Small Breed Dog Care
Small breed dogs are great cuddle partners and playtime pals, but if you want them to enjoy a long, healthy life, it’s important that you care for them properly. Small dog breeds require different care than larger breeds because they are prone to different health issues. At Germantown Vet, we’re experts when it comes to small breed dogs, and we can help you with all of their medical needs!
Keep your dog’s health in check by scheduling a routine physical exam at our Germantown, MD animal hospital. Fill out the form to the right or call 240-252-7467240-252-7467.
Caring for Your Small Breed Dog
Exercise Is Important
Exercise isn’t just for the big dogs—it’s important that you provide ample exercise for your little guy to keep him or her healthy and happy. In fact, many small breeds thrive on exercise and need outlets for their energy, such as Jack Russell terriers. We recommend providing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for your dog. Some great options include going for walks, working on training exercises, playing Frisbee or ball, and more!
Don’t Let Your Little Dog Get Away with Things
One very common issue we see with many owners of small dogs is that they let their little dog get away with things they would never let a big dog get away with. Whenever your dog does something bad, ask yourself if you would be upset if a big dog did it—if the answer is yes, then your little dog shouldn’t be doing it either! Training is incredibly important for little dogs, and you need to make sure they refrain from behaviors such as jumping, growling, clawing, tugging on the leash, and more.
Keep Barking and Aggression in Check
Little dogs are known for barking and aggression, and it’s important that you keep these behaviors in check with training. Not only will it make life easier for you, but it will be easier for your pup as well because it will reduce their anxiety and stress level. Help your dog differentiate between what is a safe environment and what is an actual threat.
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Keep Your Little Dog Happy and Healthy
There are many health concerns that are more common in small breeds, such as:
- Brachiocephalic issues – dogs with squashed little faces and short snouts can make dogs look super cute, but those same characteristics can also be a cause for concern when it comes to your pet’s health. Short muzzles can cause serious breathing issues, such as wheezing, snorting, and heavy panting—and when it hot climates, it can lead to heat prostration.
- Temperature variations – people might joke about small dogs in sweaters during the winter, but that doggie accessory may actually mean the difference between life and death. Weather extremes are serious threats to the health of small dogs because they have a smaller surface area, meaning they can’t adjust as well to temperature extremes as their larger cousins can. Make sure your pup doesn’t get too cold or too hot, because either can lead to a life-threatening situation.