Small dogs are more prone to certain health problems than large dogs. Here are five of the most common health issues in small dogs:
Patellar luxation is a condition in which the kneecap (patella) dislocates from its normal groove in the thighbone (femur). This can cause pain, lameness, and instability in the affected leg.
Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is a condition in which the disks between the vertebrae in the spine rupture or herniate. This can put pressure on the spinal cord and cause pain, weakness, and paralysis.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level drops too low. This can happen in small dogs, especially puppies, if they don't eat enough or if they exercise too much without eating.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. Pancreatitis can be mild or severe, and it can be life-threatening in some cases.
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent common health problems in small dogs:Feed your dog a high-quality diet.Exercise your dog regularly, but don't overdo it.
If your small dog is diagnosed with a common health problem, there are a number of treatment options available. Your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan that is best for your dog's individual needs.