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Canine Health Issues Affecting The Shih Tzu


The articles in this section will bring to light major health issues affecting the Shih Tzu breed and closely related breeds like the Lhasa Apso.

The articles contained within this section are the full responsibility of the authors and the groups they represent.  Shih Tzu Rescue of Central WI is not responsible for any content found within these articles.  These articles are presented as a source of information and should be used in concert with your own personal Veterinarian.

We invite you to browse these articles and enlighten yourselves on the health issues affecting the Shih Tzu breed.

Brachiocephalic dogs


Brachiocephalic dogs have shortened noses and very prominent eyes due to shallow orbits-- the bony socket that surrounds the eye.

Keratoconjuctivitis Sicca


Keratoconjuctivitis Sicca, also known as KCS or "dry eye." In this particular condition, the eye does not produce a sufficient amount of the amount of aqueous (watery) portion of the tears to keep the eye properly lubricated.

Renal Dysplasia


Renal Dysplasia is a developmental or genetic defect of the kidneys. This makes it quite different from common forms of kidney disease which occur in adult or aged dogs and from other diseases and/or drugs which may cause inflammation of the kidneys and abnormal results on blood and urine tests of kidney function.