Small Dog Health Problems

Small dog breeds are wonderful pets—people adore them for their loyalty, ease of care, manageable size, and general cuteness! Smaller dogs are prone to certain disorders and health concerns, though, more so in some cases than large dogs. Here, a Stafford veterinarian discusses some of the potential health concerns for small breeds.

Dental Disease

Small dogs are prone to dental diseases like periodontal disease. The older they get, the more likely these may be to develop. Regular brushing and mouth-care maintenance will help prevent these. Ask your Stafford vet about keeping your dog’s mouth healthy throughout her life.

Skin Allergies

Many small breeds have a more sensitive immune system than larger dogs. Contact with allergens, ingestion of foods that trigger allergies, or flea bites may make your small dog exhibit skin problems. Call your Stafford vet if you notice anything unusual with your pet’s skin or fur.

Low Blood Sugar

Toy breeds are especially prone to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. If your dog doesn’t get treatment quickly, severe symptoms like seizures, collapse, and even death can occur. Low blood sugar can be avoided with proper diet—ask your Stafford veterinarian if your small dog is eating the right kind of food.

Reactions to Drugs

Due to their smaller size, little dogs may have more adverse reactions to drugs, medications, vaccinations, and chemicals than a larger dog. Spreading out vaccinations and limiting the amount of medication taken at one time may help. Ask your Stafford vet about your dog’s particular situation and how you might avoid any bad reactions.

Urinary Tract Issues

Whether it is because of higher emotional sensitivity or physical issues, smaller-breed dogs are more prone to urinary tract issues. Again, a good diet is the best way to avoid urinary problems, as well as regular veterinary check-ups. Set up an appointment with your Stafford vet today!


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