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A healthy and well behaved shih tzu is what every shih tzu owner aims. Training, proper care and diet are provided in order to reach that aim. However, not all shih tzu owners are successful in keeping their shih tzu healthy and free from diseases or health issues. Sometimes, these tiny creatures get what they're not supposed to have.

Flea infestation is one of the most common problems affecting dogs regardless of breed. Fleas wouldn't be a problem only if they do not harm their host. However, fleas feed on their host's blood, causing skin irritation, allergic reactions, anemia and sometimes, death. In addition, most of them often carry tapeworms that can cause severe itching and even allergy.

Detecting flea infestation in a shih tzu is not quite easy. Their double-coated, dense, long and flowing coat makes it difficult for you to detect fleas. But if you will just look for signs, you will soon find out what makes Fluffy scratch like crazy. Scratching is one important sign that must not be taken for granted. If your pet scratches, he may have been bitten or he may also have dry skin, allergy or mange mites. Aside from scratching, he may also bite at his rear end especially around his tail or the inside or outside of his thighs.

Since fleas feed on blood, for sure they will excrete blood. Look for small bits of brown dust attached to the fur itself. If the dust dissolves into reddish liquid when dropped into wet paper towel, that for sure wasn't an ordinary dust but flea dirt. An indication that you must do something to get rid of fleas in your shih tzu.

There are various ways to remove fleas. Use a flea comb to search for and remove fleas. You can dab some petroleum jelly on the comb to make the fleas stick to its teeth. Give particular attention in the armpits, between your dog's toes, behind and in the ears, around the tail and head. Some are using chemical and commercial medications as well as electronic flea traps to get rid of fleas easily. But due to safety issues, some owners prefer natural treatment and prevention such as natural ingredient-based flea repellents.

Yes, there are ways to get rid of flea infestation but prevention is better than cure right? Inspecting your pet each day and after going outdoors are sure ways to prevent your beloved shih tzu from being infested by fleas.

Richard Cussons is a writer and a dog expert. He has written articles about Shih Tzu as well as other breeds of dogs. Learn Shih Tzu training tips from

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