7 Most Common Health Problems Seen in Small Dogs

Slipping kneecaps are prevalent in small dogs. Signs are skipping or limping. Surgery may be required.

Luxating Patellas

Toy breeds have trouble regulating blood sugar. Know signs of low blood sugar like lethargy and trembling.


Some small dogs like Chihuahuas are prone to heart valve issues and defects from birth. 

Heart Defects

A weak windpipe causes coughing and difficulty breathing. Use a harness over a collar.

Collapsing Trachea

Crowded teeth put small dogs at increased tooth and gum disease risk requiring extra dental care.

Dental Disease  

Difficulty urinating may indicate bladder crystals or stones requiring special diet. 

Bladder Stones   

Protruding eyes common in brachycephalic breeds are prone to scratches, ulcers and dryness. 

Eye Issues  

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