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Six Tips for Caring for a Small Dog From Your Local Veterinarian

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A lot of our patients are adorable, tiny dog breeds. We completely understand the appeal of these dogs. They forever look like a cute little puppy! And a lot of the small dog breeds out there have wonderful personalities.

But these mini-pooches need special care if they’re going to live a long, happy, healthy life. That’s why we want to provide some care tips for these special little animals and their pet parents.

Six Tips on How to Care for Your Small Dog

Pet owners have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to optimal care for their pets. These are just a few of the ways to best care for your small breed dog.

1. Start by Choosing the Right Dog Breed

For future pet owners looking into small breed dog ownership, we have a recommendation – start with the right breed. This is the best way to ensure optimal care for the dog and companionship needs of the pet owner.

Small breed dogs include:

  • Pomeranian
  • Chihuahua
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Maltese
  • Japanese Chin
  • Papillon
  • Any number of Terriers, including Yorkshire, Norwich, and Norfolk
  • Pugs
  • Shih Tzu

Besides these, there are a number of miniature and teacup breeds of Yorkies, Pinschers, and Poodles.

Each dog breed has its own personality, energy level, and needs. Prospective owners should carefully research the breeds they’re interested in and see which fits them the best.

2. Focus on Training Right Away

House training is a must for every dog. This should be started as soon as a puppy or adopted adult dog is brought into the home. The more consistency a pet owner can offer the better! Dogs are smart. They’ll pick up on where they’re supposed to go to the bathroom and items within the home they’re supposed to stay away from.

In addition to house training, leash training is important as well. This type of training will help establish the owner as the “alpha dog” and the little pup will fall into line quickly, which will contribute to a happy home and a healthy relationship between dog and owner.

3. Choose the Best Food

All dogs should be given the healthiest diet possible. Smaller dogs have different nutritional needs than larger breeds.  By asking your vet, dog owners can find out which diet will suit the needs of their dog based on breed, weight, age, and health issues.

4. Schedule Regular Exams with Your Local Veterinarian

Seeing a veterinarian on a regular basis is extremely important. Not only does it allow the pet and the vet the opportunity to develop a safe and trustworthy relationship, it will help them provide the dog with the best care possible – right from the beginning.

5. Don’t Forget About Dental Health

Sometimes, pet owners are so concerned with the overall health of their dog they forget about their pet’s dental health. A dog’s teeth and gums are just as important as any other part of their body. Healthy teeth and gums will allow them to properly chew and digest their food, which promotes optimal health.

6. Try to See Things Through Your Dogs Eyes

The world looks very different from the perspective of a little dog. The sofa is really high off the ground, big dogs seem humongous, and people can look extra intimidating, too. If a dog expresses fear, try to see things from their perspective. Doing so will make owners more compassionate and dogs more at ease.

Finding the Right Care for Your Little Furry Friend

We understand how much your small breed dog matters to you. They’re your baby – we totally get this. And that is why we want to do all we can to help you care for your little pet.

At our veterinarian office, patients experience a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and vet team which is truly compassionate toward pets and their owners.

Have you taken your small dog to an veterinarian lately? If not, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our office


  1. I’ve recently purchased an adorable tiny dog. I think I will take her to a veterinarian for her first regular exam. As you’ve said, I should also make sure that I choose the best food for her so I’ll try to get recommendations from the veterinarian we’ll go to once I find one.

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