Cold Weather Advice For Shih Tzu Owners
Cold weather advice is something most Shih Tzu owners do not think they need.
After all, their little Shih Tzu is not a bald Chinese Crested or a Mexican Hairless.
Our dogs have hair and lots of it.
We live in a part of the world where winters can be harsh and even though our dogs love the snow, they can still resist going out when the temperatures plummet below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Here is a video about Hanna and a Cold Snowy Day. We hope you enjoy
Once you've viewed the video, you might want to read more about Shih
Tzu care in the wintertime.
Hanna and the Snowy Day
Hanna was a puppy at the time and has since grown into an excellent adult and Mama of her own.
Shih Tzu dogs were developed in Tibet and China where environments
are similar. Tibet has colder temperatures due to higher altitudes
than China. Winters in Tibet are cold with an average January temperature
hovering around -2°C.
In China, temperatures range from icy to warm
depending on the location. The original Shih Tzu that were bred and
developed in China experienced cooler climates, making them adaptable to modern
day cold climates and winter temperatures.
Cold Weather Advice
Here is some cold weather advice for keeping your Shih Tzu
Healthy, Happy, and Comfortable in the wintertime.
Increased calories may be need for dogs that play hard
outdoors or take long walks
- To keep your Shih Tzu from picking up ice and snow on her
feet, trim the hair around the bottom of the feet, and remove any hair between
paw pads were ice can accumulate.
- If Shih Tzu dogs have a long coat, they are probably OK to
go outside without a coat or sweater. If
you trim your Tzu, a sweater or coat is highly advised. Some folks will also purchase doggie boots
for outdoor walks.
- Remember that antifreeze may taste good to a dog but it can
- If you walk your dog where there is a lot of rock salt,
rinse them off when you return. The salt
can irritate the pads of the foot.
- Never allow your dog to remain outdoors for long during low
temperature. They can get frostbitten
the same as you.
- If your dog is covered with snow or wet, either towel dry or
use a blow dryer to warm them once they return from outside.
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