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How To Care for Small Dog Breeds

June 1, 2018

Small dog breeds are known to be ideal to owners in a variety of living situations.

Most commonly, for people who live in relatively small spaces, they may find it best and most suitable for them to have small canine companions. Here at Petland, that makes sense to us! One thing is for sure, no matter where small dog breeds live, their little sizes require specific attention. Their needs should be addressed, in order for them to have happy and healthy lives. These are three helpful tips to follow when caring for small dog breeds.

Watch them closely.

When they’re not in your lap, and let’s face that’s where they’ll likely want to be, pay attention to their locations. Really small dog breeds can squeeze into really small spaces. They can injure themselves while trying to escape and maneuver from where they may be trapped. Something else to consider, when you’re entertaining you may want to crate your pup. Small dog breeds tend to be underfoot and your guests may not be as accustomed to that innate habit, as you are.

Keep your small dog breeds warm.

Because they’re small, they are more likely to be chilly. During fall and winter seasons, fit your pup with clothes to keep them comfortable. This can be pretty fun! There are tons of fashionable, yet practical clothes for small dog breeds, ranging form jackets and sweaters to t-shirts and tanks! At any rate, you want to make sure you always regulate their body temperature. Do the same during the summer when air conditioners are likely to be run pretty regularly. Try placing a heating pad in her crate to keep her warm, too. As always, monitor your pup.

Monitor their diets.

Some pet owners are misguided when feeding their small dog breeds. Just as large dogs are prone to obesity, small dog breeds aren’t exempt. Consult with your vet for the best high quality foods to feed them. Stick with the recommended portions. Look for a meat or fish based food, with no fillers such as ash or corn. Keep high fatty treats to a minimal, as they’re unhealthy for their diets, but also harmful to their teeth and gums. Make sure that you brush your dog’s teeth several times a week. Small dog breeds often suffer from tooth decay and gum disease, and frequent brushing will keep them healthy and in check!

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