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Caring for a Small Dog

Do you have a pint-sized pooch? Little dogs are super cute! Many smaller breeds were bred to be companion dogs, and are very lovable and cuddly. These little guys do have different care needs than their bigger counterparts, however. Read on as an Omaha, NE vet discusses small dog care.

Training

Training is just as important for small dogs as for big ones. Many little pooches tend to be a bit bossy, and will run headfirst into trouble if they can. Teach your pet basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Exercise

While every dog needs some sort of activity, many small dogs get enough exercise just running around the house. That said, your furry friend will still benefit from the change of scenery and stimulation daily walks provide. Just be sure not to overexert the little guy. Your vet may also recommend using a halter rather than a collar, for safety reasons.

Safety

Many smaller dogs are easily frightened, and sometimes feel safer being held. Teach your canine pal to put a paw on your leg when he wants to be picked up.

Food

Nutrition is very important! Give your dog high-quality, nourishing brand of dog food, preferably one that is made for small breeds, but don’t overindulge him. Ask your vet for more information.

Clothes

You’ll find a wide variety of clothes made for little pooches. Just be careful not to dress your canine buddy in anything that is tight, constricting, or itchy. Ask your vet for more advice.

Stairs

If you think about it, the average chair or sofa is probably several times your pup’s height! Doggy ramps or stairs will make it easier for him to get on and off the couch or bed.

Toys/Treats

Toys and treats made for big dogs can be very dangerous for small breeds! Choose products that are made for small pooches.

Grooming

Your pet’s grooming needs will depend on his breed. Some smaller dogs need regular beauty treatments, while others need only occasional grooming. It isn’t uncommon for little dogs to get tearstains. This is in part because they get a lot of dust in their eyes from being so low to the ground. Ask your vet for recommendations on keeping that furry face clean.

Please feel free to contact us, your Omaha, NE animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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