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Small Dog Care Tips

Do you have a small dog? Our canine pals come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all! Little dogs make adorable pets. Because many smaller breeds were bred to be companion dogs, these guys tend to be very cuddly and loving. However, Fido will have some slightly different care needs than his larger counterparts. A London, ON vet offers tips on caring for a small dog in this article.

Clothes

If your canine buddy has thin fur, he’ll need some extra protection against the cold in winter. When shopping for Fido, make sure to choose things that are not hot, tight, or itchy. You’ll also want to avoid anything with zippers, small parts, and/or dangling threads, as well as anything that restricts your pet’s vision or movement.

Leash

It’s very easy to accidentally choke a small dog or block his windpipe when he is on a leash. We recommend getting a harness, rather than a collar, for your furry friend.

Dental Care

Make sure to keep up with Fido’s dental care needs. Smaller dogs often have issues with their choppers, in part because their mouths are prone to misalignments and overcrowding.

Training

Just because Fido is tiny doesn’t mean he’s off the hook when it comes to behaving politely. In fact, many small dogs can be quite bossy. Teach your little buddy basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important for both safety and petiquette!

Weight

Obesity is a common problem in small breeds. Even just feeding your pooch ten extra calories a day can cause him to gain a pound a year. Pay close attention to your pet’s portion sizes, and don’t overfeed him.

Exercise

Just like any other dog, Fido needs regular activity to stay healthy. However, you’ll need to be careful not to overexert the little guy. Small dogs have to work pretty hard to cover ground on those little legs. Your furry buddy may get a good workout in just racing around the house!

Pet Ramps

Small dogs often have a hard time jumping and climbing. Consider setting out some pet ramps or stairs to help your four-legged buddy get on and off beds, sofas, and couches.

Please reach out to us, your local London, ON vet clinic, for all your small dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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