No one knows if Shitzu allergies are genetic. However, many people do suspect that they are a result of the environment. In most cases, if you notice that your Shitzu is developing skin problems, that include hives, rash, or weepy itchy sores, he may be allergic to the food you’re feeding him, airborne allergens, or flea and tick bites. Poor grooming can also be the culprit. In addition, some dogs can be allergic to certain household cleaners or deodorizers as well.
Supplying your Shitzu with good grooming and a good healthy diet can be all you need to keep your dog’s skin and coat strong and healthy. Healthy dogs equal strong immune systems, which can help keep allergies as well as other health problems from rearing their ugly heads. Keep in mind that poor grooming can also cause problems with your Shitzus skin. Matted fur can trap moisture which makes for ideal living conditions for bacteria as well as hot spots, which is an extremely painful sore that develops on your dog’s skin.
If your dog develops any type of skin irritation or condition, do not hesitate to take her to the vet where they can diagnose the problem right away. Sometimes, the remedy can be as simple as changing your dog’s food, and other times your vet may prescribe steroids or other types of medications.
Shitzu Puppies Allergies – Breathing Problems
Unfortunately, because of the Shitzus flat face and short nose, their nasal passages are pinched compared to other breeds of dogs. There is just not enough space to allow the cooling of air they breathe before it makes its way to their little lungs and breathing passages that do not always work as efficiently as they should.
Most Shitzu dogs are susceptible to snoring, snuffling, and snorting as well as coughing, overheating, and wheezing. Here are some all-purpose tips that you can use to help keep your Shitzu breathing as well as possible:
- Make sure you keep your Shitzu puppies well hydrated as well as cool.
- Limit her time outside during hot humid weather and always leave cool water where she has access to it at all times.
- If you notice that your Shitzu is wheezing or coughing when her leash is tugged, it is time to get rid of the collar and use a harness.
- Some Shitzus tend to wheeze and cough when they get too excited; this is a perfect time to calm them down with comforting words.
- Keep in mind that snoring and snorting is all part of the Shitzus allure and charm; however, if you notice that your Shitzu is having difficult time breathing, take her to the vet as soon as possible.