By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
About Shih Tzus
Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″ (male and females)
Weight: 9-16 lbs (male and females)
Color: Their coat can be any color
Coat: Dense long, straight double coat
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
Energy level: Moderate
Exercise needs: Low to moderate
Is a Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance, to answer some Facebook questions for you guys.
Our next question is: My 2-year-old Chihuahua loves his bully stick in the 6″ size. I’m wondering since he goes through them so quickly if he’s hurting his teeth, I’ve noticed that his teeth are actually getting smaller. It concerns me that you mentioned his teeth are getting smaller; it’s not normal for an adult tooth to actually regress in size. My concern is that possibly what’s happening due to excessive wear and tear at the teeth, they may actually be fracturing due to chewing on this hard surface.
Have you met the latest cat internet sensation, Sir Stuffington?
According to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter (MultCoPets.org) Sir Stuffington, the pirate costume wearing adorable one-eyed kitten with an injured jaw, arrived at the Shelter along with two siblings on September 13th after being rescued off the street.
The shelter’s website reports, “in addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.” They continue, “Donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat. Sir Stuffington is not yet available for adoption. It will likely be two months or so, but we will let everyone know when he and his siblings become available.”
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet health insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: Are there holistic treatments for my dog’s Cushing’s Disease? The dog is 13 years old and has been on medication, but it’s starting to take a toll on him. So I’d like to seek holistic treatments.
By Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate Chryssa Rich
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what about cats? Mine are ages 10 and 11, and I recently decided it was time to toilet train them. My complaints probably echo cat owners everywhere:
- The litter box and its furniture take up a lot of space in my small house
- I’m constantly shooing my toddler and dog away from it
- I’m tired of scooping it (who isn’t!)
- I’m tired of choosing between my house smelling like scented litter or used litter
I considered using a commercial cat potty training product, but they were pricey and had mixed reviews. So I kept searching until I stumbled upon some free info*, and it seems to have all the details I’ll need.
A couple of drawbacks to this process are that you need a toilet available only for the cats for a while, and once they’re trained, you’ll have to make sure the lid is always left up. Still, I felt like the trade-off would be worth it.
The first step was to move the litter box to the first floor, since that’s where the available toilet is, so I hauled the box from the top of the stairs to the bottom. I cleaned the carpet under the old box location well (even though they hadn’t had accidents), and left the vacuum there for a couple of days as an extra deterrent. It worked. My cats immediately sniffed their way downstairs and used their box without issue.