Shih Tzus are known for their luxurious coats that hang from their bodies like an emperor's cloak. But keeping those coats healthy and beautiful requires more than just admiring glances. Ongoing care is essential to prevent mats, tangles, and skin problems. In this article, we’ll delve into the secrets of Shih Tzu coat and skin care to ensure your furry friend’s coat is the envy of the dog park.
Basics of brushing your teeth:
Regularity is crucial: Aim to brush your teeth once a day or at least a few times a week. This removes loose hair, prevents tangles, and distributes natural oils for a healthy shine.
The right tools: Use a slicker brush to detangle and a pin brush to smooth the hair. For stubborn mats, a mat breaker may help.
Gentle method: Start from the ends of your hair and work your way up, towards the direction of hair growth. Be gentle and avoid irritating your Shih Tzu's skin.
Bath time happiness:
How often? : Shih Tzus don’t need frequent baths as over-bathing can dry out their skin. Usually once every 3-4 weeks is enough. The Groomit Silver package has you covered.
Shampoo Choice: Groomit Groomer Choose a gentle dog-specific shampoo specially formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh soaps and human shampoos.
Spa Experience: The groomer gently massages shampoo into your Shih Tzu's coat, avoiding the eyes and ears. Can it be rinsed thoroughly with warm water? To make the hair more shiny, the stylist used a conditioner specially designed for dogs.
Outside the bathroom:
Drying time: After bathing, towel dry your Shih Tzu thoroughly and use a hair dryer on low heat to avoid overheating.
When to trim: Regular trimming will keep your Shih Tzu’s coat tidy and manageable. You can book in-home or mobile beauty services and choose from our Gold or Eco-friendly packages.
Diet plays an important role: A healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids nourishes the skin and promotes healthy hair. You can consult your groomer or veterinarian to learn how to choose the right food for your Shih Tzu.
Bonus tip: Remember the face! Wipe your Shih Tzu's face daily with a damp cloth to remove tear stains and prevent eye irritation, and receive a Very Berry facial at your next service.
Watch for warning signs: Look for skin problems such as redness, itchiness, or hair loss. These could be signs of allergies, fleas, or other underlying health issues. If you notice any problems, please always consult your veterinarian.
Sun Protection: Just like us, Shih Tzus can get sunburned. Apply sunscreen to their noses and ears, especially when the sun is strongest.
Consistency is essential to maintaining your Shih Tzu's luxurious coat and healthy skin. With regular brushing, gentle bathing, and a healthy diet, your furry friend will capture your attention (and your heart) wherever you go.
Other pro tips:
Use a water purifier to remove chlorine and other harsh chemicals from tap water that can irritate your Shih Tzu's skin.
Invest in a high-quality humidifier to increase air humidity, especially during the dry winter months.
Consider adding a salmon oil supplement to your Shih Tzu's diet for an extra dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Following these tips will ensure your Shih Tzu's coat and skin stay healthy and radiant for years to come. Now get out there and show off that wonderful mane!
I hope this article was helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.