The eyes of a Shih Tzu are the most beautiful aspect of the dog and people get mesmerized by them. Those deep and dark round eyes do compliment the flower-shaped face perfectly and add to the beauty of a Shih Tzu. Unlike the other breed of dogs like the Golden Retriever and the Labrador, the Shih Tzu has bulging eyes. They may look cute but anatomically the eyes are prone to infection and irritation. Since there is a wide area exposed to the environment, they are prone to pollutants and contaminants.
First of all you must avoid letting your Shih Tzu put out its head outside the car window when you are driving with your dog alongside. The dust can easily get inside the eyes and can cause irritation. You should also keep the hair under the Shih Tzu’s eyes trimmed. You can easily do that by using a blunt scissor. It is advisable to avoid a clipper at this stage unless you are looking at a perfectly shaved face. Ensure that you do not cut deep into the skin fold near the eyes. In order to avoid irritation you have to ensure that during bathing the soaps or shampoos and conditioners do not get into your dog’s eyes. There are a lot of ointments out there in the market that you can put into the eyes of the Shih Tzu before a bath so that irritation can be avoided.
Also never underestimate a dog fight. The eyes are often affected or even severely damaged causing permanent damages and even blindness. In extreme cases even surgical removal of eyeball or enucleation is involved. Bites on the face often come with damages to the eye structure, so you must avoid letting your Shih Tzu into dog fights. The Shih Tzus are really peaceful creatures however once they are enraged and provoked- especially over fights for female during the heat period, they can get into really aggressive fights.
In case you see increase in tears in your Shih Tzu’s eyes or even irritation, you can have a lot of home remedies to choose from. Just mix a cup of distilled water and 1/4th spoon of sea salt and apply the mixture on the place using a dropper or cotton ball. The owners can also clean the eyes using 2-3 drops of brewed Chamomile or Eyebright tea 2 -3 times in a day. However the tea should be in room temperature and afterwards you have to dry up the area to avoid bacterial proliferation.
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