Do you know everything you need to know about Shih Tzu Eyes? If not, you're not alone and in fact when I adopted my first Shih Tzu I didn't have a clue. But that was 40 years ago, and I've learned a thing or two about Shih Tzu eyes that I'd like to share with you.
Many people fall in love with the Shih Tzu because of their large, dark soulful eyes. A great deal of care will be needed over the course of his lifetime to keep those gorgeous eyes healthy. One of the most important things you can do for your Shih Tzu puppy is to make eye care a priority and part of your daily routine.
The Shih Tzu eyes are prone to infection, injury, and disease, but unless your puppy has inherited a known ocular disease, many problems can be avoided. (See page for a description of eye problems in Shih Tzu). Most eye problems can be prevented through scrupulous attention. Unlike brushing and bathing, eye care is easy and quick, but should be done daily.
Before cleaning, take a quick look at your Shih Tzu’s eyes. A little extra light, such as a flashlight and perhaps a magnifying glass can help you determine if something just does not look right. Suspect your Shih Tzu puppy has a problem if they are:
Most veterinary hospitals teach their staff to make all calls about pet eyes an emergency. If this is not the case with your veterinarian and you are unable to be seen immediately, call your nearest emergency veterinary hospital.
Shih Tzu are prone to a variety of different diseases and problems of the eyes. Shih Tzu Eye Problems can be anything from an infection to a disease that causes total blindness.
All Shih Tzu dogs have a little tearing, but when it becomes profuse, there may be a problem. If you suspect any problems, do not proceed to clean, but call your veterinarian for an appointment.
The most common problem you are likely to encounter is an infection. Eye infections result from
Daily Check List for Eye Care:
A daily cleaning will help remove any gunk that accumulates. Cleaning below the eyes will also reduce the amount of tear stains that discolor the hair on light colored dogs.
Use a cotton ball, clean washcloth, or gauze square moistened with warm water. Wipe gently from the corner of the eye outward. Repeat as many times as needed to remove all debris, using clean surfaces each time. Blot dry.
If the tears have hardened, you may need to use a fine toothed comb such as a flea comb to remove the debris. If you prefer, you either can use an ophthalmic solution over the counter or prescribed by your veterinarian to do your daily cleaning. A missed day is not an occasion to panic, especially if your puppy is otherwise healthy.
For mildly irritated eyes, you can make your own solution that may help. To one cup of room temperature distilled water, add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and mix thoroughly. Apply the solution using a cotton ball or by using a plastic dropper. Apply a few droppers of solution, then blot dry.
Another natural remedy is to use tea. You might also try cleaning your dog’s eyes with Chamomile or Eyebright tea. Brew the tea and allow cooling to room temperature. Apply about 2 or 3 drop into the eye 2 or 3 times per day until the infection clears.
Apply as you would the salt solution. If the eyes continue to be irritated after a few days, consult your veterinarian.