your small dog
Keep your dog healthy and happy with our easy tips on weight watching and grooming, learn how to have the best vet visits possible and stave off allergies and other seasonal pests.
Four steps to
a healthier dog
Weight management is essential to a long, healthy life since even a little extra weight can be a problem for small breeds.
Follow these four steps to support your small dog’s health and wellbeing.
1. Track your dog’s weight
Weigh your dog regularly, use a weight-tracking chart to track his progress and assess his body condition score regularly. Most vets’ offices have scales you can use free of charge.
2. Include healthy activity
Whether it’s romping around indoors or in the park, make sure your dog is getting physical activity to get healthy and stay that way.
3. Visit your vet often
Your vet knows your pet’s ideal weight, how fast he should be losing weight and which foods are best for each stage of the weight management plan.
4. Maintain an ideal weight for life
Once your dog has attained ideal weight, switch to a simple weight maintenance plan, with regular exercise and proper nutrition. Maintaining ideal weight is important for:
- Supporting a long life expectancy
- Promoting healthy joints and mobility
- Promoting a healthy heart
Caution: concerning small or miniature breed puppies
A weight loss plan is never a safe option for puppies unless your veterinarian recommends it. If you are concerned that your puppy has a weight problem, see your veterinarian. Do not simply begin feeding weight management dog food.
Grooming and bathing your small breed dog
Grooming your dog yourself can save you quite a bit of money. Not only that, but giving your dog a brush and a bath can be a wonderfully fun experience for the both of you, provided you follow our simple guide.
Making the most
of your vet trips
Regular check-ups will help your dog and your vet get to know each other better. However, there are lots of sights, smells, sounds, people and animals at the vet that may be new and unfamiliar to your dog, so follow our simple tips to make trips to the clinics easier on the both of you.
Allergies and other pesky seasonal problems
The same pollens and house dust that cause allergic reactions in people often cause allergic dermatitis in small breed dogs, an inflammation of the skin that causes licking, scratching or even hair loss, and above all, discomfort for your dog.
Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. Your vet can prescribe a heartworm preventive and recommend the appropriate testing and a preventative schedule for your dog. Consult your vet immediately if you suspect that your dog has heartworms.
There are many new, highly effective topical or oral products available to guard against fleas. Frequent vacuuming removes flea eggs from rugs and carpeting (promptly dispose of the vacuum bag). Laundering your dog’s bedding is also advised.
Ticks are nasty little parasites that spread infectious diseases like ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. Every small breed owner should keep a watchful eye on their dogs' skin. If found, remove ticks as soon as possible and be sure to wear gloves when getting rid of them.