Shih Tzus are renowned for their luxurious fur, which cascades down their bodies like a regal mantle. But keeping this fur healthy and beautiful requires more than just admiring glances. Consistent care is essential to prevent mats, tangles, and skin problems. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the secrets of Shih Tzu fur and skin care, ensuring your furry friend’s coat stays the envy of the dog park.
Regularity is critical: Aim for a daily brushing session or at least several times weekly. This removes loose hair, prevents matting, and distributes natural oils for a healthy shine.
The right tools: Use a slicker brush for detangling and a pin brush for smoothing the coat. For stubborn mats, a mat breaker can be helpful.
Gentle approach: Start at the ends and work your way up, brushing toward hair growth. Be gentle to avoid irritating your Shih Tzu’s skin.
Bath Time Bliss:
How often?: Shih Tzus don’t require frequent baths, as over-bathing can dry out their skin. Every 3-4 weeks is usually sufficient. Groomit Silver-Package has you covered here.
Shampoo selection: The Groomit Groomer chooses gentle, dog-specific shampoo formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh soaps and human shampoos.
Spa experience: The Groomer massage the shampoo gently into your Shih Tzu’s coat, avoiding eyes and ears. Could you rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water? For an extra boost of shine, the stylist uses a conditioner designed for dogs.
Beyond the Bath:
Drying time: After bathing, towel-dry your Shih Tzu thoroughly and use a blow-dryer on a low heat setting to avoid overheating.
Trimming time: Regular trimming keeps your Shih Tzu’s hair neat and manageable. You can book an in-home or mobile grooming service and choose our Gold or Eco Package.
Diet plays a role: A healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids nourishes the skin and promotes a healthy coat. You can consult your Groomit Groomer or Vet about choosing 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 get the Very Berry Facial Treatment with your next service.
Watch for warning signs: Look for skin problems, such as redness, itching, or hair loss. These could be signs of allergies, fleas, or other underlying health issues. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian if you notice any concerns.
Sun protection: Just like us, Shih Tzus can get sunburned. Apply sunscreen to their nose and ears, especially during peak sun hours.
Consistency is critical to maintaining your Shih Tzu’s luxurious fur and healthy skin. With regular brushing, gentle bathing, and a healthy diet, your furry friend will turn heads (and hearts) wherever you go.
Use a water purifier to remove chlorine and other harsh chemicals from your tap water, which can irritate your Shih Tzu’s skin.
Invest in a high-quality humidifier to add moisture to the air, especially during dry winter.
Consider adding a salmon oil supplement to your Shih Tzu’s diet for an extra dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Following these tips ensures your Shih Tzu’s fur and skin stay healthy and radiant for years. Now go forth and flaunt that fabulous mane!
I hope this blog post was helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.