5 Health Tips for Shih Tzus

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The combination of short legs and a long spine makes the shih tzu more prone to back sprains, strains and slipped disks, says Vicksman. Normal activities such as jumping, running or traversing stairs may cause these painful back injuries in some dogs because of the added stress placed on their elongated backs.

Of course, not all shih tzus experience back problem. Each dog is truly an individual. But the good news is that for those dogs that do, you can help minimize flare-ups by purchasing steps and ramps. If your shih tzu loves resting on the sofa, for instance, place steps (found at most pet retail stores) next to it so he can get on and off without jumping. Ramps, on the other hand, are perfect entering or exiting vehicles.

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