Our sweet dog James is such a small little guy. He’s no more than 7 lbs yet has the personality of a great dane. He’s had a rough Winter season with 3 surgeries under his belt but Spring is finally here and James is so ready to kick his cone to the curb and get out there to enjoy the beautiful sunshine this long weekend. He’s fully prepped thanks to the #springforsmalldogs gift pack Mars Canada sent him!
In our new subdivision, practically every other house has a small dog – there are Shih tzus, Yorkies, Boston Terriers. Growing up my neighbour had not one but THREE Great Danes and it seemed like everyone owned a Golden Retriever (thanks Full House! We <3 Comet) but now 60% of dog households in Canada own a small dog (35 lbs or less) which completely makes sense given all the condos going up and urbanization happening.
Being a small dog owner isn’t so easy though. Yes, they’re smaller and are easy to handle than bigger breeds, but they do require special attention. I know James and any other small breed I’ve owned have had are fussy eaters and it’s been tough trying to find something he loves and will eat without me having to coax him or hand feed it to him. To help aid this, we looked for specific foods that are meant for small dog breeds that make it easy for their little jaws to chew. Or, to change it up a bit for him, we mix in a little bit of wet food to add some different textures and this usually does the trick. You can look out for brands like CESAR®, IAMS®, and PEDIGREE® that offer a range of specialized recipes specifically for small dogs!
Small breed dogs are also more susceptible to gum disease due to tooth crowding. James had some dental work done and had some teeth pulled so it’s so important to keep not only their teeth but their gums in good shape by doing some daily brushing along with providing food and treats that are designed to support oral care.
James is just getting to the end of his recovery period of his last surgery so getting this gift pack couldn’t have come at a better time! It included tons of CESAR® wet and dry food, a cozy bed and a bunch of fun toys perfect for his size!
And because James loved his gift pack so much, we’re giving away the pack below from Mars Canada to another fellow small dog owner! All you have to do to enter is comment what your favourite small dog breed is + your e-mail address. (Contest closes on May 27 – Open to Canadian residents only)
Good luck to everyone that enters! Happy long weekend!