Bigger might be better to some but also the best comes in small packages especially when it comes to tiny dogs! Small dogs are compact, transportable, fond of affection and generally more affordable than larger ones. They can also be easier to look after because they eat less so they produce less waste. They are however known for having huge personalities compared to their tiny size. Pet owners have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the care of their pets.
Small breed dogs include:
Little dogs tend to live longer than large dogs, sometimes by several years. And there are just a few of the ways to best care for your small breed dog so they have a longer life.
All dogs should be fed a diet that is as healthy as possible. The dietary requirements of smaller dogs vary from those of larger breeds. Dog owners can find out which diet will fit their dog's needs based on breed, weight, age, and health problems by asking their veterinarian.
To keep your dog in their best shape you need to consider all the ways they can prevent problems from occurring. Seeing a veterinarian on a regular basis is extremely important, because it allows the pet and the vet the opportunity to develop a trustworthy relationship, it also helps them provide the dog with the best care possible. All dogs should enjoy a life filled with health, energy and vitality.
For small breeds there are certain medical conditions which they may be prone to. Hip dysplasia is common amongst small dogs and some are more likely to suffer problems with a slipped patella. There are also skin afflictions and some breeds who have been bred to have squashed up noses, like pugs, and can suffer breathing problems which may lead to snuffling.
All dogs are prone to dental problems, small dogs can get tooth decay and gum disease so you should invest in dental pads or toothbrushes specifically for small breeds. It's important to clean your dog's teeth once a week to keep any dental problems from occurring, plus dental treats also help keep them clean and fresh breath.
Some warning signs that something may really be wrong to take into consideration about the health of your small dog are extreme lethargy, appearance of being in pain or refusal to eat. So don't be afraid to ask for advice from your vet if you're worried. A dog can't tell you if it feels ill, so you have to be able to spot any changes.
Take in mind that small dogs feel the cold easily because they have no winter undercoat, they can quickly develop hypothermia, when it's cold out, always make sure you dress your little dog appropriately.
As mentioned, small dog breeds live for a long time so it's important to look after them properly so they can have a long, happy and healthy life. Still any dog, big or small deserves not only your love, but also some work on your part.
We understand how much your small breed dog matters to you, that is why we want to do all we can to help you care for your little pet. At Salazar Veterinary Hospital your pet will receive a high quality service, contact us today for more info!