Whether you like larger or smaller pet; prefer a dog over a cat, all pets fulfill a special void in the life of the humans caring for it. Every pet brings its own special qualities into the home. If you are looking for a pet that loves to snuggle and cuddle, maybe the small dog is your choice to nurture and love. However, it is important that you know some of the special care required of the small dog. Contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian, Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home with questions and concerns in caring for your dog.
No doubt a small dog can bring to you a lot of joy, just as the larger breeds. They require less food, make smaller messes and can survive in smaller areas such as apartments and condos with minimal yard space. They can sit on your lap, cuddle in your arms and take in all the nurturing that you can and do provide. Just be sure to keep up with all vet visits to keep your baby as healthy as possible. Small dogs can be more prone to certain conditions such as hypoglycemia, hypothermia and injuries due to their fragility.
Hypoglycemia is very common in small dogs that is most times short-lived and easily maintained. Hypoglycemia is when there is a decreased level of glucose in the blood for dogs and humans. Besides seizures and being unresponsive, other symptoms are lethargy, weakness, tremors, unusual behavior, loss of appetite and coordination.
If you note any of these symptoms in your little dog, you can apply a small amount of honey or Karo syrup to the gums of your pup so it can be absorbed through the tissues in the mouth. When it comes to puppies, they may need to be fed more often to keep their glucose level at an even keel. If the dog however shows continual ill signs such as vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite, vet medical attention is detrimental to ward off dehydration, hypothermia and hypoglycemia. You can keep this condition under control with proper care and diet. Small dogs normally need a nice warm bed and blankets as opposed to the larger dogs.
Hypothermia can be a problem for owners living in frigid climates during the winter season. Small dogs most often are not fond of the cold and snow. Even if your dog loves the snow and being outdoors, remember that it does not take long to get frostbite, something your happy pup will not be considering. Protect your pet and don’t allow it to be outside any longer than it takes to get business done. Ensure warmth with a coat or sweater for smallest breed of dog. Forget the boots; most dogs will not wear them and they fail to fit well on those small feet. If there is snow, try to keep a path outside your home for your pet to avoid the paws and pads from getting frozen, which can happen in seconds. As you can see, does not take long for the little breed of dog to get cold, frostbite and hypothermia.
Small dogs are prone to hypothermia which is a decrease in their body temperature. They have tiny bodies with very little fat for protection from the elements. It is true that small dogs shiver for various reasons though your little dog may also show signs of being unresponsive with pale to blue gums. If your dog is cold and possibly suffering with hypothermia, be sure to wrap your pup immediately in a warm blanket or towel and rub the dog’s body to stimulate circulation. You can provide a heat source such as a hot water bottle or heating pad. Call your doctor to see if your dog needs further treatment.
Small dogs can be squirmy and wiggly when holding them. Many have jumped from an owners arms with fatal results. Be cautious when it comes to small children picking up and carrying a small bundle of jittery joy. Prevent small kids from picking up a small dog; insist they sit down at the pup's level in order to play in a fun but gentle manner.
Yes, it is true that special care should be taken when caring for the smaller breed but it does not mean you must polish it and put it on a shelf like a trophy; they may be small but they do have bigger than life personalities. Because you love to spoil them, some of these little guys can have socialization and behavior issues. Even the small pup needs to be well-socialized and trained from the time you bring it home. I know it feels great and nurturing to hold and cuddle your baby but you must also allow it to be the dog that it is so that others can enjoy visiting your home and family, including your snuggly, friendly pint-sized canine.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at email@example.com for further information.
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