If you are a pet owner then you must have been worried about the most common problem of all – dog odor. People often will tell you that even after treating their pet with a bath, the smell just lingers on. Some pet owners also say that even aromatic shampoos are ineffective at times and just don’t work. Such situations are quite common in long haired pets like the Shih Tzu. This smelly condition is not a common occurrence in every Shih Tzu but you should also know that this is not normal. This smell is caused by something and you have to be responsible as an owner and do something about it. In case the situation goes untreated, many other medical problems may arise and those may be even tougher to treat.
One of the reasons is the water and the food provided to your Shih Tzu. Miniscule kibble particles and moisture always sticks to the long hair of the Shih Tzu breed and gets accumulated through time. After these get dried up, these are notoriously difficult to get rid of even during bathing. The same case is true secretion from the eye containing moisture, sweat, oils and small amount of fatty tissue known as meibum. These eye secretions not only cause the odor but also leave tear stains and these are very difficult to remove.
If you want to avoid such conditions then the only way is to maintain hygiene. You have to ensure that the dog’s face is gently wiped clean after every meal and the sticky and greasy leftovers are removed properly and the hair is wiped dry. It is advisable to use a soft towel to wipe the area around the eyes. The vital point here is never to leave the face of the Shih Tzu moist so that bacterial growth is avoided. A strong doggy smell is also caused by the affected anal glands. These glands are located on the either side of the anus of the dog and must be squeezed in regular intervals to empty them as they often get affected as the Shih Tzu grows older. You can learn to do it yourself of can ask the groomer to do that for you. The cracked skin also released body odor in Shih Tzu’s as there is accumulation of bacteria and formation of pus- that usually smells horrible.
The foul body odor in a Shih Tzu is not a dangerous case and can easily be avoided and treated with the right grooming technique and hygiene maintenance. You have to treat the case in the early stage so that you do not have to visit the vets regularly in future. Remember the golden words- health is wealth and prevention is better than cure.
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