Things to Know | How Long Do Shih Tzus Live?

This little lion mane dog lives longer than your average dog. But when we’re talking about the Shih Tzus’ health, things can get a little complicated.

Here are 13 important things to know about that may affect the life expectancy of your Shih Tzu.

The Shih Tzu and Eye Infections

The eyes of a Shih Tzu are prone to infections and diseases. Dry eyes are one of the eye problems that Shih Tzu’s are susceptible to.


The Shih Tzu and Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of death in older Shih Tzus, but can also affect Shih Tzus in their early years too.



The Shih Tzu and Liver Disease

Shih Tzus can develop a disease called Liver Shunt. A pup with a liver shunt has a  compromised flow of blood to and from the liver.


The Shih Tzu and Ear Infections

The Shih Tzus ears are prone to infection. As a preventative measure, it is advised that the Shih Tzus ears are cleaned on a regular basis.


The Shih Tzu and Allergies

Common contact allergies that the Shih Tzu are prone to inside the house include dust mites, cleaning products, plastics, and shampoos.

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