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Pets by Size
 
Top 11 Pet Breeds
Find out more information on the behaviors, appearances, and overall characteristics of the most popular pet breeds.
 
 
 

Small Dog Breed Guide

 
 
 
  

List of Top 10 Small Dog Breeds:

 
1. Dachshund 6. Lhasa Apso
2. Pug 7. Westie
3. Jack Russell Terrier 8. Rat Terrier
4. Shetland Sheepdog 9. Heeler
5. Bichon Frise 10. Cairn Terrier
  

  

Guide Highlights for Small Dogs:

 
  •   Prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms year-round.
  •   Clean your small dog's ears regularly.
  •   Help maintain your dog's joint health.
  •   Help reduce shedding and promote a healthy coat.
  •   Prevent oral diseases with regular dental care.
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    Step 1: Prevention



    Provide year-round prevention for fleas and heartworms.
     
     
    • Small dogs are especially sensitive or allergic to flea bites, often getting skin infections and hot spots. It only takes one bite!
    • If your small dog is sensitive, try Advantage, a gentle, yet effective flea preventative.
    • Heartworm disease is extremely dangerous for all dogs regardless of breed, size, or gender. The American Heartworm Society reports dogs in all 50 states are diagnosed with heartworms throughout the year (even in winter). Reduce your dog's risk with monthly prevention -- use a topical heartworm preventative like Revolution.
     
      

      

    Step 2: Ear Health



    Clean your small dog's ears regularly.
     
    • 80% of dogs with allergies get ear infections. And small dogs are especially prone to allergies!
    • If your little one has hair in its ear canal (e.g., Schnauzers, Westies, Bichon Frises, Lhasa Apsos, Long-haired Dachshunds & American Eskimos), it is especially important that you clean its ears regularly to avoid bacteria & yeast buildup.
    • Try our Ear Cleansing Solution which cleans and deodorizes, possibly avoiding infections.
      

      

    Step 3: Joints



    Help maintain your dog's active lifestyle with joint supplements.
     
    • Small dogs are known for jumping off couches and onto beds, but often their little joints cannot sustain the constant pressure. As your dog matures, he/she may show less interest in playing.
    • Since small dogs live longer, it is important to start supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin early so they can enjoy an active lifestyle later.
    • We love to give our little dogs treats, but why not give your pooch Blue Buffalo Dog Treats, which help support healthy hips! Blue Dog Treats come in a natural chicken jerky, and contain glucosamine and chondroitin to keep your pet's joints healthy.
      

      

    Step 4: Skin and Coat



    Help reduce shedding and promote a healthy coat.
     
    • Omega 3 is a wonderful supplement for small breeds because it has so many benefits. It helps your dog maintain healthy skin, joints, and organs. And, it reduces shedding and helps your little dog's beautiful coat shine.
    • Small breeds like Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Dachshunds, and Schnauzers have so many skin issues because they are allergy prone. A few spritzes of Be Soothed. can alleviate itching and soothe irritated skin.
    • For white dogs like Westies and Bichon Frises, our Be Bright White Shampoo brightens and removes yellow stains.
      

      

    Plus: Oral Care



    Routine oral care can greatly reduce your dog's risk of plaque and periodontal disease.
     
    • All dogs can easily develop dental disease so it's important to brush their teeth with C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste.
    • We know this is not easy, so it helps to use dental water additives that kill bacteria and plaque like Be Fresh or give dental treats like C.E.T. Chews.
      

      
     
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