The Shih Tzu is a popular toy dog known for its fair temperament and toy’ looks. It is a small breed, weighing between 9 and 16 pounds. The average Shih Tzu peaks at between 8 and 11 inches. Despite its size, this dog is surprisingly solid on the ground. When healthy, it is very endearing and playful towards humans and other dogs. However, if unhealthy, the breed is given to stress and restlessness. One of the most serious health threats in the Shih Tzu is a flea infestation, which causes allergies, anemia, irritation and sometimes even death. Shih Tzu itching is particularly uncomfortable and causes restlessness.
Detecting the signs
This is a breed with a heavy and glorious coat of hair, so detecting fleas is quite a bit of a problem for most pet owners. Fleas cause Shih Tzu constant itching, and this makes detection of infestation a little easier. Your dog will scratch their fur all the time, and you are likely to see dry parts of skin, a result of too much scratching. If they have mange mites on their bodies, this might be a pointer to the fact that they are harboring fleas inside the coat. Some dogs will develop allergies as soon as fleas land on their bodies and these will manifest themselves in the form of inflammation.
Learning how to get rid of fleas on a Shih Tzu is not difficult as long as you have detected them. Here are a few ideas.
Making use of a flea comb
Flea combs are a regular fixture in most pet shops and are designed to get rid of the parasite through back and forth combing. Sometimes, this solution is not very effective, so pet owners will dab some jelly on the teeth of the comb so that the fleas can stick to its teeth. This is a reliable remedy but only works if the parasites are just finding their way into the coat of a Shih Tzu. The combing process should involve gentle motions that do not hurt the dog. The dog’s coat is parted, leaving tiny spaces between strands and isolating fleas.
Electronic flea traps and commercial medications.
These tools are a little more expensive than flea combs but then, they do a better job. While using this trap, pay attention to the comfort of your Shi Tzu and make sure that all safety precautions are adhered to. There are also effective chemicals out there, some coming in the form of powders and others as fluids.
Nature-based flea repellants
Chemical treatment of Shih Tzu fleas and ticks has raised some concerns about safety, which is why some people prefer repellants whose constitution is natural. Whenever you go shopping for any repellant, be sure to check for the ingredients as well as any possible notification about side effects.
Fleas have serious effects on the health of Shih Tzu’s. They are one of the causes of Shih Tzu dermatitis and a raft of other ailments. In getting rid of these parasites, pay attention to your dog’s head, ears, armpits and the small spaces between the toes.