TEETHING PROBLEMS: Some puppies in the Shih Tzu breed experience teething troubles. The noses swell and pinch off some and they may have a little clear discharge. They make some snorting and snuffling sounds. They will usually outgrow this after the adult teeth come in. As long as they are playful and active and eating and drinking well, they are ok. If they can’t eat or drink well and are lethargic or the discharge changes color, they may have developed infection and need to be checked and treated. Most Shih tzu pups are fine after teething, and it is recommended not letting any surgery be done until after adult teeth are in.
Many Shih Tzu puppies nose's will become tight during the teething phase. It will often cause them to snort and mouth breath. This will go away usually around 12-16 weeks of age sometimes longer.
It is very different the Stenotic Nares (Pinched Nostrils). Which is noticed from birth.
We don't send Shih Tzu puppies home with Pinched Nostrils!
We want our Shih Tzu puppies to have open airways and to be able to Breath.
We would NEVER send out a Shih Tzu puppy with tight Nostrils.
Our vet opens the nose while the Shih Tzu puppy is being Spay/neutered.
Everything is done before you even meet your new Family member.
As a Shih Tzu Breeder of many years I don't want my new puppy parents to ever have to worry about
breathing problems as it can be very stressful on the new owners and the Shih Tzu puppy.