Breed Spotlight: Abyssinian
At first glance, an Abyssinian may appear to be your…
Tiny, shaggy and adorable, the shih tzu has wiggled its way into the hearts of dog owners everywhere. A popular “toy breed,” it’s known for being less yappy and more personable than other dogs its size. A lot of this stems from the fact it was most likely bred to be a companion of Chinese royalty, so it’s definitely not lacking in the personality department!
Unfortunately, no dog is immune to breed-specific health complications. The shih tzu is certainly no exception, especially considering its status as one of the most popularly insured breeds in the country. So in the third installment of our PetFirst Breed Spotlight, we’re going to review the signs and symptoms of various shih tzu illnesses, disorders and ailments that we’ve encountered in our claims, listing them in order of prevalence. Remember, being prepared is the single best thing a pet owner can do!
Despite their miniature stature, shih tzus are strong and resilient dogs, but they’re by no means invulnerable. As a pet owner, it’s your duty to ensure the highest quality of life for your straggly-haired companions…after all, they are royalty!
Dogs and Heat; What You Need to Know
The expression “dog days of summer,” which originated in ancient…