Pictured below is a lovely little Shih Tzu named Suki. As a veterinarian, I think of this breed as a love sponge, wanting to soak up every bit of attention they can from their family. Unfortuantely, Shih Tzu’s are also prone to a host of health problems. Name the common health problems found in this breed.
1. Luxating patella’s – a condition common in toy breeds where the knee cap pops out of joint.
2. Hereditary renal dysplasia.
3. Dental abnormalities including missing teeth, unerrupted teeth that sometimes form dentigerous cysts, malpositioned teeth leading to interference and retained deciduous teeth.
5. Ear diasease.
6. Epiphora-a condition where tears spill from the inner aspect of the lower eyelid causing a dark stain on their fur.