A successful purchase means buying a Shih Tzu that is in excellent condition.  It is essential for their health, comfort, and relationship with their new owner.

Asking the breeder for a health certificate is a good start.  You also need to know what the health certificate covers. At its best, the Shih Tzu should have been checked by a veterinarian to ensure their overall good health. They should be free of any illnesses and health conditions.  The Shih Tzu you buy needs to have the range of immunizations appropriate to their age. The de-worming treatments suitable for their age must be done before you buy them.  All of these factors go into buying a Shih Tzu that is in ideal condition.

A good breeder will also provide a written guarantee of the Shih Tzu’s health and condition when you decide to purchase. Depending upon the particular breeder, this can include an agreement to refund your money or exchange the Shih Tzu for a different one.  These guarantees are usually valid for a specific length of time.

Even if the breeder has given you a health certificate, it is still a good idea to have your new Shih Tzu checked by your own veterinarian.  There are two important reasons for this.  First, it will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your new pet is completely healthy.  Second, it will help you to develop a relationship with the veterinarian.


Choosing a good veterinarian must be on your list of things to do when preparing to buy or rescue a Shih Tzu.  If you do not already have one, you need to find the one who is best suited to you and your new pet.  A good veterinarian will not object to you touring their facilities, and will be glad to answer your questions.

As you and your veterinarian will be in each other’s lives for your pet’s sake, a good rapport is not only useful, but essential.  As you probably chose a family doctor by selecting the one you were comfortable with, the same is true when choosing a veterinarian for your Shih Tzu.  Interacting with you in a polite, professional manner is a positive sign.  Understanding that you have many questions, and is willing to take the time to answer them, is another.

If you have the opportunity to observe the veterinarian and his staff with other animals, it can be very helpful.  You can see how they treat the animals, and how they interact with them.  The veterinarian and their staff who routinely show kindness and true concern for their patients are the ones you can trust with your new Shih Tzu.  The veterinarian or staff who shows impatience or other lack of interest should be avoided.

Vet Availability For Your Shih Tzu

The veterinarian you choose should either be available for emergencies, or provide you with the information on another veterinarian to contact.  While few are on-call around the clock, you need to know what to do if an emergency occurs after-hours, on weekends, or holidays.

Your veterinarian should provide you with all of the details you need for your Shih Tzu’s ongoing good health.  This includes letting you know when your pet needs to have their immunizations updated, the best way to deal with any health concerns, and how to avoid unnecessary health problems.  The veterinarian who shows a sincere interest in your Shih Tzu is the best choice.


While your Shih Tzu’s physical health and condition make for a successful re-homing, their psychological condition is equally relevant.  Although a good breeder keeps their dogs and puppies psychologically fit, your new pet may come with attitudes or behavioural problems that you had not considered when you bought them.  This is another reason why visiting your Shih Tzu before you take them home is a good idea, if it is possible.  If not, you may need to rely on the breeder for complete honesty about these issues.

The physical and psychological condition of your new Shih Tzu can mean the difference between a successful adoption and heartache.  You want the best Shih Tzu you can find, and to be assured that all reasonable precautions have been taken for them to have a long, healthy, happy life.  The small amount of time which you invest in being sure they are in good condition will benefit both your Shih Tzu and yourself for many years to come.  Life with your new friend will be the wonderful experience you are looking forward t

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