If your Shih Tzu is experiencing breathing difficulties, it could be due to several different reasons. For example, your dog could have brachycephalic airway syndrome, a common condition affecting dogs of all breeds with a brachycephalic shape. In such cases, the jaw will be shortened, restricting airflow, and causing a variety of symptoms in your dog.
Symptoms of a shih tzu with glaucoma
The early signs of glaucoma in dogs are often not obvious to the pet owner. They can include decreased activity, reduced appetite, and a bulging eyeball. There may also be an engorged white of the eye, a cloudy cornea, or a bluish tint to the eye. Though the disease usually progresses slowly, it’s important to recognize the early signs of glaucoma to prevent permanent vision damage.
Cataracts are another common sight problem in shih tzus. These cloudy growths on the lens of the eye can result in blurred vision and even blindness if left untreated. Cataracts are often inherited but can also be caused by trauma to the eye. Once diagnosed, cataracts can be surgically removed. The eye will usually recover after the surgery, but untreated cataracts may result in a scarring of the eye lens.
Symptoms of a shih tzu with brachycephalic airway syndrome
Symptoms of a shih-tzu with brachycephalic apnea may include coughing, noisy breathing, and exercise intolerance. While the condition may be mild initially, the symptoms may increase over time and eventually become life-threatening. The symptoms may be worsened by hot weather and increased effort required to move air through the esophagus. Your pet may also develop respiratory distress, such as frequent panting and wheezing.
When these obstructions block the airway, the blood cannot adequately oxygenate the tissues. The body narrows capillaries in poorly ventilated areas of the lung, a condition known as chronic vasoconstriction. This can cause right-sided heart failure. Breathing problems can occur at birth, and in some cases, caesarean sections may be necessary.
Symptoms of a shih tzu with ear infections
Your puppy’s ears may appear painful and greasy and can develop an unpleasant odor. Your dog may also tilt its head towards the infected ear. This is an indication of a severe infection, which can lead to hearing loss and other problems. You should also examine both ears to check for infections. If you notice a discharge in one ear, it may be an indication of an underlying allergy to certain antibiotics.
Your puppy may also exhibit aggressive behavior and a loss of hearing. If you’re not sure, use a cotton ball to keep the ear dry while bathing your pet. You can also use an essential oil-infused almond oil blend. Mix 20 drops of essential oil with half a glass of almond oil. Apply the solution to your dog’s ear at least twice a day. Hot compresses can help reduce inflammation and promote faster healing of the infected ear. Use a soft cotton towel soaked in warm water to place on the base of the ear flap. Repeat the application several times a day.
Symptoms of Cushing’s disease
Hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushing’s disease, is an autoimmune disorder caused by a buildup of the steroid hormone cortisol in the dog’s adrenal glands. While cortisol is needed for normal dog health and functioning, too much can cause havoc. As such, it’s crucial to recognize the signs of Cushing’s disease in shih tzu so that the proper treatment can be administered.
When your dog exhibits the symptoms listed above, take him to the vet immediately. His examination may reveal signs of urinary tract problems. If your pet is straining to urinate or if his urine contains blood, schedule an appointment immediately. Your vet may prescribe an antibacterial or antifungal shampoo and wipes for your dog’s hygiene. While it is not possible to prevent the progression of Cushing’s, early treatment may improve your dog’s quality of life.
While these symptoms can be confusing, ultrasounds can help a veterinarian rule out other conditions that may be causing your pet’s symptoms. For example, tumors in the spleen or liver, bladder stones, gallbladder disease, and gastrointestinal disease are all similar to symptoms of Cushing’s disease. Your veterinarian will order blood tests to determine the dosage of medication. If your dog has both adrenal and pituitary tumors, he’ll need to increase his dosage. Your vet will also monitor your pet for lethargy, vomiting, and decreased appetite, as well as trouble breathing.