Small Dog Care Tips

Small Dog Care Tips

Do you have a pint-sized pup? Little dogs can make wonderful pets. Many of them were bred to be companion animals, so these cute pooches are often quite cuddly and lovable by nature. Fido’s basic needs—good food, comfy shelter, and proper veterinary care—will be the same as that of any other dog. However, small pups do have some specific care needs. A Fox Chapel, PA vet lists some of them below.

Training

Many people don’t take as much time training small dogs as they do large ones. This is in part because people often assume that their pups don’t pose much of a threat. However, training is really just as important for Pomeranians as it is for Great Danes. Proper training can keep Fido from running off or approaching dangerous areas. Make sure your pet knows basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Exercise

While all dogs need proper activity to stay healthy, little pooches may not need quite as much exercise as big pooches. Fido may get quite a workout in just running around the house on those short legs! Ask your vet for advice.

Products

When shopping for Fido, always choose products that were made specifically for small dogs. Your furry pal could hurt himself on things made for larger pooches! Ask your vet for more information.

Fear

Little dogs often get scared easily, and may feel uneasy around other dogs. You may want to teach your pet that you will pick him up if he puts a paw on your leg.

Weather

Small pooches often don’t much care for walking in the snow! Pick your pet up when walking through unplowed areas when there is more than a few inches of snow on the ground.

Food

Be careful not to overfeed your canine friend. Small dogs can become obese very easily! Chubby dogs may be cute, but they are also at risk of developing some very serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Tearstains

Fido may be prone to getting tearstains. Small dogs often get dust in their eyes, since they are so close to the ground. Use a cotton ball to gently clean the gunk off.

Please contact River Valley Veterinary Hospital, your Fox Chapel, PA vet clinic, serving the Fox Chapel area, anytime. We’re here to help!

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