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Different Allergies Of Shih Tzu

Apr 6, 2008
Both Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu owners share some common qualities such as obesity, which primarily come about due to improper diet and not getting enough exercise. Additionally, both may suffer from a few illnesses such as diabetes and cardiac problems, which can be the result of long-term obesity. Besides that both Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu owners are susceptible to allergies. In fact, veterinarians have many treatments for Shih Tzu allergies.

The most common symptom of allergies is an itching sensation on the skin. In addition, the allergies may affect the respiratory tract system as well. The common symptoms of respiratory tract allergies may include sneezing, wheezing and coughing. The Shih Tzu can have almost all the same symptoms that humans do. They have discharge coming from the nose and eyes just like when they suffer from a cold or the flu. Allergies may also occur that effect the digestive system and may suffer from the common symptoms including diarrhea, watery stools and vomiting.

In practice, there is a great variety of allergies that may affect the Shih Tzu. For instance, flea saliva may cause the Shih Tzu an allergic reaction. In order to understand whether a Shih Tzu is being affected by flea saliva a skin allergy examination is essential. In the case of a positive result, the owner must use an effective flea control program. But using safe products must be ensured in order to avoid any possible harm to the dog.

Many humans have an allergic tendency towards certain types of foods. The Shih Tzu is also susceptible to food allergies.. In fact, there is a whole host of foods such as fish, beef, soy products, milk, wheat, eggs, chemical preservatives and artificial sweeteners that may function as allergens to a Shih Tzu dog. Non-verified foods should be strictly avoided for the Shih Tzu. If commercial dog foods are served to Shih Tzu instead of homemade food, it lessens the possibilities of developing a food allergy.

Molds and dust mites, the most common forms of environmental substances, may also lead to the development of allergic reaction in the Shih Tzu. These types of Shih Tzu allergies occur due to a hypersensitivity to the immune system in the presence of these substances. The condition is known as atopic dermatitis. It becomes evident that the dog is suffering from atopic dermatitis when you find them licking and chewing different areas of the body including the paws, abdomen and rear feet. Atopic dermatitis may strike areas like the armpit, central areas of the toes of the paws and the groin.

There are few non-harmful bacteria on the body of a Shih Tzu. Most of these bacteria come from Staphylococcus family. However, only a few harmful bacteria may affect Shih Tzu leading to a bacterial allergy. If you find your Shih Tzu is lacking hair unusually and some ringworm type of markings appear all over its body, it is quite possible that the Shih Tzu may have developed a bacterial allergy on the skin. In United States, over twenty percent of all dogs are unfortunately suffering from allergies.
About the Author
A dog lover and dog owner, Rebecca Simpson loves to share knowledge regarding dog's allergies. The owner must be aware of proper Shih Tzu care so that the dog can grow with optimum health. If you are looking for when and how to choose a vet for your Shih Tzu, you may find this article worthy with sufficient information about Shih Tzu allergies.
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