If your Shih Tzu has just begun making these noises or if you have noticed an evident increase with this, it can be due to one of several reasons:
1. The palate can become swollen due to excessive barking and/or panting – If this happens often enough or to a serious degree, surgery may be needed. While you should have your veterinarian examine the area, in some cases this is only temporary.
2. There may be another obstruction…It can be an abnormal growth…or even a toy or other object that is blowing the breathing passages…You would be surprised how many dogs swallow non-food elements…ranging from necklaces to shoelaces to socks!
3. Weight gain is the #1 reason for an increase in Shih Tzu snoring and snorting. As fat layers build up and put pressure on the neck and face, this weighs down an already compressed area, causing problems. Since the Tzu is so small, even a gain of 1 or 2 pounds can create a health issue in this regard. If it is determined that your Tzu needs to lighten up, this should be done gradually over a period of time. For most, one pound per month is a realistic goal. This is done by combining 3 methods: A decrease of fatty foods and unnecessary snacks, an increase of healthy foods and an increase in activity.
Since this breed is susceptible to overheating and can have breathing problems
if exercise is too taxing. It is recommended to simply add 5 minutes to your daily walk each week.
Therefore, week #1 would see an increase from 20 minutes to 25…Week #2 would bring us to 30 minute and so on, until you have reached the goal of 40. Remember to bring along extra water and a collapsible bowl, take rests if needed and to avoid walking during the hottest time of the day… Dawn and dusk are preferable times to head out with your little Tzu.