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Caring For A Small Dog

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all. While pups all do share some common traits, Fido’s size will play a large role in his personality and care needs. With so many apartment dwellers in this area, quite a few of our canine patients are on the small side. A local Somerville, MA vet offers tips on caring for these little dogs in this article.

Training

Little dogs sometimes don’t get as much training as larger dogs, simply because people don’t see them as much of a risk. However, teaching Fido basic commands like Sit, Stay, and Come is important for his safety! After all, you don’t want your dog running up to a much larger pooch, or taking off if you drop his leash. You may also want to teach your pet to put his paw on your leg when he wants to get picked up.

Products

When shopping for Fido, always pick products made for smaller breeds. Your canine friend could hurt himself on toys made for bigger pooches! Plus, treats and food made for larger dogs may not be a good fit for him nutritionally.

Puppyproofing

Little dogs often get underfoot, which is of course adorable. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Keep an eye on Fido, especially in crowded situations! You’ll also need to do some puppyproofing.

Exercise

Just like bigger dogs, your pint-sized pooch will need proper activity to stay healthy. Be careful not to overexert your furry buddy. Fido can get tired out pretty quickly on those little legs! Ask your vet for recommendations.

Teeth

Dental care is very important! Little dogs can be prone to dental issues, such as overcrowding. Have Fido’s teeth checked regularly, and ask your vet for home care tips.

Grooming

Keep up with Fido’s grooming needs! Many little dogs can—and should—be clipped, so you may want to take him to the salon. Tear stains are often an issue with little dogs. This may be because small pups get a lot of dust in their eyes, being so close to the ground. Gently clean your dog’s face with a good tearstain remover. If your furry friend has hair tufts getting into his eyes, trim these back. Just be sure to use round-end scissors.

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