Shih Tzu Health

Shih Tzu are usually a very healthy and hardy breed but as with anything things happen.


Shih Tzu puppies to be honest can be a nightmare suffering from Umbilical hernias and teething but this should not put you off as neither are cause for alarm and just comes with the breed.




There are two main types of hernia in Shih Tzu Umbilical and Inguinal.

A hernia is a protrusion of body tissue, fat or organ through an abnormal opening in the surrounding tissue. Usually the protrusion or bulge can be pushed back in and this is known as reducible. If not then it called incarcerated. If the blood supply to an incarcerated hernia is cut off then the hernia becomes strangulated. Although an uncommon occurrence a strangulated hernia is a medical emergency requiring swift veterinary treatment


Umbilical hernias are fairly common in Shih Tzu. A Shih Tzu with an umbilical hernia will have a bulge in the middle of the tummy, where the umbilical cord was attached, caused by an incompletely closed umbilical ring. Although inheritance likely has an influence in some cases, the majority of umbilical hernias are believed to be caused by the umbilical cord being severed too close to the abdominal wall at birth. Most umbilical hernias are small and will get smaller as a puppy grows. In many cases they will disappear completely by the time a puppy is several months old. Umbilical hernias rarely require surgical intervention before this age but a larger hernia might require repair. This is often convenient to do at the time of neutering. 


Inguinal hernias are less common but more likely to require surgery if they don't disappear as the puppy grows. They are caused by tissue or abdominal organs protruding through the inguinal ring and show up as bulges in the groin area either on one side or both. They are more common in females but do occur in both.




They can suffer from eye ulcers due to the short nose and this is down to injury in the majority of cases, maybe ruff play or a play in the bushes, usually eye ointment from the vets sort this problem easily if caught early, redness or a closed/irritated eye must NEVER be ignored.




You must keep your new addition upto date with its worming, I always use Panacur 10% on my puppies and then when able to take it in tablet form i change over to Drontal flavoured.


Worm every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age

Every Month until 6 months

Every 3 Months for life