Owning a long, silky-coated dog requires a lot of attention and care.
The Shih Tzu’s trademark is to have the fur tied up with a bow, which draws attention to the dog’s face.
Although your puppy will proudly walk with his head held high for all to see, it is best to remove the tear stains in his eyes, as well as the brown stains on his beard, so that he looks his best.
What do you need?
good quality feed
1- Clean the hair around the eyes and beard with a cotton ball soaked in warm water.
Dark spots are the result of fungal or bacterial growth on your Shih Tzu’s skin.
Remove extra dirt and moisture to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
2- Trim and pin the fur around the eyes. If hair falls into your Shih Tzu’s eyes, it increases tear production.
Be careful when clipping around the eyes, using a clipper or blunt scissors.
3- Avoid rations with many artificial dyes. These can discolor your dog’s beard when the particles come into contact with the fur around the mouth.
4- Start using a filter. The high mineral content in tap water can cause stains on your Shih Tzu’s beard.
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water to reduce tear stains.
5- Apply an industrial stain removal product. These products change the stains chemically, improving the appearance of the coat, but they don’t eliminate what causes them.
Use once a week and apply carefully to prevent chemicals from getting into your eyes or mouth.
Tips and Warnings
Visit your veterinarian to rule out medical reasons for excessive tearing. Eye infections, blocked tear ducts, and ingrown eyelashes can cause an increase or abnormal production of tears. Food allergies or environmental causes can also result in watery eyes.
Use a brush dipped in warm water once a week to brush away tear stains around your eyes.
If your Shih Tzu doesn’t like the smell or taste of apple cider vinegar in their water, reduce the amount and then gradually increase it to a tablespoon.
Do not tie your Shih Tzu’s hair too tightly. He may scratch and rub trying to pull the ponytail out, which can increase hair contact with his eyes and face.