Who doesn’t love the face of a Shih Tzu? It’s so adorable and is made even more so by their loyal nature. Simply looking at them makes you happy. They even have this great coat that doesn’t shed which doesn’t add to the list of things that need to be cleaned off the floor. However, with this kind of coat come certain responsibilities.
Long fur needs regular trimming lest it get out of hand. Not only that, Shih Tzus tends to have dirty faces if not properly groomed. They are furry to begin with even in the facial region. So feeding them colored food and treats will most likely cause stains. Apart from this, one of the major problems Shih Tzu owners face is tear staining.
How does tear staining happen?
When the tear ducts are blocked, this causes tears to stream down the face of your dog. This can also happen because of an eye inflammation. The goo news it that tear stains can be mended.
How to prevent tear stains?
The frequency you clean your dog’s face depends on how much they tear up. In case they tear frequently, it’s best to wash their face every two days. This prevents the tears from staining their face.
Here’s what you’ll need to give them a face wash:
- paper towel
- warm water
- dog shampoo
- wash cloth (for cleaning)
- wash cloth (for drying)
- blow dry
Here’s how to give your Shih Tzu a face wash:
- Wet a piece of paper towel.
- Clean around the eyes – in a gentle manner – to remove any discharge. Make sure you don’t touch the inside of your dog’s eye.
- Use a wash cloth to wipe the stains as well as to wet their face.
- Add just a tiny portion of their dog shampoo into a container of warm water. Mix these two together. Although any shampoo will do, you can use tearless shampoo in case it accidentally gets into their eyes.
- Soak the wash cloth into the shampoo mixture. Massage the mixture into the fur of your dog and make sure to really focus on the parts with tear stains. Do this on both sides of your dog’s face.
- Rinse the wash cloth in water. Wipe your dog’s face with the rinsed wash cloth. Do this until you’re sure the shampoo is gone.
- Use a dry wash cloth to dry the face of your dog.
- Comb the fur on your dog’s face.
- Use a blow dry to dry the face of your Shih Tzu or let it air dry.
- Comb the fur on their face again to put it back in place.
It’s natural for a dog to have tears stream down their face. But ignoring it leads to tear stains. So rather than regret it later, make sure to give your pooch a face wash frequently.