Shih Tzu Shopping List

Part of the Shih Tzu For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you bring home your new Shih Tzu, go shopping for pet supplies. Use the following list as a guide for picking up feeding, grooming, and general pet care items for your dog:

  • Premium puppy or adult dog food: kibble, canned, or both

  • * Dog treats (optional)

  • Stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls (they stay cleaner than plastic)

  • Natural bristle brush (stay away from nylon)

  • Pin brush

  • Stainless steel Greyhound comb (two sizes of teeth, one narrow and the other wider)

  • Shampoo specifically designed for dogs

  • Coat conditioner

  • Spray conditioner for use on dry coat during brushing

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs

  • Moisturizing eye drops (if vet-recommended)

  • Tear-stain remover (for light-coated dogs)

  • Hair accessories for the topknot. (Small plastic bands designed for small, long-coated dogs avoid hair breakage.)

  • Clippers, scissors, and mat splitter (if you're grooming your own dog)

  • Toenail clippers

  • Small crate or kennel

  • Pet carrier or shoulder bag

  • Bedding

  • Lightweight leash

  • Collar or harness

  • Identification tags

  • Safe toys with no small parts that can break off and become a choking hazard

  • Pens or baby gates

  • Pet bed and other furniture

  • Luxury items like jewelry, clothing, fancy spa products, and Shih Tzu paraphernalia for you

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Shih Tzu For Dummies Cheat Sheet