recently got my little girl and I was told that she is a month old (her teeth are barely showing) but to me she looks like a Shih Tzu and chihuahua mix, …

my seven year old little girl has a rash on her whole body 
she is scratching and causing places on her to bleed. her name is jubili

What do you do when your dog has an episode of calapsed trechea?  
He makes this honking sound and looks like he is choking. Then he coughs it sometimes lasts 3-4 minutes!!! What do you do?? What if it totally closes?

What is the right food for my shih tzus? Please help... 
Our shih Tzu are the most wonderful little characters you could imagine and yet have all the little quinky dinks and traits expressed here in. We have …

I HAVE A 9 YEAR-OLD SHIH-TZU, H, WHAT IS A GOOD DOG FOOD FOR HIS AGE? 
WHAT IS A GOOD DOG FOOD FOR MY 9 YEAR-OLD SHIH-TZU, HE IS CONSTIPATED?

My Shih Tzu Gladys is Limping 
My Shih tzu Gladys has been limping when I take her out the last two days. She was fine before that. There seems to be a problem with her back right leg. …

can I introduce a puppy to my 4 year old female shitzu 
I have been asked to look after a friends male pup who is 7weeks old for 2weeks of every month and I already have a 4 year old shitzu female the puppy's …

My Shih Tzu has severe anxiety issues! I need help! 
My Shih Tzu, Gizmo, is 12.5 years old. His anxiety issues are becoming out of control. When we first got him, we had another dog, a shepherd/collie mix. …

Is my 14-Year Old Male too Old to Breed? 
I have a 14 year old male trying to breed with my 2 year old female shih tzu ,is the male too old? the female is definitely willing and my male sure has …

Protein in dog food? 
I have a 3 yr. old Shih Tzu and would like to know how much protein should be on the side of the bag of food. She is active and still very playful.

How is the Period- supposed to be-- 
my dog has a pee then, after the first pee she pees drops of blood, for about the last two weeks. do you think it may be diet related, I had changed her …

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I think my 2&a half year old shih tzu has lost interest in me 
First I started working a lot of hours then I lost my job and I moved with a boyfriend who did not allow my puppy to be up on the bed with me. Then …

What is the Survival Rate for a Shih Tzu Puppy with Parvovirus? 
I have a 6 month old shih tzu he is 12lbs and he started vomiting yesterday and not eating so we took him to the vet right away and he tested positive …

Why Won't My 8-Month Old Shih Tzu Bark? 
I just bought a Shih Tzu, but she won’t bark. Not even if she’s pinched. Could she be sick? Angel Answers: I don’t think you should worry. …

Will My New Puppy make Friends with My Older Shih Tzu?  
My male is 5 years old and the new puppy is a female. He seems like he is jealous and he has even growled at her. Will this change??? Will they become …

Needing Advice for My Shih tzu's Constipation and Narrow Intestines 
I recently adopted an 8 year old female shitzu and she is chronically constipated. Took her to vet, did Xrays, and Barrium. Vet said her intestines are …

he growls and snarls if we pet him while he has a treat..can we correct? 
My question: I just adopted a 7 yr old shi tzu and he growls and snarls if we try to pet him when he has a treat. Can this be corrected as my boyfriend …

How can I get my Shih Tzu to poop outside when its cold out. 
I will take Gizmo out and he will pee without a problem but has a problem pooping when its so cold out. I don't blame him but I am not sure what to do. …

AGE OF FULL GROWN SHIH TZU? 
how old is a fully grown shih tzu? When can a male be neutered ? How much does it usually cost? thank you.

our shih tzu scratches alot 
Our dog bailey is 4 yrs old she scratches and chews on herself all the time. We put her on a grain free diet a couple months ago, even her treats are grain …

His paws suddenly stained a brown color and he does not lick them 
In December of 2011 suddenly my 5 yr. old shih Tzu's hair on his paws turned brown. His groomer said it was because he licks his feet; others say the …

at what age could they take a shower 
So we got a 3 week old Shi Tzu and we need as much information as possible

My shin tzu has alays been aggressive and grumpy, he's getting worse with age and recently bit my dad, What should we do?  
He growls when anyone tries to touch him or pick him up. He has never liked getting picked up but recently we can't even pet him. He snarks furiously …

dog itches a lot  
Our 3 yr old itches a lot,been checked and treated for fleas. Is this a food issue? We now feed her honest kitchen brand ...any suggestions?

Tongue hangs out of her mouth 
I am getting a shih tzu from a breeder and will be bring her home when she is 9 weeks old. She is very tiny and the runt of the litter. The breeder estimates …

Aggressiveness, cowering, night/angry pooping, matted fur on his belly  
I just adopted a male shih tzu back in january. when we first got him he was very aggressive and did not like to be touched at all. the longer we have …

tear stain removal 
Question: My white female has red tear stains. How do I remove them? Our Answer: Tear stains on the face of your beautiful furbaby can be …

tear stains& paw licking 
my female shih tzu is getting tear stains. I switched her from royal canine have tried other foods but still staining. She had none with royal canine …

Flea Allergy? 
We have been fighting for years now with what we think is a flea allergy in our Shihtzu, but now are wondering if it might be a food allergy. We feed …

Fur changing color 
My Shih Tzu, Spike, is black and white with a little grey; now his paws have turned reddish brown is that normal? He is an older dog, but honestly the …

Are Shih-tzu's known to have seizures ? 
Hello my name is Melissa and I am Sassy's human. Sassy is 12 yrs old and I have had her since she was 2 months she has never had any health problems (except …

my moms adopted 2 year old shih tzu wont stop barking at night when sleeping in separate quarters. 
This adopted 2 year old shih tzu had the roam of the house, slept on the owners bed and was leashless to go potty. Now my elderly mom is getting fed …

my dog ate some raw cake batter is he going to be ok? 
my dog ate some raw cake batter is he going to be ok?

Why the change in behaviour? 
My female Shih Tzu Tallulah is nearly 11 months old, she has been such a well behaved pup and I've been very lucky. I have noticed in the last few weeks …

Male shih tzu 20 weeks old behaviour changing ... suggestions? 
My puppy is really good with most things: house trained at 13 weeks and good with other dogs and people. He enjoyed early puppy socialisation and training …

Should i be worried? 
I have a 5 year old shih tzu her name is betsy and she has always been very good with her peeing outside and with her peeing schedule. Recently she …

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Is my Shih Tzu fed up with his dog food? 
He has been eating the same dog food for about 4 months now. But these days, he doesn't seem to touch his food. I tried to feed him home cooked meals and …

Leaving adopted Shih Tzu home while at work 
Hi everyone. Two months ago, we had to have our beautiful 8 1/2yr old female Pekingese "Pepper" euthanized during surgery when doctors told us her intestine …

my 12 week old shih tzu hiccups everyday! Is this normal? 
My 12 week old shih tzu, vida, tends to hiccup at least once through out the day. She is blonde, with a dark teddy bear nose and eyes. I was curious …

how do i remove food staining from white fur 
i feed a high quality dry food especially for skin and coat since starting our dog on this food she has developed brown or dark tan staining on her feet,lower …

how do you stop mange on a shih tzu dog  
i have a nine year old shih tzu (REX)and he scratches all the time and he has no hair on his back and on his hind legs i was wondering what we can do to …

GUARDING GROWLING AND NIPPING 
My 14 week beautiful male shih tzu appears to love other dogs and lives with 2 cats which he seems to enjoy.I notice the last week or so occasional growling …

Why does our shihtzu get aggressive with my husband and i? 
I got our shihtzu from my mother a few years ago he has always been pleasant and sweet but now he is very aggressive torward me and my husband. For …

When will she start barking? 
Hi, I have 4 half mth old shih tzu. I've had her since 11 weeks what age do they start barking at the door and strangers etc? she only barks when she …

Why does My Shih Tzu Go to the Bathroom in her Crate/House 
I have a 10 month old shih tzu and we had her since she was 7 weeks old. We have tried everything up to asking the vet and no one seems to have the answer …

My 3 month old puppy has a cold 
He has white liquid coming out of his nose for 4 days already and he sneezes most of his time. At times, he looks like he's coughing. help! what should …

Acting strange after grooming tail 
My shih tzu had chewed at the base of his tail until he was miserable and it was terribly matted. I used professional clippers and scissors to get the …

Question about canned dog food? 
My Shih Tzu is a 3 year old healthy male, I've always fed him holistic dry dog food and now I am mixing with Blue Buffalo canned dog food. I was told that …

Help!! Should I get a shih tzu? 
I am on a fixed income and would like some idea of what it would cost to raise this doggie. For instance, food, shots, grooming (how often)shots and how …

17 months old. vomits 2-3 times this past week early morning. Other wise playful as usual 
Normally sleeps good at night. He still does but 3 times this week he vomited early, then went back to sleep. He seems fine during the day. So I don't …

How to gain my shih tzu's appetite? 
My shih tzu, named Cristabel suddenly lost her appetite. She is 8 months old, but her weight is only 4 kilos. She can only consume 1 cup a day and she …

Novice Shih Tzu owner question on top knot. 
I adopted my 3 year old Shih Tzu from the local animal Shelter earlier this year. I have named him Cloud and he is a wonderful, great hearted companion. …

Shih Tzu Alone by herself 
Can a Shih Tzu be left by herself for 8 hours when i have to work?

How long does a shih tzu live? 
I MEAN NORMALLY HOW LONG DOES THIS BREED OF DOG LIVE? 5 YEARS, 10?

Paw infection? 
My male Shih Tzu appears to have an infected rear paw. It is quite red and is draining watery fluid. Is there some way to treat this at home, or do I need …

Why is fur around my shih tzu paw area turning pinkish red? 
I recently tried trimming her nails and now her fur and around paws are turning a pinkish red color even around her mouth area.

What can I do about behavior issues since having my tzu groomed? 
I have been unable to brush my shih tzu due to some illness, so decided to take him to a professional groomer. I did notice that his tail was matted, but …

What Can I Call My Dogs Name (My Baby Girl)? 
I WENT TO GO AND SEE MY EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT SO I WOULD KNOW WHAT I WANT TO CALL HER. BUT THE PROBLEM IS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO CALL HER BUT SHE IS THE …

What is the average weight for a teddy bear shih tzu? 
I recently bought a teddy bear shih tzu. I was told she would be a small dog. What is the average weight. Also her fur is reddish brown and black. Will …

I just noticed that my 5 year old Shih Tzu is limping off and on. Shep seems to be limping from the back paw. She also is not limping all day it just comes and goes.  
My five year old Shih Tzu just started limping off and on. She is still running walking and playing, and is not limping all of the time. I just noticed …

Shih tzu sad 
My shih tzu is 10months. 4 days ago i had to get out of my house cause the owner was going to paint and do some stuff in my home. 3 days i had him …

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what kind of muzzle can I use on my Shih tzu,  
What kind of muzzle can I use on my Shih tzu, she bite my daughter. Bear is a 6 y/o rescue

Lost appetite 
Hi I spay my dog when she turned 5 months. After a month I noticed she lost her appetite. I brought her to the the vet, changed her food but didn't …

Why does my 7 week shih tzu sleep with mouth open. 
I'm worried, my pup Lexie is having a hard time breathing when she sleeps. Her stomach kinda of heaves when she breathes. I realize shihtzu's have smacked …

He quit jumping up literally overnight. Walks fine though? 
He is 8 years old and extremely active until this

Can I breed a Shih Tzu with a.... 
Hello, We just got a Shih Poo (Shih Tzu, Poodle) and we are wondering if it is okay to breed a Shih tzu with a Shih Poo? Or should I just find another …

Will my shin tzu's color change after his one year birthday? 
My Brodie started out as a Brindle... Almost Black and Tan with little white markings. Now just the tips of his ears snd tail are black. Mostly a gold …

Should I get a baby shihtzu  
Hello my name Mari Squire, I have a question whether or not to get a shihtzu . My heart says to get one. But I have health issue, but I had health issue …

8 yr old Shih Tzu has been acting paranoid. Obsessive scratching 
She acts like she is in pain. She wont lay down for a long period of time and when she does she jumps up out of the blue like something hurt her. She's …

13yrs old coughing - asthma? Allergies? More??  
My 13yr old male shihtzu's mother died of congestive heart failure at age 18. Monty has now developed a cough, like he's trying to clear a hairball. His …

Surgery or not 
I have an eleven yr old shih tzu who was a breeder rescue dog...I have had her for three years she is a great little dog..now. she has a mammory lump …

Tail biting 
My Shih Tzu seems to have a problem with his tail. He's never been aggressive but when you even look or try to touch his tail he tries to bite you. I …

Shaking 
The back of my Shih Tzu leg keeps shaking she is very weak does not want to get her cage and she will not and her eyes look like they got some type of …

Why he is smelling and then opening his mouth? 
My 5 year old male Shitzu smells spots where my female Shitzu has been sitting. Then his mouths move open and closed for a few seconds out of time. Why …

What could be wrong  
My baby started whining all at once,and each time you go to touch him,pick him up he stats growling and trying to bite,he acts like he's hurt somewhere …

I need help with potty training my Imperial Shih Tzu 
Hi, I am the proud Mommy of a ten month old Imperial Shih Tzu. I have had her since she was about 14 weeks old. She is mostly potty trained, but not 100%. …

Won't poop outside all of a sudden 
My 2 yr old shih tzu was recently on antibiotics for an infection and he started to hold his poop in now and has no interest in pooping. He used to poop …

Why does he shake? 
Before my dog goes outside to pee he is shaking. When he comes back inside he is fine? He is 5-6 years old. Weigh's 17.8 lbs.

snapped 
My 6yrs old shin tzu has snapped at my granddaughter for no reason. At first I thought she had done something to him since he has always be gentle, but …

Is drooling a problem? 
my little 5 year old male Shih Tzu has been drooling for about 2 weeks now. other than that he seems to be ok Also I've noticed he has been panting …

How to stop from crying at night? 
How can I stop my shih tzu from crying at night?

will my shitzu get home sick and die if i have to give her away? 
i love my dog soooooooooo much but my family has developed allergies so I'm gonna have to make a decision to give her away but I'm scared she might not …

why does he get the hiccups 
my 16 month old shis tuz gets the hiccups often. he eats well and is very active.

Panting at night and licking feet 
She is 13 she has a collapsing treac which we treat with hydrocodone and predisone lately she has been panting terrible at night and licking her feet. …

My sweet shih tzu has started to bite me. What can I do? 
My shih Tzu, Katie, is 13 years old. She and I have always been so loveable with each other. As of the past several months she has begun to bite me. …

Why does my shih tzu smell like urine after he's been outside?  
What is the best method for keeping the urine smell off of him? What can be done about the odor?

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My 4 year old shih tzu has started growling.  
I have a male shih tzu named max. He is 9 lbs and just turned 4 this past summer. He has been nothing but a joy in our lives and is the most well behaved …

How can I stop my 4 year old girl from biting whilst being showered? 
She is a lovely little girl but she has bad skin allergies which means she must be bathed twice a week. She is a NIGHTMARE! Constantly attacks and bites …

Anal Glands 
Every time we go to groomer she says his anal glands need expressed. he's 8mos old. Took him to vet and she did it and showed me, said I could do it. …

What is a good tasty food for skin irritation  
Odor hair loss stretching skin until raw

She does not to walk feel weak she just laying around 
She lays down only don't have enough money to pay for exam what can I do I love her so much

14 week old - why does he wait to pee inside? 
He is 14 wks old; male; no previous training. After being outside he waits to come inside to pee or poop. Why? He's the first of 8. We take him out …

Wat kind of milk can I give my 2 month old shh tzu 
What kind of milk can I give my two month old ship tzu

MY SWEETPEA MARIE IS 14 - is she in pain? 
She is deaf and blind and shakes alot, I was wondering if she is in pain

my shih tzu suddenly cannot use his hind legs. but he eats and drinks normally still 
suddenly my shih tzu is dragging hmself he cannot walk with his hind legs. he just seems too weak

Why hasn't my dog barked yet? 
I have a male 3-month-old Shih Tzu and Pekingese mix who has only barked once. I am scared that this is not normal for a puppy this old. I have looked …

Rapid breathing but no wheezing 
Our shih-tzu started breathing rapidly out of nowhere. He isn't panting, wheezing... Just breathing at a faster rate than normal. Anyone else experiencing …

What's going on with my Shih Tzu? 
My 5 year old Shih tzu has been drinking more water than usual. He also has a rash on his belly and back legs. Is this a reaction to his food or an indoor/outdoor …

8 yr old shitzu won't sleep 
She wakes at 3am, licks me, stands in my head and pants through night. Won't sleep anymore. We've had her checked my the vet and her health is fine …

smells in the home 
My 15 year old Shih Tzu has made my home smell like urine everywhere. She is not urinating in the home but it sure smells like it. The smell is overpowering …

Just a got a shih zu its been 5 hours & she hasn't peed or poo 
She ate she played & now sleep took her outside a. 2 times to pee she just sits there I'm worried I know she must have to pee right?

Prefers to be outside instead of in 
I recently adopted a 4 year old Shih Tzu from a friend. I was his father's who died 2 years ago. He was always taken out with a leash but now that he …

Excessive barking  
Our female Shih Tzu is 15 1/2 yrs old. She is blind and deaf but copes quite well with her disabilities. Over the last few weeks she is barking constantly …

what can cause my Shih Tzu to have a swollen upper lip? 
her upper lip is swollen n red. she no longer has it dark like the bottom lip. what can be the cause? should I take her to the vet? plz help. thank you …

I think my Shih Tzu is having allergy issues. How can I tell? 
My 5yr. old (approx) rescue Shih Tzu has a terrible odor that seems to be coming from his nose or eyes? He sneezes fairly frequently right now, but he …

can a 3 week old puppy get sick over choking on moms milk 
My little female puppy choked on her mothers milk at 3 weeks old. 1.5 days later she seemed to have a cold, her nose was stuffed up and at same time had …

Foamy pee and mouth 
My shih tzu is 5 months old, he just reeceived anti rabies and a 5 in 1 shot last week. Lately he had been urinating frequently and it has a stronger odor …

She has been excessively foaming from the mouth and I don't know what to do for her? 
She is a year old as of 9/28/2014 and up to date with all her shots etc and in very good health!

my 4 years old female Shitzu suddenly cannot walk  
My 4 years old female Shitzu suddenly cannot stand or walk using her hind legs.what should I do to make her walk again? There are no surgeons available …

My shih tzu will not poop or pee in my yard - please help 
My shih tzu will not poop or pee in my yard, he has to go for a walk before he will relieve himself

Why is my Shih Tzu whining 
My Shih tzu is 8 years old, and has always slept in her kennel. In the last few months she whining and yelping at 4;30 in the morning to get out. Its …

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traing my shih tzu to use papper 
I got layla just over a week ago from the breeder and they said she was almost papper trained but this does not to be the case , ive put papper down for …

Can I tie ears back after eye surgery? 
my shih tzu had eye surgery and has a cone. can his ears be pulled up with an infant terry cloth hair tie so they stay away from eye? they get wet from …

My 10 year old shitzu growls at night. 
The growling started 2months ago. He growls for no reason

my 2yr old has his tongue always out.  
I just got him so I don't know if he has always done this. It's out all the time not just when he is panting. Is there something wrong?

My Shih Tzu is suddenly following me foot to foot 
My dog all of a sudden is following me foot to foot. He's acting weird. He usually is a very laid back dog. I took him outside thinking, maybe he needs …

Is my shih tzu about to die? 
I have a 11 months old shih tzu, and this pass few days she's always lying down. What does it mean? Is she dying?

Is it safe to feed puppies with cereal (banana)?  
I used to fed my pup with powdered milk. But this causes him watery poop. So i tried feeding him cerelac.. he doesn't eat dog food (Pet One).

MY Shih Tzu is always going under the bed for hours at a time and has started going to the bathroom in the house lately. 
my dog is constantly going under the bed for hours at a time and will not come out when called and also lately has started going to the bathroom in the …

why does my shih tzu shake after eating? 
After eating, my shih tzu shakes. Why? We give her Alpo canned food mixed with green beans, or left over meats. Thanks

I have a 6 yrs old male shih tzu no vomiting is eating and drinking but not peeing. 
It just started today my shih tzu is eating and drinking no vomiting. Just not peeing. He is 6 yrs old.

Why does my Shih a tzu suddenly have strange behaviour 
My 5 year old Shih Tzu has been scratching the door and whining to get outside, not normal for him, and while out there, he runs away from me and not listening, …

Insomnia seems to be affecting my shin tzu 
He'll be good during the day. Come the night especially middle of the night he'll start panting and pacing back and forth. Room is kept cool.

My dog Buddy is 9 and bit my husband twice within a month don't know what to do? 
He had an operation a month ago during healing time my husband had to change his bandages and put cone back on his head then my husband preceded to kiss …

He is afraid to walk around the block 
My Shih tzu for no reason is afraid to go for walks around the block, he is 2.5 yrs old we walk around the same block for months and now he get scared …

Why has my sweet pup turned into a raging defender? 
I bought my first shih tzu last year in May. I got a second one in December from the same breeder, same parents. At first all seem d to be fine. They play …

Why does he eat 1/2 his food? 
It looks like he took a ruler and eats exactly half in a straight line

I'm worried because my 4 yr old shih tzu doesn't drink alot of water and doesn't pee much. 
My 4 year old shih tzu Abbey was a Rescue in 2013. She's always been finicky when it comes to her food and water. But when it rains out she won't go out …

Why are his inside legs changing color suddenly? 
Why are the insides of my 5yr old Shihtzus legs turning a red, orange colour all of a sudden ? His skin looks normal, it's just the colour of the hair …

my male puppy doesnt bark 
Bandit welcomes everyone in the house and won't bark. He is 8 months old

What caused the Sudden death of SHIH TZU by her tongue turned blue? Pls help 
Hi my 2 years shiztzu died all of a sudden. I just took her out in my car and suddenly within half n hour her tongue turned blue and she was feeling hard …

my dogs tail 
my shih Tzu tip of his tail is raw and bleeding could he have lost the tip thank you Dorothy bright

a gray spots suddenly appears on her tummy? 
My dog Zoey (3 yrs old) a Shih tzu has a clear white tummy, but a week ago I noticed a gray spots appearing on her tummy which looks like a cow spots a …

Black spots 
We adopted a Shin Poo at 9 months and he had very long white hair and lots mats. We got him groomed but now he has black spots all over and his ears are …

Shaking and confused shih tzu? 
My male shih tzu is around 13 yrs old in the past 3 days he has become shaking confused and not eating I'm giving him water through a syringe . he yelps …

Why my Feet? 
for the past few weeks, my 10 month old little man Oakley has decided that while we are on our walks, it's time to attack my toes for know apparent reason …

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Possibly constipation....? 
My 3 1/2 year old neutered male who I rescued approx. 2 years ago...lately he's having trouble pooping...not all the time - tonight was the 2nd time I …

Why is my 9 year old Shih Tzu nose changing colors?  
Why is my 9 year old Shih Tzu nose changing colors (from black to brown)? Is this normal?

Why is my Shih Tzu white fur turning rust color 
Under his legs are now rust color and used to be white. What would cause this. He is 7 yrs old

Help with my 14week Shihtzu  
My 14 week Shihtzu tongue keeps hanging out his mouth with heavy breathing- can some one please help me I'm so scared.

My female just all of a sudden started limping....could it be from her nails? 
My son is extremely upset and thinks he hurt my 3yr old female....she all of a sudden started limping when he was done playing with her. I'm positive …

Obessive licking of paws 
Licking paws non-stop. Also licking mouth. I've read it could be allergies, fungus or OCD.

wont poop  
My shih tzu used to poop in our fenced yard, but now she does not want to go outside to the yard, because in the next yard there is a dog that keeps barking …

nose changing color 
my 1 y/o male shih tsu's nose is starting to turn from black to liver..he is cream now with light brown tips on ears and mustache.Is this normal?

Everything goes in her mouth 
Everything goes in her mouth EVERYTHING IM ALWAYS PULLING SOMETHING OUT OF HER MOUTH. I WANT TO GET A CAGE FOR HER IS IT TOO LATE SHE IS 1 year 8 months …

My 13 year old Shih tzu is giving me a hard time getting up in the am? 
For about a month now he does not want to get up. I walk him the morning before I go to work between 7-7:30 & he gives me a hard time when I try to make …

Depression or not feeling well? 
MY SHIH TZU HASN'T BEEN HERSELF. VERY MOPEY AND DOWN. NOT AS UPBEAT AS USUAL. LIKE SHE DOESN'T FEEL WELL. POSSIBLE REASONS ?

Does he know he is pooping? 
My 7 yr old shih tzu is pooping when he walks and acts like he doesnt know he is doing it. What could cause this? What can I do?

Why is his fur changing color? 
his fur is changing color around his mouth and front paws. He was white in those areas and now he is turning rust color. He seems to feel fine but …

My 3 month old Shih Tzu growls at me 
My Shih Tzu puppy only growls at me... Even though I'm the one feeding him & constantly showering affection on him. He is on his best behaviour with my …

Can mange really be cured? 
11week old and vet said she has mange. She is on meds. I need to know if it really be cured. I have no idea of her back ground, was sold very cheap

Why is my shih tzu changing color? 
My 11 year old black and white shih tzu is turning brown on his legs and mouth. Is this usual? He has just started (about 3months ago) taking Enaparil …

Shes been peeing blood for about a month, shes lost her apetite and has lost weight, What do i do? I cant afford to take her to the vet. 
She had breast cancer last year it was surgically removed. Shes 13 years old up to date on her shots. Recently has fleas but have since gotten rid of about …

why is he limping 
my dog is 14 years old and incontinent during the nite and is almost blind. last nite he started limping on his right hind leg but this morning it seemed …

my three and a half year old shih tzu doesn't follow me around anymore or sleep with me in bed at night anymore like he doesn't love me love me 
my little 3&a half year old shih tzu now used to be very close he always seemed excited when I came home I always followed me around the house now he doesn't …

Our Shih Tzu tries to really bark and nothing comes out. Is this normal? 
We have 7 month old Shih Tzu. She can bark when getting our cats to run and play. But other times she will lift her head up high and go through the motion …

Eye Color 
I have a gold and white shih tsu. Her eyes are the lightest brown you can get. Reading up on Shih Tsus I understand that this color shih tsu, they all …

why is my shih tsu very protective of our home and the surroundings 
my shih tsu does not stop barking when people that she doesn't know come over to visit me. the same goes for the back yard. Sometimes its a nuisance …

Is it too late to train my dog to go on peed pad at 3 months old?  
My pretty girl Mitsou will be 3 months old this week. She seems to hate going outside in the morning and do her little business on a damp lawn (morning …

Older Dog Exhibits Aggression to Younger Dog and Owner 
My 7 year old shih tzu has become increasingly aggressive toward me and my daughters 3 year old shih tzu. She is bring blood on me and the other dog. …

Help for an Episode of Collapsed Trachea 
He makes this honking sound and looks like he is choking. Then he coughs it sometimes lasts 3-4 minutes!!! What do you do?? What if it totally closes? …

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shih tzu doesnt walk  
It just drags its hind legs and poop always get stuck to fur. Never happened before whats wrong?

Food for dog with severe allergies 
My furbaby has severe allergies. I feed him premium dog food but am now hearing potatoes in the dog food can cause yeast infections. If anyone knows …

Is rear leg weakness normal for a 5 week old puppy?  
We had to get him earlier than we wanted, but seems normal except for hind leg weakness.

How many years does a Shih Tzu live. 
My Shih Tzu has been having skin issues and infections. Now she has a problem with what appears to be her left hind leg. She has problems standing and …

Why all of a sudden does AbbieGail uses our Beds to go potty on? 
Our Shih Tzu, was one year old June 19th, we bought her for my Great Grand Son for Xmas she was 6 months old, we have never had a problem with her as for …

Does My Shih Tzu have a Cold? 
I have 3 shihtzu puppies which are 2 months old. They seem to have a cold. Their nose is dripping with transparent liquid. They seem to have trouble breathing. …

Homemade Food for York-tzu with Congestive Heart Failure. Need Help! 
We have a 9 yr. old Yorkie/Shitzu named Aidan. He is the love of our life and a very beloved member of our family. We recently found out that he has …

Shaking just for attention? 
My shi-poo is 12 and has always done the 'shaking for attention' I called it - however I'm wondering if it's actually normal? She's not cold (air temp …

My Shih Tzu has Anxiety, Help! 
My Shih Tzu, Gizmo, is 12.5 years old. His anxiety issues are becoming out of control. When we first got him, we had another dog, a shepherd/collie mix. …

My Shih Tzu has Insomnia 
My three year old Shih Tzu sleeps with us and the last two nights he can't sleep when we go to bed. He tries but within seconds he moves to another spot …

No diagnosis after 6 months of vet visits. Can anyone help?  
Been taking my 8 year old to the vet for 6 months. Severe rawness under the eyes. Biopsy negative, allergy sensitivity negative. Anti biotics non effective. …

My Shih Tzu stool is changing 
I have a 4 month old Shih Tzu. when I got her, her stools were a little hard. But lately they are very soft and sometimes even a little watery. not very …

What Can I Expect from My Shih Tzu's Estrous Cycle? 
my dog has a pee then, after the first pee she pees drops of blood, for about the last two weeks. do you think it may be diet related, I had changed her …

Is My Shih Tzu Depressed After a Haircut? 
Hello, My Shih Tzu has had long hair and so I though with the weather changing ( warmer) that it would be a good ideal to have him cut down. Well …

I Think My Shih Tzu has Lost Interest in Me -- Restoring the Bond 
First I started working a lot of hours then I lost my job and I moved with a boyfriend who did not allow my puppy to be up on the bed with me. Then …

Help! Vet Butchered My Poor Girl's Face 
I have a year old shih tzu, Kami. She is 5 lbs. (yes- I know about Imperials, no- I didn't shop for one to be super small, yes- I absolutely still …

shaking- 
Our bailey is 10 years old and for the last several days acts like she is afraid of something-she shakes-hides-isn't eating much-won't play. There …

EmmaLee: A Happy Healthy Senior with Canine Cognitive Disorder 
EmmaLee was 16 in June 2013 and although she sleeps a lot she is also quite perky when she is up. She will still chase squirrels and runs up and down …

Shih Tzus and Separation Anxiety: How Can We Help? 
I don’t leave my two year old shihtzu much, just to Dr.’s once a month, and to pay bills once a month. I’m 55 with Rheumatoid arthritis, and, I’m a widow, …

How Much and How Often Does a Shih Tzu Eat? 
How Much Does a Shih Tzu Eat? Karen Answers: It depends on the size and age of your shihtzu. I free feed my dogs, which means I just leave …

Why Does a Shih Tzu Sniff Heavily? 
When Brie goes out, it seems as if she has a difficult time catching her scent in order to go to the bathroom. She sniffs the ground so hard it appears …

My Shih Tzu Can't Walk or Stand
After Dog Kennel Stay
Plus Tips on Finding Best Shih Tzu Kennels
 
My shih tzu is dragging his hind legs and walking sideways with difficulty standing after returning from 3 days in the kennels. I'm not sure if he was …

Does My Shih Tzu Have a Tail Injury? 
My dog won't or can't raise his tail. There is no pain when I move it but he is not carrying it up. He was fine before the last grooming but he seems …

Emergency Help for an Upset Stomach 
My 15wk old started vomiting on the Sunday- Monday he had diaohere and no energy. I took him to the vets, they kept him in and gave him fluids overnight …

Why Does my Liver Shih Tzu have Black Hairs? 
My Shih Tzu is almost 14 weeks old. His nose, pads, and lips are light brown and hazel eyes. His coat is mostly gold with a dark brown mask and some white …

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Too Much Protein in Puppy Food? 
I have a 6mth old Shih Tzu who has been on Blue Buffalo Puppy food Life Protection holistic since she was 9 weeks old. Breeders keep telling me 29% protein …

Second Puppy: Which is Best, Male or Female? 
i have a three year old male shih tzu. He's very loving and friendly but my boyfriend and i think he needs a friend so we found out the next litter from …

Ongoing Allergy Problems with My 6-year Old Shih Tzu  
My dog has allergies that I don't know what to do. I have taken him to several vets and everything seems to be a temporary fix. He has fur gone, chews …

Tear Stain Confusion 
Hello. We just adopted our first Shih Tzu (1 1/2 yrs old) and have fallen in love with him. Always had schnauzers before but this one needed a new home …

My Shih tzu Doesn't Like Me -- How Can I Bond with Him? 
Why doesn't my shih tzu love me? He will go hang out with my son all the time. I'm retired and adopted him for me. I try to love on him, but he snorts …

How do I trim my Shih Tzu's eyelashes? 
Question Groomer didn't trim eye lashes. She's five months old and I would like to trim them, they get dirty. Reader's Comments Karen Says …

How to Stop Dog Barking At and Trying to Bite Passersby? 
Question My Bella is a sweet dog until somebody passes by us and also when she sees somebody in the yard or anywhere near the house. How can I correct …

What were Shih Tzus Designed to Do? 
Question I'm working on a presentation about two different breeds and one of them is Shih Tzu. So I need to know what this breed was created for. …

Is She Mad at Us? 
Question Our "baby" is 7 years old. Has always been perfect. Loves everyone, especially us. Comes when called, never messes indoors, never runs away. …

Temperament Change in Old Age 
Question My shih tzu, Oreo, is 10 years old. I've had him since he was a puppy and he has always been a very well behaved dog. He's not a fan of being …

Constant Biting and Scratching 
Question: Emma is a rescue Shih Tzu who is around 5 years old...she is a good dog and will eat just about any food I give her. I have been feeding …

Very Worried - Symptoms of Distemper 
I have a 4 month old shih tzu and she has started shaking her right leg and her head. she also foams at the mouth when she does this. this last for about …

Unanswered Shihtzu Questions - Can You Help? 
My three month old shih tzu, Vida is already getting "busy" on my arm when i play with her. Im thinking to myself, is she doing this because she hasnt …

Why does my Shih Tzu poop in the middle of the night? 
I have a 12 week old shih tzu who is fed three times a day, but poops more than 3 times. His last feed is at 5:30 and will usually eliminate by 8:00. However, …

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