5 Health Tips for Shih Tzus

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When temperatures start to rise, shih tzus are at risk of overheating. That's because their flat faces and short snouts restrict airflow through the upper respiratory tract, so they can't cool themselves down as effectively through panting, explains veterinarian Dean Vicksman of Evans East Animal Hospital in Denver, Colo.

And if that occurs, it can be a big problem. "If dogs can't cool themselves down they can get heatstroke, go into shock and actually die from it," he warns. Weakness, heavy panting and frothing at the mouth are a few of the signs that a dog is too hot.

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