Signs indicate when your Shih Tzu is in pain; learn how to identify them – Like their owners, Shih Tzu is susceptible to different types of diseases that, obviously, can be accompanied by a lot of pain.
But how to know when your Shih Tzu is suffering, if the Shih Tzu doesn’t complain, hardly cries, and doesn’t know how to point out the discomfort?
Even though they don’t communicate verbally, Shih Tzu sends us signals that something is not right. That’s why it’s important to always be aware of what they are ‘saying’.
In addition to general symptoms such as apathy, tremor, and lack of appetite, there are other subtle manifestations of pain that can indicate specific problems. Here is a list of signs that can be associated with the presence of pain in a Shih Tzu:
Shih Tzu eating less – The Shih Tzu even shows some interest in food, but refuses or is unable to eat. if you notice that he takes a bite or two and gives up chewing his food, the problem could be dental or gum. On the other hand, refusal to bend down is a clear indication of cervical spine pain.
rub the paw on the face
Shih Tzu rubbing the paw on the face – The gesture repeated several times throughout the day gives the impression that the Shih Tzu is caressing its own muzzle or trying to remove a speck from its eyes. In these cases, suspect eye problems such as conjunctivitis or dry eye disease, where a lack of eye lubrication causes damage to the cornea.
The habit can also represent excess tartar, which causes gum and tooth pain or dental fractures. In the worst case, the explanation could be a tumor in the larynx, mouth, palate, glottis, or tongue.
Shih Tzu limping – The gesture is easily confused with paw problems, but the source of pain is not always in the limbs. Shih Tzu is also often limp due to lower back and chest pain.
In addition, the Shih Tzu is reluctant to climb on furniture or stairs and moves more slowly, especially when lying down and getting up.
shake your head
Shih Tzu head-shaking – Shih Tzu shakes their head frequently, as they do when they are wet. If persistent, this movement may be associated with an earache.
Lifting a paw while walking or running
Shih Tzu lifting the paw – During a run or walk, the Shih Tzu lifts one of the hind legs for two or three steps. The gesture is quick and can go unnoticed, but the habit is a sign of something more serious than a simple pebble in the way.
Be wary of possible dislocations in the patella, the knee bone. In addition to causing pain, dislocation predisposes the Shih Tzu to develop osteoarthritis later in life.
cough or choke
Shih Tzu coughing – A Shih Tzu cough is commonly confused with innocent choking, but it can indicate a more serious illness. If the Shih Tzu insists on this gesture, take him to the vet to make sure he doesn’t have the flu.
Caused by the canine parainfluenza virus or a bacterium called Bordetella, canine flu is more common in places with a high concentration of animals, such as kennels and pet hotels, and in periods of cold and dry weather. Without treatment, it can progress to severe pneumonia.