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Shih Tzu pet insurance

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The Shih Tzu is a very wonderful dog breed, commonly referred to as “Lion Dogs”. It is an affectionate, playful and outgoing dog breed. Perhaps, the Shih Tzu is best described by the American teacher and composer James Mumsford. Mumsford said “nobody knows how the ancient eunuchs managed to mix together: a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a teaspoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin”.

Mumsford’s panegyric said it all about Shih Tzu, it even touches the origin of the dog breed. As a matter of fact, Shih Tzu is one of the 14 oldest dog breeds in the world today. Archeological evidence proves that the breed was present as early as 8,000 B.C. in China. Some historians believe that Chinese royalty received the dog as a gift from Tibetan monks, yet some others believe that the breed was developed by crossing Pekingnese with Lhasa Apso.

As wonderful as canines in this breed are, they may be prone to certain medical conditions as they grow old, just like any other dog breed. This is why you need to take out Shih Tzu pet insurance. With the right pet insurance, you will be able to provide the best veterinary care to your pet no matter the medical condition.

When taking out Shih Tzu pet insurance, you should make sure that you get the coverage as early as possible. Most Canadian pet insurers do not cover pre-existing conditions. This means that if the pet is diagnosed with any chronic medical condition before the start date of the policy, such condition will be excluded from the policy.

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Why Shih Tzu Pet Insurance Is Important

The Shih Tzu is an adaptable and friendly breed. They have a median lifespan of 10 to 16 years according to the UK Kennel Club. Just like any other dog breed, canines in this breed are prone to several health issues. Some of the health issues are responsible for deaths in the breed.

Shih Tzus are prone to hypothyroidism, intervertebral disk disease, breathing problems, eye issues and so forth. Standard sizes of the breed may have hip dysplasia and some dogs may even have portosystemic shunt of the liver. Some of these health issues cost thousands of dollars in veterinary treatment.

With the rising cost of veterinary care, the cost of treating your Shih Tzu may even be higher. However, when you take out Shih Tzu pet insurance, you will be able to provide your lovely lion dog with the best veterinary care without considering the cost.

Here is a list of common sicknesses Shih Tzu might develop:

  • Allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Juvenile Renal Dysplasia (JRD)
  • Bladder Stones and Bladder Infections
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Distichiasis
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Snuffles
  • Portosystemic liver shunt
  • Umbilical Hernias, etc.

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Shih Tzu Pet Insurance Statistics

Origin: China

Average height: 9 – 11.0 inches

Average weight: 9 – 16 pounds

Life expectancy: 10 – 18 years

Colors: Usually multiple color coats; Gold, Dark/Light Brown, White, Black, Grey

Exercise requirements: Less than 40 minutes per day

Temperament: Affectionate, Active, Lively, Alert, Loyal, Clever, Independent, Courageous, Outgoing, Friendly, Intelligent, Playful, Gentle, Happy, Spunky.

Health: They are healthy overall but prone to conditions like hip dysplasia, allergies, patellar luxation, juvenal renal dysplasia, bladder stones and bladder infections, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.

Energy level: Average

The tendency to Bark: High

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Shih Tzu Pet Insurance News

As a result of what could be labeled as one of the biggest highway vehicle pileups in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, Obi was lost in the world. But the lost Shih Tzu has made it back safely.

When driving with her two boys and the family dog on February 18, Tanya Cassell Pardy’s car became one of the 15 vehicles that piled up on the Trans-Canada Highway at Birchy Narrows east of Deer Lake. The family was returning from a visit with Cassell’s father in Hampden when the snow squalls occurred.

Cassell Pardy said it was instant. I could not believe it. One second it was sunny, then the next second I couldn’t see a thing. Before I knew it, a crash happened ahead of me and we went full into a transport truck, she said.

Having survived the head-on crash, the family was rear-ended by another vehicle. Although they were shaken and bruised, the family survived the traffic, crash, and trucks. Cassell and her two kids were safe but Obi was nowhere to be found. Although she was devastated about the dog, Cassell’s first priority was to get her sons away from the scene.

Cassell posted on Facebook about Obi asking anybody in the area to keep an eye out for the dog. She said she posted in hopes of getting his body back to be able to get some closure. Thankfully, the post was shared all over the province. A married couple on the west coast spotted the dog near the crash. The wanted to lure the dog over after the crash but he was scared and ran away.

As a result, Cassidy’s husband Dean and his father-in-law picked up the Shih Tzu’s track and finally found him out there in the wild, almost frozen.

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Shih Tzu Pet Insurance FAQ


Are Shih Tzus prone to separation anxiety?

Shih Tzus are prone to separation anxiety more than most breeds. It is very important to spend a lot of time with them when they are young.

Is Shih Tzu protective of their owners?

Shih Tzu is a very loyal dog breed. So, they can be very protective and can sometimes serve as effective guard dogs. They are completely unaware of their size.

How soon does pet insurance take effect?

Pet insurance providers in Canada will always require you to wait for some days before the coverage will become effective. The number of days (the waiting period) may vary from one pet insurer to the other.

Can you get pet insurance after diagnosis?

If your Shih Tzu is diagnosed with any medical condition before the start date of the pet insurance policy, the condition will be excluded from the Shih Tzu pet insurance.

What medical conditions are common with Shih Tzu?

Several medical conditions are common with Shih Tzu. Examples include hip dysplasia, allergies, patellar luxation, juvenal renal dysplasia, bladder stones, and bladder infections, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.

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