Do you take care of your Shih Tzu every day? Maybe you don’t feel like you need a little dog to go to the groomers every couple of weeks?
It’s a great idea to have your Shih Tzu regularly groomed and even make Shih Tzu grooming a daily habit. Left to their own devices, dogs lick each other a lot, as do many animals. They do this because they know that, alongside good general health, it improves relations between them.
Grooming your Shih Tzu is doing the same thing. The grooming act releases a feeling of bonding, just like the Shih Tzu puppy’s bond with his mother. Another huge advantage of daily physical contact with your dog is that you see any changes early and before they become a major problem.
So, when your Shih Tzu grooming is consistent enough, you also get the best chance to notice tiny warts, lumps, and changes in your dog’s skin. Look for dry skin, flaking, and sore patches that could indicate the onset of dermatitis.
Similarly, while you’re grooming Shih Tzu every day, you can also check for general health, it could be easy to miss the onset of an ear infection or the build-up of tartar on your dog’s teeth if you don’t have daily contact with your canine best friend.
The importance of observing the health of your Shih Tzu can not be overstated in this way. A lump caught early could stop something devastating, while the teeth tartar can considerably shorten your Shih Tzu’s life span.