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Small Dog Care Tips

Do you have a pint-sized pooch? Our canine pals come in all different shapes and sizes, and they are all adorable. Many smaller breeds were bred to be companion pets, so these adorable little guys are often very cuddly and loving pets. Small dogs do have some specific care needs, however. Read on as a Carteret County, NC vet offers advice on caring for little dogs.

Training

Training is just as important for tiny dogs as it is for big ones. Little pooches sometimes think they are larger than life, and can get, well, a bit bossy. You don’t want your pet nipping at people’s ankles or charging at bigger dogs. Make sure your four-legged friend knows basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Smaller dogs sometimes get scared easily, so you may also want to teach Fido that putting a paw on his leg will get him picked up.

Gear

Your vet may recommend a harness, instead of a leash, for Fido. With little breeds, it’s very easy for people to inadvertently yank on their pets’ collars. This can choke a petite pooch. You definitely don’t want that!

Grooming

Little dogs can get dirty very quickly. Many of them are also prone to getting tearstains, which may be in part because they get dust in their eyes so easily. Ask your vet for advice on keeping your furry pal clean.

Toys

Make sure to only choose toys and treats that are specifically made for small breeds. Fido could injure himself on products made for bigger pooches!

Food

A good diet is a crucial aspect of Fido’s care routine. You’ll want to give your little buddy a premium food that is made specifically for small dogs. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations, including serving sizes, supplements, and suitable snacks.

Exercise

Small dogs don’t need quite as much activity as big dogs, because they get a lot of exercise just running around the house on those little legs. Take care not to overexert your canine buddy. It doesn’t take much to wear a tiny pooch out! That said, most dogs benefit from the exercise and change of scenery provided by daily walks. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Do you have questions or concerns about your small dog’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your local Carteret County, NC animal clinic, today.

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