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Nutrition for Small Dogs


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Is your dog a small dog? Small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can weigh between 6 and 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 17 inches tall. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:

-         Small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. Premium foods with high-quality ingredients and protein sources are key to maintaining his overall health and may even help him live longer.
-         Because of their longevity, small dogs can be more at risk for health issues including obesity, dental disease and skin and coat conditions. Look for premium foods that can help address these issues.
-         Small dogs have smaller mouths and jaws. Try smaller-sized kibble that will accommodate his petite palate.
For recommendations on foods for small breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Mini Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Mini Poodles and Mini Schnauzers, ask a PetSmart associate about our best brands including Royal Canin, Avoderm, Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Pro Plan and Eukanuba.

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15 Mar 2010 4:27 pm

dollie326 said:

I've had 3 Chihuahuas and I didn't notice any difference in how long they live. They all have had health problems. One had a heart murmur, one had allergies really bad, and the one I have now has epilepsy. She's 12 now but still acts like a puppy at times. I feed her Blue Buffalo because it seems to be the healthiest food I've seen. I get all my supplies at Pet Smart. I wish they filled prescriptions too. Anyone with any suggestions to help eliminate the seizures I'd like to hear from. She can't go without her meds, I've tried that with disasterous results. I now have to carry liquid valium for her to stop the bad seizures.

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