Caring for Small Dogs

Do you have a small dog? Little dogs are super cute, and can make great pets! These adorable pups do have slightly different needs than bigger pooches, however. Read on as a Diamond Bar, CA vet discusses small dog care.

Benefits of Small Dogs

Little pooches have a lot to offer! Many smaller dogs were bred as companion pets, so these adorable pooches are often very loving and cuddly. Small breeds are also great choices for people who live in apartments, and/or for elderly or disabled people who may have difficulty keeping up with bigger pups.

Training

Training is just as important for tiny dogs as it is for large ones. Many petite pups can be quite bossy, and can develop bad habits without proper training. Teaching Fido basic commands can also help you keep him from approaching dangerous areas or other animals, or running off. Since small breeds can get scared easily, you may want to teach your pet to put a paw on your leg when he wants to be picked up.

Supplies

When shopping for your furry friend, choose things that are specifically made for small pups. Little dogs can hurt themselves with toys and treats made for larger breeds! Because it’s easy to accidentally pull too hard on Fido’s leash and choke him, you may want to get a harness instead of a collar. If you want to take your canine buddy out and about with you, choose a carrier with a hard shell, as it will provide more protection than fabric. Last but not least, if you buy your pooch doggy clothes, avoid anything that is too hot or tight, as well as items with loose pieces or dangling parts that could be dangerous.

Safety

Small dogs often have breed-specific health and safety concerns. Dachshunds, for instance, can easily get serious back injuries from jumping or being held improperly, while brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, lose their breath very easily and shouldn’t be overexerted. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Activity

Although Fido may get plenty of activity just running around the house on those tiny legs, he’ll still benefit from the stimulation regular walks provide. Just be careful not to overexert your adorable pal. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your pet’s care? We can help! Contact us, your local Diamond Bar, CA animal hospital, anytime!

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