The Shih Tzu is prone to the following
major health conditions:
Canine Hip Dysplasia - Hip dysplasia
is an abnormal formation of the hip socket
that, in its more severe form, can eventually
cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis
of the joints. It is a polygenic trait,
that is affected by environmental factors
in the production of the final phenotype.
It can be found in many animals and occasionally
in humans, but is most commonly associated
with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds,
particularly the larger breeds. The
Shih Tzu is prone to the following
minor health conditions:
Renal Dysplasia - Renal dysplasia is
a developmental or genetic defect of the
kidneys. This makes it quite different
from common forms of kidney disease which
occur in adult or aged dogs and from other
diseases and/or drugs which may cause
inflammation of the kidneys and abnormal
results on blood and urine tests of kidney
Entropion - Entropion is the inversion
of the eyelids, so that they roll inward,
often irritating the eye.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Progressive
Retinal Atrophy is a group of genetic
diseases seen in certain breeds of dogs
and, more rarely, cats. It is characterized
by the bilateral degeneration of the retina,
causing progressive vision loss culminating
in blindness. The condition in nearly
all breeds is inherited as an autosomal
recessive trait, with the exception of
the Siberian Husky and the Bullmastiff.
There is no treatment.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) - Keratoconjunctivitis
Sicca is the decreased tear production
of the eye causing a dry eye and damage
to the cornea. Otitis externa is also
known as "Swimmer's ear" is an inflammation
of the outer ear and ear canal.
Portacaval Shunt - A portacaval shunt
is a treatment for high blood pressure
in the liver.
Inguinal Hernia - An inguinal hernia
is a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents
through the inguinal canal.
Patellar Luxation - Patellar Luxation
is the abnormal shallow groove in the
knee sot hat the knee cap slips n and
out of the position, cuasing lameness.
Patellar Luxation is most common in small
The Shih Tzu occasionally has problems
with the following health conditions:
Cataracts - Cataracts are opacities
in the lens of the eye, which can cause
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