Shih Tzu Care 101: Grooming, Feeding, & Health

Shih Tzu Care 101: Grooming, Feeding, & Health
Shih Tzu Care 101: Grooming, Feeding, & Health

Bringing a Shih Tzu into your family is a delightful experience, but it also means taking on the responsibility of providing comprehensive care for your new furry friend. In this blog post, we’ll explore the fundamentals of caring for a Shih Tzu, covering essential aspects such as grooming, feeding, and maintaining their overall health.


Shih Tzus are renowned for their beautiful, flowing coats, but maintaining this luxurious fur requires regular grooming. Daily brushing helps prevent mats and tangles, distributes natural oils, and keeps the coat shiny and healthy. Use a quality brush or comb designed for Shih Tzus to gently work through any knots and remove loose hair. Regular baths with a mild dog shampoo are also essential to keep their coat clean and free of dirt and odors. Additionally, don’t forget to trim their nails regularly to prevent overgrowth and potential discomfort.


Nutrition is key to your Shih Tzu’s overall health and well-being. Choose a high-quality dog food specifically formulated for small breeds like Shih Tzus, ensuring it contains a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Divide their daily food intake into two or three smaller meals to aid digestion and prevent bloating. Fresh, clean water should always be available to keep your Shih Tzu hydrated throughout the day. Avoid feeding your Shih Tzu table scraps or human foods, as these can be harmful to their health.


Regular veterinary care is essential for keeping your Shih Tzu healthy and addressing any potential health concerns promptly. Schedule routine check-ups with a trusted veterinarian at Atlas Animal Hospital to monitor your Shih Tzu’s overall health and well-being. Vaccinations, parasite prevention, and dental care are vital aspects of your Shih Tzu’s healthcare regimen. Be vigilant for any signs of illness or discomfort, such as changes in appetite, energy levels, or behavior, and seek veterinary attention if necessary.

Caring for a Shih Tzu requires a combination of regular grooming, proper nutrition, and attentive healthcare. By following the grooming tips, feeding guidelines, and health recommendations outlined in this blog post, you can provide the best possible care for your beloved Shih Tzu. And with the support and expertise of Atlas Animal Hospital, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is in good hands.

Atlas Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for pets, including Shih Tzus. Their team of experienced veterinarians and staff members offers a wide range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of your furry companion. From wellness exams and vaccinations to advanced diagnostic testing and surgical procedures, Atlas Animal Hospital is committed to ensuring the health and happiness of your Shih Tzu throughout every stage of their life.