We are the only breeder that has our adult dogs cleared for inheritable back disease so we do not pass it on to our puppies!!! Like I always say we leave nothing up to chance... why should you!
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) this is commonly found in the Shih Tzu breed and we cover it in our warranty too and we are the only breeder that does!
Shorkies Can Have Back Problems Because of the Shih Tzu in them. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a common condition in shih tzus. The disease is caused when the jelly-like cushion between one or more vertebrae slips or ruptures,causing the disc to press on the spinal cord. If your dog issuddenly unable or unwilling to jump up or go up stairs, isreluctant to move around, has a hunched back, cries out, orrefuses to eat or go potty, she is likely in severe pain. Shemay even drag her back feet or be suddenly paralyzed and
unable to get up or use her back legs.
If you see symptoms, don’t wait. Call us or an emergency clinic immediately!
For less severe cases, rest and medication may resolve the problem. In many cases involving paralysis, we’ll recommend surgical removal the ruptured discs (within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms to get the best results). As with so many other diseases, weight control helps to prevent this problem. But do not let any breeder tell you it is not genetic. This is something that is passed on down the lines and we make sure you are covered.