Shih Tzus are known for their adorable personalities and loveable nature. They are also known for having diarrhea. Shih Tzus are prone to diarrhea because of their large intestine. The problem is that there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.
There are many different types of Shih Tzu diarrhea. Some are caused by parasites while others are caused by bacteria. In either case, the only thing that can be done is to treat the symptoms.
If you own a Shih Tzu, I’m sure you know that there is a product circling around social media that cures Shih Tzu diarrhea. It is called Nanosilver. It works by killing off the bacteria that causes Shih Tzu diarrhea and helps to keep the parasite population down.
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Time for another story.
Two weeks ago, I went out and bought food and some tasty treats for my dogs.
I got the usual, the Monelo dog food for adults and spring rolls (lumpia).
There’s a lady in our neighborhood who is an amazing cook. She sells delicious Filipino food. At times when I don’t have the time to cook, I run to her store to grab something to fill me throughout the day.
Often, I add extra spring rolls to my usual food order for my dogs.
I know some of you will cringe and say, *Hold up, sis. Isn’t that bad for dogs?*
I asked the lady what’s in it, and she said it’s mostly ground pork, carrots, and some salt and pepper, no artificial flavorings.
I have been buying spring rolls from her since God knows when, and my dogs love them, too.
Human foods are okay, BUT only in moderation.
Moving on with our story, the next day, I noticed something very strange.
No one’s eating.
No one’s pooping.
I wasn’t alarmed because sometimes, my dogs are like that. Moody and lazy, if you will.
But I became so worried when both of them popped that night.
I don’t see any blood though, nor internal parasites, but their poop is too watery and smelled really, really bad, like spoiled fish.
This is the first time I have encountered this health issue with them.
Obviously, I was naive. I didn’t know what to do. It was eight in the evening.
I haven’t noticed any change in behavior.
After they pooped, they went back to their old naughty self, playing, and annoying each other.
The next day, my Shih Tzu is still acting normal, but his older brother seems bored.
So, I put my rubber shoes on, and we went out for a walk.
It turned out to be a difficult walk. My dogs pooped 3 times, all watery stools.
I was in panic mode.
By the time we got home, I immediately went online and asked fellow Shih Tzu owners on a Facebook group about how to cure Shih Tzu diarrhea.
Most of them responded that I consult a veterinarian. While others suggested I buy Nanosilver.
And this marks the beginning of my dog’s journey towards healing and recovery.
But before we get started with this “miracle elixir”, let’s talk about Shih Tzu diarrhea.
Why I didn’t consult a Veterinarian
When this happened, we were in lockdown, I couldn’t find any vet that’s available for consult, online or offline.
So, I took the chance and asked other Shih Tzu owners for advice. I understand the risk, and I know that not all pet owners are responsible (unfortunately). But I find it comforting to find people online that experienced the same concern I have with my dogs.
Experience is the best teacher, they say. And this time around, I am taking my chances.
BUT, if you are in the position where a vet is available, please, by no means, consult him/her first before anything.
All right let’s get started.
What causes Shih Tzu diarrhea?
If your dog is experiencing an upset stomach, most likely, it’s Shih Tzu diarrhea. Although sometimes diarrhea can be a symptom of a much serious illness, some of the most common causes include:
1. Poor diet – Is your dog lactose intolerant? Are you feeding him too many kibbles? How often do you feed your dog? Unlike other breeds, Shih Tzu’s have sensitive stomachs. Therefore, we have to be mindful of what we feed them.
2. Dirty drinking water/dehydration – I give my dogs purified drinking water. I also make sure to keep their water bowls clean at all times, and I change their water as needed. If I see a food residue or any kind of dirt floating on their water, I replace it immediately.
3. Intestinal parasites – How often should we deworm our dogs? Here’s a helpful guide on deworming I found for your reference.
4. Changing of dog food too quickly – Can you imagine eating the same food every day for the rest of your life? Yeah, that’s what I thought. That’s the same feeling we have towards our dogs. We try to switch things up without realizing that it can be bad for them.
5. Foreign objects/intestinal blockage – Is your Shih Tzu a fan of chew toys? Beware, because chances are, they are certain bits and pieces found in dog toys that can cause an intestinal blockage which causes diarrhea.
What are the alarming signs that your Shih Tzu has diarrhea
1. Loss of appetite
2. Intestinal parasites found in your dog’s poop
3. Excess volume of stool/bloody stools/loose stools
4. Weight loss
5. Excessive drooling
6. Lack of energy, or sudden change of behavior
This was my Shih Tzu’s poop on the first night he showed signs of diarrhea.
Image of my Shih Tzu’s watery poop the next morning while walking.
How do you stop a Shih Tzu from having diarrhea?
The only way to stop a Shih Tzu from having diarrhea is to be responsible dog owners. We have to be mindful of what we give our dogs. Unlike other breeds, Shih Tzu’s have sensitive stomachs, which makes them prone to intestinal and stomach problems. Observe how your Shih Tzu digests his food, the amount, frequency, and if he’s drinking enough water.
Moreover, keeping tabs on your Shih Tzu’s deworming schedule is another preventive measure. Keep your dog’s medical records. Place them in an envelope or folder for easy access and safekeeping. I find that keeping documents like these helps vets to easily diagnose our pets because of the medical history we provide.
How long does it take for a dog to recover from an upset stomach?
I’m sure not all of us have the same experience. But I believe the recovery of dogs from an upset stomach depends on how severe the case is. My dogs recovered from diarrhea in just 3 days. I have read some research that there are instances where dogs need 2 weeks to a month to fully recover.
Why does my Shih Tzu keep getting diarrhea?
Unfortunately, we cannot pinpoint a single reason as to why a Shih Tzu keeps getting diarrhea. But there are preventive measures.
- Go easy on their food. Do not underfeed nor overfeed them.
- Try soft diet. My Shih Tzu loves boiled potatoes, bitter gourd, egg, and leafy greens. At times, I give him greek yogurt.
- Are you giving your Shih Tzu homemade salty foods?
- Are you feeding your Shih Tzu kibbles?
But the best way to know what this has been an undergoing issue with your Shih Tzu is to consult your vet. The doctor may recommend tests which can help identify the root cause and prescribe meds for your dog.
Natural home remedies vs Nanosilver for dogs: What is the best cure for Shih Tzu diarrhea?
Experience is the best teacher. So, they say.
From my experience, I find that Nanosilver was able to cure my dog’s diarrhea in as little as 3 days. I am also pleased that they did not show any adverse side effects.
I’m sure every Shih Tzu owner would only want what’s best for their little ones, myself included. Natural or not, what is important for me is my dogs will recover quickly.
It’s heartbreaking to see your pets get sick. I don’t want to prolong their agony just because I’m looking for cheap remedies.
And again, always, ALWAYS consult your veterinarian.
What is Nanosilver?
Nanosilver, also known as colloidal silver, is a silver nanoparticle that is known to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Silver nanoparticles are nanoparticles of silver between 1 nm and 100 nm in size.
After doing some research, I was surprised to find out that humans have been using silver for over 100 years because of its healing features.
Here are some of the best articles online if you want to know more:
A 500 ml bottle of Nature’s Nanosilver includes a feeding guide, 1 5ml syringe, and a 30 ml measuring cup
Benefits of Nanosilver for dogs
According to sources, nanotechnology is defined by the National Science Foundation as “the study and application of matter at dimensions ranging from 0.1 to 1000 nanometers.”
While some Shih Tzu owners use Nanosilver as a food supplement, I found out that Nanosilver is like a miracle elixir for common medical issues in dogs like:
1. Chronic diarrhea
3. Irregular blood sugar levels
4. Intestinal parasites
7. Eye conditions (inflammation, tear staining, allergies, etc.)
Moreover, there are many studies done with Nanosilver which show promising results.
For example, one study showed that Nanosilver can also treat ear infections in cats.
Another study shows that Nanosilver has anti-biotic properties against E. coli bacteria.
Lastly, another study shows that Nanosilvers’ ability to kill viruses makes them effective against the influenza A virus.
Instructions on how to use Nanosilver for dogs
1. Nanosilver for dogs does not require refrigeration or freezing for storage. Just keep it in a cool dry place away from sunlight or direct heat.
2. Nanosilver for dogs must be kept away from children at all times.
3. Nanosilver must be kept away from magnetic items, appliances, and other electronic devices.
4. Contamination affects the effectiveness and quality of the Nanosilver you purchased. Pour a small amount of Nanosilver into a glass or small measuring cup and use it to fill your syringe. Do not return what’s left back into the bottle to avoid contamination.
5. If your Shih Tzu won’t eat or drink, remove the needle from your syringe and fill it with Nanosilver. Then, insert the syringe gently and slowly in the inner cheek and not straight through the throat to prevent choking.
6. If you Shih Tzu can eat or drink, just mix the Nanosilver with his water or dog food. Avoid using metal food containers or dog bowls. Instead, use dog bowls that are made from plastic, ceramic, glass, or melamine.
7. Nanosilver for dogs is best taken before meals. Wait for 15 minutes, then give your Shih Tzu his food and/or vitamins. If your Shih Tzu is taking other meds, wait after 2 to 3 hours.
What is the recommended dosage for Nanosilver to cure Shih Tzu diarrhea
If your Shih Tzu is suffering from diarrhea, the recommended dosage for Nanosilver depends on his weight.
|Below 1 kilo||2 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 1 kilo||5 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 2 kilos but below 4 kilos||10 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 4 kilos but below 6 kilos||15 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 6 kilos but below 8 kilos||20 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 6 kilos but below 12 kilos||30 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
|Above 12 kilos and up||50 ml 3x a day for 5 days|
Very important notes:
* If your dog is not suffering from illnesses like Parvo or Distemper, Nanosilver can be administered twice a day
** For disease prevention, Nanosilver can be given ONCE A WEEK.
*** ALWAYS consult your veterinarian
If your dog is experiencing Shih Tzu diarrhea, it doesn’t matter if it’s mild or severe. Any type of illness requires serious attention.
I am glad that my dogs recovered because of Nanosilver. But it’s always best to consult your veterinarian first.
My biggest takeaway from this experience is to never take your dogs for granted.
Life happens, but it’s not an excuse.
Always check on them.
Happy dog, happy life.