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Caring for
your small dog

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Flea control

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.

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